The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design is the association of educational institutions with degree or postgraduate provision in art and design.


CHEAD is the representative body for the art, design, creative media, and related disciplines in higher education. 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.

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Presentations and resources from the CHEAD Conference 2017: Global Connections Through Arts, Design and Media – Brexit and Beyond

Download the presentations from the recent CHEAD conference.

The aim of this conference was to bring together international partners and potential partners including from India, China and across Europe, to share perspectives on the challenges from their own standpoint and work together to identify new opportunities for links and collaborations.

It was also to engage policymakers and innovative individuals from arts and creative businesses so that the problems they are confronting are integrated into the debates together with awareness of contrasting concerns across different national and regional contexts.

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Staffordshire University

The mission of the School of Creative Arts and Engineering is to develop the artists, designers and …

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CHEAD membership is open to institutions offering higher education in art and design, and our members include all types of higher education institutions (small-specialist, Russell Group, post-92 university, public as well as privately funded).