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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Gallery Alliance

As part of its specialist professional networks, CHEAD supports a Gallery Alliance to provide a professional network for colleagues with Galleries and Collection in the CHEAD membership. The Alliance promotes knowledge and understanding throughout and beyond the gallery network and also promotes and shares best practice between member and associated gallery networks. The Alliance also promotes galleries and associated resources as part of the research, knowledge transfer, scholarly scholarship and public engagement infrastructure for art and design.

Member profile

Blackpool School of Arts

Blackpool School of Arts teaches divergent thinking; practical skills and digital competencies for t …

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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).