The V&A offers a huge variety of ways to learn about and engage with our collections as well as to benefit professionally from our experience and expertise. There is a vibrant and exciting programme of events and courses for primary, secondary, college students and teachers and our Learning Academy offers adult courses as well as training for professionals in the culture and heritage sector, both nationally and internationally. We also have great facilities in which to teach, study and get closer to our collections.
Bring your passion to life by joining a V&A Academy experience at the V&A. A wide range of part-time adult courses, workshops, conferences, study days and professional development opportunities allow you to experience the V&A’s wealth of knowledge in new and exciting ways.
From handling replica objects and trying on costumes in our workshops and gallery sessions, to the ever-changing exhibition and displays programme, the V&A is the place to bring students to experience inspirational learning.
Secondary schools and colleges
Secondary school and college students acquire new and transferable skills, knowledge, curiosity and inspiration from our extensive programme of activities and events. These range from free gallery-based sessions, curator talks and career days, to DesignLab projects.
Download free resources, take part in artist-led practical sessions or come to one of our Twilight events to explore the latest exhibitions. Enrich your classroom practice and creativity through working with contemporary creative practitioners, museum experts and our unrivalled collection of art, design and performance.
V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design
If you're ready to take your learning a step further then why not try our 15-month MA in the History of Design? Taught by a dedicated team of academics based in the Research Department of the V&A and the School of Arts and Humanities at the Royal College of Art, the programme has an established reputation for pioneering new forms of design historical enquiry in global contexts, from the 15th century to the contemporary.
Discover our programme of events for young people interested in fashion, digital design, performance and architecture. Take part in an exciting programme of workshops, courses, career-focussed events and free festivals.
Families can enjoy free activities and events at the Museum every day. The ever-changing programme encourages play and learning through the diverse V&A collection and temporary exhibitions.
Supporting contemporary artists, designers and makers has always been at the heart of the V&A's mission. Our Residency Programme enables creative practitioners to gain unique access to the Museum's collections, archives and curatorial expertise.