V&A Announces DesignLab Nation National Programme To Support Design Education

Online Earth reports that the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) have announced DesignLab Nation, a national programme to support design education for 11 to 16-year-olds, working with regional museums. 

From Bauhaus to Bowie, Mackintosh to McQueen, the V&A’s collections and exhibitions celebrate the great heritage of design and making in Britain and around the world. Museums in Blackburn, Coventry and Sheffield will be involved.

Launching in September 2017, the V&A’s DesignLab Nation programme will target 11-16-year-olds in predominantly industrial areas, bringing together secondary schools in partnership with local museums and regional creative industries to inspire students, train teachers and preserve the essential role that Art, Design and Technology play in education for young people.

The V&A’s pilot programme is designed to help support the new Design and Technology GSCE, beginning this September

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “At a time when the creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest national and economic assets, we want to inspire and support students and teachers as the new Design and Technology GSCE arrives this autumn… By bringing together local industry, museums and schools, DesignLab Nation will ensure that the V&A delivers on our founding purpose, to educate and inspire the artists, innovators, designers and creatives of tomorrow.”

The V&A will lend its collections, help recruit schools and design practitioners, develop each project with the local museum and provide a comprehensive programme of training and professional development for teachers.  

Skills will also be shared among partners throughout the programme, and over 1,000 students, 250+ teachers and regional museum staff involved in the projects will be invited to the V&A in London as part of the DesignLab Nation project.

Read more V&A Announces DesignLab Nation National Programme To Support Design Education 

Are the creative industries one of our greatest national and economic assets? Or do you think that the UK  is falling behind in design innovation? Can projects like this help? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or on Twitter ~ Tamsin

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