V&A Dundee

Schools

Welcome to a world of discovery by design

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 will give pupils the opportunity to explore design in an inspirational setting.

Bookings for tours and workshops between October – December 2018 will be available for Tay City schools only (those based in Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Fife). From January 2019 bookings will be open to all schools.

For advice about visiting, to check availability or to book one of our sessions contact, bookings@vandadundee.org

Tours

Tours

Our schools tours are free and will be led by practicing designers. They last approximately one hour and must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

Bookings for tours between October – December 2018 will be available for Tay City schools only (those based in Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Fife). From January 2019 bookings will be open to all schools.

Discovering Design: The Scottish Design Galleries

An introduction to the Scottish Design Galleries, this tour will tell the story of Scotland’s design heritage and explore 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.

For advice about visiting, to check availability or to book one of our sessions contact, bookings@vandadundee.org

Discovering our temporary exhibitions

Guided tours of our temporary exhibitions will be 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 will be offering a range of exciting practical design workshops to complement each temporary exhibition. More information will be available over summer.

Workshops

Workshops

Our practical workshops have been designed with and tested by school pupils and teachers. Each will last two hours and costs £4.50 per pupil. These must be booked at least four weeks in advance.

Designer-led workshops

Using objects from the collection as inspiration, pupils will be 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 will 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
  • Architecture
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Product design

Hack-intosh workshop

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 will hack an iconic piece of Mackintosh design in an innovative and creative way using a range of materials.

Bookings for workshops between October – December 2018 will be available for Tay City schools only (those based in Dundee, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Fife). From January 2019 bookings will be open to all schools.

For advice about visiting, to check availability or to book one of our sessions contact, bookings@vandadundee.org

Senior pupils

Senior pupils

We will have a variety of events aimed at senior school pupils, ranging from design-led courses to regular drop-in study sessions. More details will be available over the coming months.

Career-long professional leaning

Career-long professional leaning

Through our schools programme we want to encourage teachers and educational professionals to try something new. There will be a range of events and workshops to help enhance your professional development. Find out more as we get closer to opening.

Additional information

Additional information

To find out more about our facilities, including coach parking and our picnic room, take a look at our visitor information.

For information about our Travel Fund contact, schools@vandadundee.org

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.

At the time of booking please let us know the following:

  • What you would like to book
  • A range of possible dates for your visit (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday only)
  • Contact details
  • Group size and age of pupils
  • Whether you want to book the picnic room
  • Payment or invoice details

Please specify any access needs and discuss health and safety requirements when booking.

For advice about visiting, to check availability or to book one of our sessions contact, bookings@vandadundee.org