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Young People

What happens in an Art School? How will coming to Manchester School of Art help me develop a creative practice and how can this progress into a career? What role does an Art Graduate have in the 21st century workplace? How can I build my confidence to be more creative?

Manchester School of Art has a large programme of events for young people across the region to help answer these questions.

Design LAB

Design LAB at Marketplace Studios, Stockport

Arts Award Programme

19 April — 26 July 2017

This 14 week workshop programme will develop the skills of young people interested in creative subjects and enable them to achieve an Silver Arts Award.

Achieve a national qualification and strengthen your creative and leadership skills at this tailored workshop programme. Run by Manchester School or Art tutors and academics, and with opportunities to work with practicing artists in an operational studio and gallery space, this programme will allow you to achieve your creative goals in preperation for further education and employment.

Once completed, the Silver Arts Award can be turned into Gold by taking our Design LAB Summer School in August 2017.

This course is suitable for young people aged 14 – 18.

Course Fee: £300

Book your place

To find out more please email Elle Simms on

Arts Award

National Art & Design Saturday Club

The Saturday Club at Manchester School of Art is a FREE project offering young people in year school years 9-11 the opportunity to come and learn, explore, make, trial, draw, examine, interrogate and take risks through Art and Design workshops held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Delivered by specialist tutors, pupils are offered exciting workshops in a range of creative disciplines. Sessions are fun and relaxed while also allowing young people to learn about the breadth of Art and Design courses on offer at Manchester School of Art.

Now in its seventh year, the National Art and Design Saturday Club runs in 45 locations across the UK. As well as more than 100 hours of specialist tuition, young people also benefit from visits to museums and galleries, Masterclasses from leading art and design practitioners and an exhibition of their work at London's Somerset House.

View the Manchester School of Art Saturday Club blog at

This course starts every new school year. To find out more please join our mailing list

National Art and Design Saturday Club

Summer Schools 2017

Here at Manchester School of Art we run summer creative programmes, giving young people the opportunity to come and explore being creative through innovative workshops and exciting techniques. Come and experience life in the Art School and work alongside our staff and students to gain access to our facilities and the extensive processes which we work with, here on a daily basis.

Trial and Error

24 — 28 July 2017

This week long Summer School will give students the opportunity to explore risk taking, creative thinking, trialing, design and strategies for overcoming failure. We will develop a platform for generating creative ideas and encourage failing spectacularly to give students the opportunity to celebrate the disasters and acknowledge how “doing it the wrong way” will develop the most innovative creative outputs!

Suitable for year 9 – 11 students

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Minecrafting Ceramic Narratives

7 — 11 August 2017

Blurring the boundaries between digital and physical making, this Summer School will allow students to develop skills in researching, translating ideas, and using RaspberryPi. Students will develop new and exciting surfaces for ceramic ware by translating traditional ceramic scenes into innovative modern depictions, utilising Manchester School of Art’s specialist workshops and equipment.

Suitable for year 8 – 11 students

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Portfolio Production

31 July — 4 August 2017

With input from specialist careers and academic staff at Manchester School of art, this week will help students who are interested in studying a creative subject at Higher Education Level. Through mini projects and specialist workshops we will develop a portfolio and discuss key skills needed for preparation and interview at Art School.

Suitable for year 11 – 13 students

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Summer School Terms & Conditions

Booking confirmation: We will confirm your place on the course by email as soon as sufficient enrolment is reached. This can be up to a few days prior to the start of a workshop. However, we aim to let participants know as soon as possible if a workshop is going ahead. Meeting points, contact details, and any additional requirements will be included in your welcome email.

Cancellation: If you wish to make a cancellation you can do so up to a week before the start date. Refunds cannot be offered after this period. Sometimes the department may be forced to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrolment, in which case you will be given a full refund.

If you would like to know about future Summer Schools, please join our mailing list.

Out of Schools

Showcasing the work of schools, colleges and community groups

Since 2007 the Out of Schools exhibition has been showcasing art works from schools, colleges, and community groups in Manchester School of Art’s professional gallery spaces. Exhibitions include work produced from within the creative and cultural sectors to showcase work produced by young people across our city. We provide a platform for the creative achievements of young people in Manchester to be seen, heard, read, played, touched, explored and admired.

If you are a school, college, or creative group who would like to know more about being involved with our Out of Schools exhibition please get in touch with Elle Simms at

Visit our blog to see past Out of Schools exhibitions.

Creative Futures

An event for Pupils, Parents, Teachers, Heads and Governors

Creative Futures at Manchester School of Art is an opportunity for pupils, parents and educators to see how one of the largest art schools in the UK delivers a world-class creative education and discover what skills we look for in our applicants.

Find out what it means for students to study Art, Design, Media and Architecture subjects at university. This event offers visitors the chance to engage with School of Art staff and students through talks, tours and creative demonstrations.

Who is is for?

  • College and Sixth Form Students
  • GCSE options stage students
  • Parents and Carers
  • Teachers and Educators

Further details


Manchester School of Art is working with artist and Maker Gemma Latham to devise creative workshops in which you will explore how Minecraft can be used as a powerful creative tool. Using a Raspberry Pi and Minecraft software you will be introduced to coding and a variety of free software tools for generating and manipulating your Minecraft structures before exploring your designs in the physical world.

In these workshops students will be introduced to the work of a variety of designers using new technology to generate 3D artworks and products as well as being shown examples of Minecraft being used in creative projects.

This course is currently in the planning stages. To be added to our mailing list please sign up here.

Creative Courses

We regularly run creative courses for young people at Manchester School of Art

Further details can be found on our Short Courses page.

Previous courses include Introduction to Graphic Design & Art Direction for Young People and Filmmaking with Drones.

Homework Club

Art & Design GCSE Homework Club

Wednesdays, 4.30pm—6.30pm

Homework Club starts again during the Autumn term. Join our mailing list and we will notify you when the dates are confirmed.

On Wednesdays after school, bring your homework and current art project work to build and develop practical skills in a thriving, creative environment at Manchester School of Art.

Manchester Metropolitan University are offering GCSE Art support at Manchester School of Art for pupils in need of a creative environment to complete their Art homework. With support from Art School tutors and current Undergraduate and Postgrdauate students, this club will offer a relaxed and friendly space for creative work to be completed.

An opportunity to meet new people and develop exisiting skills, this club is open to all Art, Design, and Creative subject pupils in the lead up to thier GCSE exams. Please bring a snack to Homework club, drinks will be provided.

For more details, please email