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 Annual Conference 2018

Creative ecologies and sustainable industries

#CHEAD2018 will explore the relationships between creative HE and the creative economy as a whole and the future of creative endeavour in the UK.

Main themes include:

- Defining the creative ecology for the 21st Century

- Managing and creating evidence of the impact of the Creative Ecology

- Creative ecologies, STEAM, and the interdisciplinary

- Futuristic creative ecologies and sustainable industries

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Member profile

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).