Schools & Colleges Workshops (Summer 2023)

Join us at the museum for our  inspiring in-person, hands-on workshops with your class.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Art Studio, Learning Centre

  • Schools

  • Tickets cost £150.00

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Our workshops revolve around the design thinking process: exploring the museum collection through the lens of critical & creative thinking and problem solving. They support the National Curriculum at KS 2, 3,4 & 5 and complement study at GCSE and above. Each session can accommodate 1 class (maximum 32 students). We have 4 workshops to choose from for Primary and Secondary students.

Pattern, Shape & Me (KS1 & 2)
This workshop explores pattern & shape within the Islamic Middle East Galleries, whilst looking at the cultural identities behind their design. The session focuses on KS1 & 2 Maths curriculum, in particular Geometry, Art & Design and the PSHE curricula. This workshop includes a guided visit to the Islamic Middle East gallery.

Design Thinking: Design Iteration and Prototyping (KS2 & 3)
This workshop lays out a design thinking process of iteration and prototyping. Using the V&A’s Design 1900-NOW collection as a starting point, students are guided to pick out key objects, movements and individuals in this hands-on workshop.

Fashion Conscience (KS3-5)
This workshop uses the V&A’s dynamic and diverse fashion collection, drawing on particular pieces to highlight techniques, key movements, and influential individuals. Students explore how the change in silhouettes (male & female) and textiles are seen as a radical statement against political and social norms.

Design for Change (KS4 & 5)
In a world of big problems such as political uncertainty, economic instability, environmental crisis, an aging population, and conflict, design has a role to play in changing behaviours, creating social change and raising awareness to create a desirable and sustainable future. This workshop focuses on zeitgeist movements such as activism and social awareness, and students draw from the V&A 's collection of design as a catalyst for change.

You will receive an automated booking confirmation. Our Schools & Colleges team will be in touch by email to request details and provide you with follow-up information ahead of the visit.

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Header image: Students in a Fashion Workshop (c) Victoria and Albert Museum