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If you have a professional interest in art, craft & design education, NSEAD membership is, quite simply, an essential.

We represent you – your subject, your learners.

NSEAD is unique. Established in 1888, NSEAD is the only trade union, learned society and professional body for art, craft & design educators across the UK.

Join our Subject Association (as an individual or an organisation) and be part of our thriving community of art educators. Or join our Trade Union, and your subscription includes all NSEAD Subject Association benefits.

NSEAD is for you, your career and our subject. Here are just some of the benefits of joining us…

Resources and guidance – supporting every area of your work and career

Essential updates – regular newsletter direct to your inbox

Continuing Professional Development – discount rate on publications, events, courses, conferences

Free subscriptions – to The International Journal of Art & Design Education online and AD Magazine

Enhanced status as a member of the UK’s professional body and learned society for art, craft and design education

Direct line for support in the workplace – Full Trade Union cover available

The NSEAD voice – Making a difference together to promote and protect our subject

Access to our online forum of art, craft and design professionals

Access Art

AccessArt works to inspire & enable high quality visual arts teaching, learning & practice. Find out how we do that and how you can get involved…

AccessArt was founded in 1999 by Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli, graduates of the Royal College of Art Sculpture School. In 2004 AccessArt became a charity (Registered Number 1105049), with the aim of furthering advancement in the visual arts. AccessArt is now the leading provider of digital visual arts resources in the UK, providing inspiration and ideas to the whole community.

To join Explore the benefits of joining AccessArt! We have nearly 6000 members in the UK and overseas!  Register for free –


Welcome to the PHOTOPEDAGOGY
created by photography teachers for photography teachers



The site is for all teachers of photography who are happy to share aspects of their practice. The site is about the art (and science) of photography teaching.


Photography courses are rapidly growing in number. Teachers value opportunities to collaborate with their colleagues. We aim to showcase a range of exciting ideas about why and how photography can be taught.


Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to the site. We need guest blog posts, articles, great lesson plans. All contributions will be moderated and credited. This site is a platform for great ideas and shared resources.

Threshold Concepts are the BIG IDEAS that will help students develop a deeper understanding of photography. They are not meant to be instantly understood. Once opened, they introduce students to troublesome knowledge; a new way of seeing the subject they are studying. As students become more confident, working their way across the threshold, they will begin to recognise and understand these big ideas. They will become more useful in helping them think hard about what they do, whether that’s looking at other people’s photographs or making their own.


ArtPedagogy aims to promote reflective, authentic art and design teaching and learning, delivered with a spirit of ‘serious mischief’. Our Threshold Concepts for Art provide the framework for this. We hope that these ‘big ideas’ will inspire and challenge, instigating thoughtful discussions and positive actions.

As with our sister site, PhotoPedagogy, the aim is for ArtPedagogy to grow as a supportive community – a useful place for art teachers (and students) to take from and contribute to; a diverse representation of ideas and experiences would be very welcome.

Radical Education Forum

The *Radical Education Forum* is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings who meet monthly to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved in education. We are interested in how these theories and questions can inform our practice. The Forum supports social justice in education, linking practitioners within mainstream educational institutions, community education initiatives, social movements, arts organisations and self-organised groups.

Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month at from 7-9pm and are open to all. Freedom Books (through side door rather than main shop entrance, meeting room on 2nd floor), Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 (nearest tube Aldgate East)

We launched the Radical Education Workbook Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the London Anarchist Bookfair at Queen Mary University.
Please download and enjoy a free copy here

Libertarian Education

Lib Ed was formed in 1966 as the Libertarian Teachers Association. It now explores libertarian practice and ideas in education around the world, linking and supporting others with similar ideals, running a website and organising conferences.

Forthcoming conference organised by Lib Ed and Radical Education Forum called State of Education is going to take place in London on 1st March 2013. More info here.

Art Education Forum

How can we take a more active stance within art education in response to recent and imminent changes with the restructuring, cuts and job losses that come in their wake?  These seem to have caught us on the back foot with an apparent schism between theoretical radicalism and our ability to act collectively. Our aim is to establish a forum to encourage communication and solidarity between those working across the various sectors of art education, in order to increase our confidence to act and speak within these different contexts. The monthly meetings are intended to open up a space in which to promote exchanges, increase awareness about what is going on across the sector, foster new allegiances and suggest strategies for resistance and reassertion of our collective responsibility for art education. Promoting the intrinsic value of art in schools, colleges and universities, and defending art as a subject of study available to all is central to our concerns, as are working conditions and workplace democracy – conducive to the best art education.

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