Art and Design higher education community

The universities and art colleges listed here offer a comprehensive range of free of charge resources for Art and Design teachers and students, both online and face-to-face.

Listings include:

  • community outreach programmes for local schools and colleges
  • mentoring schemes run by undergraduates and postgraduates
  • A-level portfolio reviews, open days, teacher taster days, workshops, degree shows and teacher CPD.

You will also find higher education guides on a range of topics, specifically written for AQA Art and Design teachers and students.

This is a growing resource which will be updated periodically with relevant listings and higher education guides. To register for updates by email, please sign up here

To see what each institution offers, simply click the logo.

If you have used resources you think may benefit others, please let us know by contacting art@aqa.org.uk

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Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is home to one of most established, largest and most significant centres for art, design and architecture education in the world.

More information | Birmingham City University website

Birmingham City University website

Coventry School of Art & Design

Coventry School of Art & Design offers a number of exciting and valuable opportunities for pupils and teachers interested in our subject areas.

More information | Coventry School of Art & Design website

Coventry School of Art & Design website

Norwich University of the Arts

Norwich University (NUA) is proud of its relationship with schools and colleges. We provide various tailored outreach services, including class campus visits, on site visits to your school/college, annual teacher days, higher education taster days and free workshops.

More information | Norwich University of the Arts website

Norwich University of the Arts website

University for the Creative Arts

University for the Creative Arts (UCA) offers a range of community outreach programmes for schools and colleges and higher education fairs to support students looking to study Architecture, Art, Communication, Design, Media and Film subjects at university.

More information | University for the Creative Arts website

University for the Creative Arts website

University of Derby

If you have a creative, curious streak and enjoy working with others, graphic design would be a great opportunity for a diverse and exciting career. Innovation in business, creating ideas to improve lives, solving problems through invention and collaboration are a few of the reasons to consider a career in Art and Design.

More information | University of Derby website

University of Derby website

University of Leeds

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds have always been keen to engage the next generation of artists and art historians, and run a wide range of events to support young people considering a degree in our subjects.

More information | University of Leeds website

University of Leeds website

University of Westminster

The Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, at the University of Westminster host open days throughout the year. Our staff and students also engage directly with schools through outreach activities, taster workshops on campus that cover specific media and subject areas.

More information | University of Westminster website

University of Westminster website