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

Meet our new Trustee!

Find out more about new CHEAD Trusee Kai Syng Tan, who joins the CHEAD Board of Trustees after being elected at the AGM in March 2024.

It was my first visit to such an event - having only recently been made course leader. I found the experience very valuable, not only in terms of the discussions and presentations but also as a social / networking event. It's good to feel part of a community. The organisation and hospitality was incredibly well organised and welcomed

– University of Cumbria

I have to say I thought the day was excellent - as per usual - each talk sparked many ideas of how we could make significant improvements in Portsmouth. I have decided that these need to be attended by more than one person from my School / Faculty going forward though, and then try and clear the day following to discuss and digest through follow up planning meetings! Thanks again for another excellent day and for all your hard work at CHEAD.

– University of Portsmouth

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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