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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CHEAD sponsors the 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' category at THE Awards 2016

CHEAD is proud to sponsor the 'Excellence and Innovation in the Arts' category at the forthcoming Times Higher Education Awards 2016. THE Awards are open to all UK higher education institutions and are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector. Each year the awards attracts hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across all aspects of university life, showing us countless reasons why our institutions continue to prosper.

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The Edinburgh College of Art

ECA is a vibrant and creative community of students and academics: a place of experimentation, explo …

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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).