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Arts Education

Our post-16 programme is designed to challenge and equip learners with the knowledge and information they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. It supports your students in their journey to higher education, providing them with a clearer understanding of university life whilst giving them tangible experience to reflect in their UCAS personal statements.

  • Young Reviewers

    Young Reviewers is an independent project designed for KS5 students interested in performance and journalism. Armed with a free ticket to a production/screening at the Lakeside theatre, students write a review, submit their work and will receive individual feedback from the department.

    We’ve designed a handy resource to help them understand the key points to look out for during a performance. We’ll showcase the best reviews on our Lakeside Theatre website.

    Share this opportunity with your students who simply need to download a Young Reviewers Pack (.pdf).

  • Masters Exhibition

    We offer bespoke visits to Art Exchange where students will experience a broad range of contemporary art. This can be supported by an academic lecture or hands-on workshop led by an experienced arts practitioner.

    During the spring term, the gallery hosts an exhibition curated by MA students who gather pieces from across the world in response to a theme. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about our Curatorial Studies course and feel inspired to make the transition into HE themselves.

    • 22 May 2018
    • 30 May 2018
    • 6 June 2018

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  • Digital Makers Day

    Digital Makers Day

    Friday 13 July 2018, 9.45am – 4.00pm, at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus

    This fast-paced, highly interactive day will be a brilliant addition to the students’ personal statements in the run up to the UCAS application deadline. The students will be exposed to word-class academics, artists and the University’s own fantastic students, enabling them to consider university as a vibrant environment to explore and develop their passion for the arts.

    An exciting day for Year 12 students to explore the arts through digital technology and computer game design. Young people will work with digital technologists and artists and through visual art, video game design software and coding they will experiment and explore the possibilities of digital creativity. During the day the students will take part in a number of hands-on workshops enabling them to work collaboratively to respond to a creative brief. Students will be encouraged to try new things and explore their own creative practice in an entirely new way.

    Dr Matt Lodder, Art Historian at the University of Essex will deliver a lightning talk to the students to enhance their understanding of digital creativity and demonstrate artists whose work has been influenced by growth in technology.

    Groups of 15 x Year 12 Students.

    • We encourage schools to identify students who have an interest in art, music, drama, dance and/or digital technology
    • Young people do not need to have prior experience in technology, just enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire to create something new

    To book:

    Places are limited, so please get in touch soon to secure your booking. Contact Clare Ruffle at or telephone: 01206 873883.

    "The art history/maths lecture…gave the students a taste of what uni will be like. The workshops encouraged our pupils to challenge themselves and think outside of the box."

Teacher CPD

Our popular CPD enables teachers to share best practice and gain new ideas to take back to the classroom.

Engaging and Motivating Boys in Art and Design

Thursday 12 July 2018 from 9.00am-3.30pm at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus

A three-part presentation and hands-on workshop to explore the issues that contribute to the underachievement and poor levels of engagement, predominantly of boys. The presentation will be supported by research data and analysis, feedback from teachers, Ofsted HMI and NSEAD. Guidance and activities will develop teachers' understanding of these issues before exploring strategies and approaches teachers can use to address these issues within their own departments.

The day also includes;

  • Insight into West Suffolk College's MARS initiative (TES Award Winner 2016) – a project that merges maths, art, religion and science.
  • Talk from University of Essex Art Historian and Co-Director of the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Dr. Michael Tymkiw.
  • Introduction to Artsmark - a practical tool for schools and education settings seeking to enrich their arts provision.

Bookings can be made via our Eventbrite page. Lunch and parking is also included.

Contact us

To find out more about our programme please contact the Arts Education Team at