Secondary schools & colleges

Our extensive secondary schools & colleges programme is designed to give students advice and practical hands-on experience of working in the creative industries and opportunities to meet and work with professional artists, designers and performers.

Download the Schools & Colleges 2016/17 brochure to find out more and book sessions, workshops and events detailed below:

Making a Visit

Making a Visit

The V&A is the home of art, craft, design and performance. From Bauhaus to Bowie, Mackintosh to McQueen, it is packed with creativity and ideas just waiting to be unlocked and it’s all free for you and your students to explore!

All school group visits must be pre-booked. A minimum of three weeks' notice is required for tours and workshops and a minimum of 10 days for self-guided and exhibition visits.

For further advice on planning a school visit, contact:
Schools Liaison Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2266
Email: schools@vam.ac.uk

To book, contact:
Bookings office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000, 9.00 – 17.30, 7 days a week
Email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Or download the booking form below:

At the time of booking please let us know:

  • The event or activity you would like to do
  • A range of possible dates for your visit
  • Contact details
  • Group size and age of pupils
  • Whether you want to book a lunchroom slot
  • The galleries you are planning to visit
  • If you would like to book a study room
  • If you would like to book tickets for any exhibitions
  • Payment or invoice details

You will be sent a letter of confirmation which you must bring with you on the day of your visit.

Exhibition Visits

Enjoy our vibrant exhibitions programme and take advantage of the concessionary ticket rate for educational groups - £3 per student and teacher. Teachers receive a complimentary ticket when making a group booking, in order to make a preparatory visit. We offer one ticket per class (up to 35 students) and a maximum of two tickets for bookings of two classes or more.

Find out more about our exhibitions.

The V&A is currently undergoing a major programme of renewal and restoration. If you are planning to see a specific gallery or object with your students please check the gallery closures or contact us using the details above.

The Learning Centre is temporarily located on Level 3.

Art, craft & design

Art, craft & design

Gallery-based sessions

FREE
90 minutes, starting at 11.00 & 13.00
Download the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page for dates and topics.
Maximum 25 students per session.
Book now 020 7942 2000

Led by professional artists and designers, these sessions explore creative responses to museum collections, develop research skills and take inspiration from historical and cross-cultural objects through innovative hands-on activities.

Download our session summary guides to find out more about our Gallery-based sessions:

Workshops

£150.00
10.30 – 14.30

Download the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page for dates and topics.

In-depth practical sessions led by professional artists and designers, exploring the design process and taking inspiration from museum objects to develop creative thinking and making skills. Linking directly to contemporary practice, students will see how artists and designers use historic and contemporary design to inspire their work.

Download our session summary guides to find out more about our popular workshops:

Graphic Gathering

You have given a very talented young designer a fantastic platform and a step towards a successful career. I am hoping that winning this competition will make him realise just how talented he is!

Teacher, Graphic Gathering

Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. The competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a live brief. Each year we set the brief to focus on a different area within Graphic Design from digital to print. Previous partners have included the V&A shop, Art on the Underground and BBC Radio 1. We are delighted to be working with Amnesty International UK for 2017-18. This year’s brief is to design an icon for Amnesty International UK that conveys the message ‘Refugees Welcome’.

This two-day project consists of a group briefing in the autumn term and culminates in a student presentation evening to a panel of industry experts and other participating schools in the spring. Teachers are supported with a CPD evening in advance of the project starting, bespoke resources and optional research visits. Graphic Gathering is designed to be delivered as a unit of coursework or a portfolio project.

FREE
Find out more and register your interest at Schools@vam.ac.uk
Limited to 20 schools with a maximum of two teachers and 25 students per school.

DesignLab

DesignLab

DesignLab brings schools together with museum educators, practising artists and designers and the Museum's collections to work on projects. It provides teachers with training and CPD opportunities to develop new and innovative ways of teaching design.

Creative Quarter

Creative Quarter

It has been an amazing day. I've seen and learnt a lot of stuff!

Year 9 student

FREE
Places limited, booking essential
The 2017 date will be announced shortly.
Book now 020 7942 2000

Don't miss out on the V&A's flagship careers event for Secondary students - a unique opportunity to get advice from artists, designers, performers and theatre practitioners, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students via exciting activities, workshops, talks and demonstrations.

Performing arts, media & English

Performing arts, media & English

The V&A is home to the national collection of performing arts. From ballet to theatre to rock 'n' pop, galleries explore the history and practice of performance through key objects.

Gallery-based session

FREE
1 hour, starting at 11.00 & 13.00
Download the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page for dates and topics.
Maximum of 25 students per session.
Book now 020 7942 2000

Download the session summary guide to find out more:

Workshops

£150.00
10.30-14.30
Download the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page for dates and topics.
Maximum 30 students per session (unless otherwise stated).

Practical workshops that encourage students to work with and learn from contemporary artists.

Download our session summary guides to find out more about our popular workshops:

Schools Screen

FREE
Available on request
Maximum 250 students per screening

Watch live recordings of acclaimed productions from the last 25 years selected from the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP). Titles range from the classics of Shakespeare to contemporary hits such as Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Screening

FREE
23 January, 11.00 – 14.30
Maximum 250 students

A set-text on both OCR and AQA exam boards, the V&A has the only live recording of this play, starring Mark Rylance as Johnny 'Rooster' Byron.

Shakespeare in Focus: Reel to Real

FREE
7 October, 7 December 2016, 8 & 29 March 2017, 10.30 – 12.30 or 14.00 – 16.00
Maximum 20 students per time slot

Watch award-winning films of classic Shakespeare texts and find out more about the extensive material and collections that we have to offer your students.

Shakespeare in a Suitcase

FREE
Available on request
Maximum 30 students per group

Use objects in the V&A to inspire your own interpretations and re-working of the Bard's plays and then perform them at the Museum.

Focus on the Practitioner

FREE
Available on request
Maximum 30 students per group

Use selected original archive material to explore how practitioners' ideas have developed. Bring theory to life and develop your own devised work back in the classroom and studio and then perform it here at the Museum.

Exam topic & bespoke sessions

Exam topic & bespoke sessions

Need help delivering a particular module or exam topic? We'd love to hear from you. The breadth of our collections and expertise covers a huge range of subjects. Our team can offer advice or we can devise and deliver a research day, tour or workshop.

Contact: schools@vam.ac.uk
A minimum of six weeks' notice is required for tailored sessions and costs apply.

SEND

SEND

Thank you so much. We so enjoy your workshops. Made the children's day in hospital much better!

Teacher, Hospital School

Special educational needs & disability programme (SEND) offers free multi-sensory and interactive sessions for students with special educational needs and disability centered around some of the most popular objects in the collections and encourages exploration through hands-on tactile objects and activities.

For museum visits, we can arrange a separate quiet space for lunch and changing facilities, if required, or we can come out to you and deliver the session at your school or specialist unit.

Contact us at schools@vam.ac.uk to get advice about visiting or to book one of our sessions. Session themes and dates can be found in the Schools & Colleges brochure at the top of the page.

Further resources for planning a visit

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