V&A Academy

Whether you’re piecing together the Italian Renaissance on an art history course, learning to sew in one of our practical courses, or exploring contemporary design discourse at a Friday Forum, embrace your creativity at the V&A Academy.

art history courses

art history courses

Our online courses offer sustained and thoughtful engagement with key subject areas from the history of art. Unlocking the V&A's outstanding collections and bringing together world-leading experts, they provide a thorough overview, whilst sparking the imagination, and preparing you for further study.

Wherever you are in the world, whenever you choose to study, our courses tell the story of human creativity by combining insightful lectures, Q&A sessions, group discussion and object case studies.

Practical courses

Practical courses

Learn to sew like a couturier, or master your digital camera with our rigorous practical courses. Making things with our hands helps us learn – about craft, about materials, about ourselves. Drawing from our world-class collections for inspiration, our tutors create warm, supportive spaces where everyone is welcome, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional.

Friday Forums

Friday Forums

Using the V&A’s major exhibitions as our starting point, we bring together curators, researchers, designers and makers. Together we break down the latest ideas and innovations in design discourse, and use this to shape how we look at the future.

African Heritage

African Heritage

Among the 2 million objects in the V&A’s collections are countless stories of Africa and the African diaspora. Together, we look to unearth and retell them, bringing together experts from the V&A and beyond. By providing a platform for these stories we will explore hidden histories, and question how they came to be obscured.

Professional Development

Professional Development

Develop the professional skills you need to work in today's museum sector. Led by expert staff, these intensive museum training courses use V&A case studies to provide unique insights into our collections, work and best practice. Want something bespoke? Get in touch.