Learning Academy

The Learning Academy programme offers adult visitors unique access to V&A collections and expertise. Whether you are interested in studying the history of art, design and performance, learning a new creative skill or building a career in the museum sector, there is a flexible part-time experience for you.

Adult learning

Adult learning

Drawing on the specialist knowledge of staff, practitioners and historians, the V&A has over 30 years’ experience in delivering high-quality learning experiences for adults. Officially launched in 2017, the Learning Academy offers privileged access to world-renowned collections and expertise.

Learning Academy 2018-19 Courses will be available to book online and by phone from 9am, Monday 14 May.

Professional development

Professional development

Professional Development Programme

Intensive part-time professional development sessions at the V&A provide an unparalleled opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to work in today’s museums. Facilitated by expert V&A staff, you’ll gain first-hand insight into current projects and develop immediate applications for your expanded skills and knowledge.

International Training

Week-long intensive training courses offer museum professionals from around the world the opportunity to work with V&A experts on specific aspects of museum practice. Talks and hands-on workshops provide an engaging platform to share best practice, inspire innovations and form long-lasting professional relationships.

V&A Innovative Leadership Programme

Focussing on both personal and professional growth, this annual part-time Masters level programme has been bringing mid-level and senior museum managers together to develop new skills, insights and opportunities for more than a decade.

Conservation & Collections Care Technicians Diploma

Whether you are moving a steam engine or a 15th-century Venetian glass, the questions you ask as you begin to plan your move will be the same. Developed jointly by the V&A and Icon, this award acts as proof of the skills safely and effectively manage for yourself, your colleagues and the objects you are responsible for.

V&A/RCA History of Design Postgraduate Programme (MA, MPhil and PhD)

Taught by a dedicated team of academics based in the Research Department of the V&A and the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, this programme has an established reputation for pioneering new forms of design historical enquiry in global contexts, from the 15th century to the contemporary.