The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design

CHEAD is the association of educational institutions with degree or postgraduate provision in art and design.

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CHEAD provides a voice for and on behalf of higher education art and design in the UK four nations advancing knowledge and understanding in the sector and promoting the sector’s interests to others. We carry out research, scan the policy horizon, brief our members, facilitate networking opportunities for senior staff from within and outside HE as well as helping to shape higher education art and design policy on our members’ behalf. We facilitate specialist internal networks supporting art and design research leaders, Subject Associations, and HE gallery leaders.


Art & design enrolments each year

Value of research income in millions

Creative Education Manifesto

This manifesto sets our eight asks, eight societal
benefits and eight economic benefits of investing in arts education in schools, colleges, and higher education. 

Creative Industries Festival

Hosted by the School of Arts and Creative Industries at University of East London, this festival will connect, educate, and inspire current and future creative talent and bring together the best of the UK creative and business communities.

Annual Conference 2024

Access resources from our recent Unlocked: Creativity and Culture for Positive Change Annual Conference

The CHEAD Annual Conference this year was hugely insightful. It was creative at its heart and truly demonstrated how strong and vibrant and committed the HE Arts education community is. Brilliant!

– Nathan Kelly: Head of School, Leeds Trinity University

Invaluable to take a day or two out from the normal routine to meet with like-minded colleagues, share practice and work together to influence national policy and the critical debates within the visual arts.

CHEAD Member

Latest News & Resources

Call for papers: NAFAE conference

The Art of ResistanceNational Association for Fine Art Education, Annual Conference @ UCA Canterbury, Kent. Wednesday September 4th, 2024 Deadline: Saturday 15 June, 2024.Confirmation: Monday 1 July, 2024. The Art School is changing, has changed and will continue to...

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New Qualifications in Art and Design

RSL Awards is a leading qualifications awarding organisation for creative subjects. We offer Level 1-3 qualifications in Music, Performing Arts, Digital Media and most recently Art & Design. Government reform of Level 3 qualifications mean that from 2026 there...

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CHEAD Members

Visit our members directory to view the profiles of CHEAD member institutions.

Member Profiles

Newcastle University

Our reputation is built on world-leading teaching, alongside world-leading research, disseminated in the form of publications, exhibitions, installations and interventions.

Leeds School of Arts

Leeds School of Arts, with a history that spans over 170 years is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact.

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