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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.

National Art & Design Saturday Club

Saturday Club is a free weekly club aimed at 13 - 16 year olds interested in art and design, exploring different artistic disciplines and encourage confidence and skills development.

Further details

National Art and Design Saturday Club

Summer Schools 2018

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 utilising 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.


30 July – 3 August
A week long programme for young people in year 9-11 to learn about moving the world around them. Learning step by step animation techniques resulting in a personal animated film by the end of the week, this exciting summer school will begin to make the inanimate come ALIVE!

Cost: £125 including all materials
Time: 10am - 3.30pm every day

Book your place

Portfolio Production

24 — 27 July
Designed to help Year 11 and 12 pupils through the portfolio and application process when applying for creative subjects at Higher Education. Techniques and strategies, with real art school interview advisors, will be delivered and explored to provide any future Art School applicant with the toolkit they need to construct a valuable portfolio.

Cost: £125 including all materials
Time: 10am - 3.30pm every day

Book your place

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.

Creative Media Camp

23 – 27 July 2018

If you’re aged 14-19, have a passion for the creative arts and are bursting with original ideas, then Creative Media Camp is for you! Reserve your free space now!

This five day workshop enables you to engage with a real business problem from BBC. You will take part in interactive workshops led by top BBC professionals to help build your skills in idea generation, strategy, production, design and pitching, as well as gaining knowledge of how a business works.

Register Online

Creative Futures

15 February 2018


An event for teachers, parents and pupils to find out more about the Creative Careers sector and how studying creative subjects can give you access to a broad range of industries and exciting career opportunities.

More details

Design LAB

Design LAB at Marketplace Studios, Stockport

Arts Award Programme

1 November 2017 — 14 May 2018

This 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 preparation for further education and employment.

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

Not currently enrolling, if you are interested in this programme please email Elle Simms on

Arts Award

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.


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.