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.

Download CHEAD's Strategy to 2021

CHEAD Research Alliance

The CHEAD Research Alliance supports research leadership and develop activities and resources to support researchers in the sector. The Research Alliance advises and supports CHEAD members on research issues, identifies key issues and provides intelligence. The Research Alliance also disseminates policy updates and submits policy responses on behalf of the Alliance.

The CHEAD Research Alliance holds regular events for members of the network throughout the year. See our Events page for more information.

Member profile

The Northern School of Art

The Northern School of Art, or The Middlesbrough School of Art as it was first named, dates back to …

Become a member

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).