Design is everywhere and affects all aspects of our everyday lives. Exploring design helps us understand the world around us. It encourages us to be curious and ask questions.
Our Schools Programme has been designed to support pupils and educational staff from the early years to the end of secondary school. Interactive and fun, it gives pupils the opportunity to explore design in an inspirational setting.
Our schools tours are free and are led by practising designers. They last approximately one hour and must be booked at least six weeks in advance.
Discovering Design: The Scottish Design Galleries
An introduction to the Scottish Design Galleries, this tour tells the story of Scotland’s design heritage and explores the impact Scots have had, and continue to have, on the world around us through their creativity and innovation. Discovering Design will include a variety of design disciplines across our collection from fashion and textiles, to architecture and engineering to digital.
Discovering V&A Dundee: The building & the architect
Inside and outside, upstairs and down, take a tour of our magnificent building keeping an eye out for some unusual architectural features. Find out how the architect, Kengo Kuma, came to design such a unique building and how an architect thinks and works through the design process, from an idea sketched on a scrap of paper to a finished building.
Discovering our temporary exhibitions
Guided tours of our temporary exhibitions are free for school groups but must always be booked at least four weeks in advance. Led by experienced museum educators, this will be a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our blockbuster shows.
We offer a range of exciting practical design workshops to complement each temporary exhibition.
Our practical workshops have been designed with and tested by school pupils and teachers. They are open to nursery, primary and secondary schools and are tailored to meet the needs of your group. Each will last two hours and costs £4.50 per pupil. These must be booked at least six weeks in advance.
Using objects from the collection as inspiration, pupils are encouraged to be curious and creative in order to solve a design problem. In a practical, hands-on activity in our fully equipped learning studio, they will be guided through the design process.
As V&A Dundee hopes to influence and support career choices in the creative sector, our designers include information about their own practice as part of each workshop. Their specialisms will be matched as closely as possible to the content.
Choose from the following workshops:
- Graphics and illustration
- Game design
- Fashion and textiles
- Product design
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the most important designers of the 20th century and his individual style has become recognised globally, putting Scottish design on the map. The Mackintosh Oak Room is the heart of the Scottish Design Galleries and was originally a tea room.
In this Hack-intosh workshop, pupils "hack" an iconic piece of Mackintosh design supported by our designers: groups will explore, reimagine and transform his designs in an innovative and creative way using a range of materials.
We have a variety of events aimed at senior school pupils, ranging from design-led courses to regular drop-in study sessions.
Career-long professional learning
Through our schools programme we want to encourage teachers and educational professionals to try something new. There is a range of events and workshops to help enhance your professional development.
Schools Design Challenge
Design isn't just about making things; it's also about thinking and sharing new ideas. It can even be used to change the places we live, learn and play in.
We are inviting schools in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Highland regions to take part in our new Schools Design Challenge.
Travel Subsidy Fund
V&A Dundee has a travel fund to help school groups cover the costs of transport to and from the museum.
To find out more about our facilities, including coach parking and our picnic room, take a look at our visitor information.
Our aim is to be fully inclusive and responsive to your needs. For ASN groups we can arrange a quiet space for lunch and changing facilities if required.
Please specify any access needs and discuss health and safety requirements when booking.
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