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Schools and Teachers

The ICA offers a programme of events for schools and teachers, primarily designed for KS4, KS5 and upwards. Our aim is to support teachers in developing learning contexts that encourage young people to embrace different ways of looking and thinking.  

The Schools and Teachers programme offers interdisciplinary opportunities that enable teachers and educators to offer more expansive experiences for students and young people.

Open call for young people with an interest in the arts and creative industries! Find out how to support your student’s creative work

Artist Talks and Workshops in Schools

In April of 2017 the ICA announced its involvement in the London Cultural Education Challenge, an ambitious programme designed to bring about a step-change in Cultural Education and young people’s cultural engagement in London.    

Between October 2017 and March 2018 we are offering a series of free in-school workshops, talks and activities aimed at Year 11 and Sixth Form students.   

Careers and skills in the creative industries

Our off-site programme builds bridges between education and creativity by:

  • Supporting young people to identify pathways into the creative industries
  • Building on existing skills and generating opportunities to learn new ones  
  • Enabling students to steer their own learning by engaging in innovative extracurricular activities they can use on their CVs.  

Accredited Awards

From careers advice and film screenings to artist-led debates and workshops, by taking part young people can work towards obtaining nationally-recognised Open College Network accredited awards at Level 1 and Entry 3, such as Community Development & Leadership, Young Leader or Reflective Learning.  

Career-focused Sessions

  • Careers in architecture 
  • Fashion focus: Portfolio advice  
  • Careers in illustration and graphic design 
  • Interview skills and confidence   

Artist-led Workshops

  • Screen printing
  • Graphic design and illustration
  • Smartphone filmmaking
  • Film screening and debate  

Explore the activities below and let us know what you’d like to see in your school. Whether you want to engage just one class or the whole Sixth Form, we aim to plan sessions according to your needs and availability.  

Contact Carey Robinson at learning@ica.art to book or find out more.

Careers

  • Architecture

    Sahra Hersi has recently graduated from the Royal College of Art Architecture programme. Her focus is in shared spaces, the public realm, community engagement, meaningful contributions and collaboration.

    In addition to this she is also co-founder of Studio Somalia, a collective of British-Somali designers with a focus on cultural education and architectural heritage.

  • Fashion Portfolio Advice

    Scott Ramsay Kyle is graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. His specialism is focused on hand embroidery, collage, text and crystal components. Scott also works as a freelance design consultant with high-end luxury fashion houses, and as a collaborator on a variety of projects with work featured in Dazed, i-D, POP and LOVE Magazine, among others.

    He has held a variety of academic posts including Visiting Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, De Montfort University, The Royal College of Art, and a seven-year Senior Lecturer (Practice) role at Middlesex University, London.

  • Illustration & Graphic Design

    Freelance graphic designer and illustrator Sonia Yekinni has over five years experience working with creative institutions including Tate, South London Gallery, Museum of London and Coach House.

    Recently working with Future Frontiers coaching young people and offering professional advice in the fields of illustration and graphic design, her goals are to give practical tips and pathways that prepare young people for further education and future employment within the creative field, giving young people the best start to their future career goals.

  • Employability Skills & Confidence

    2-3 Degrees are training specialists who inspire and equip young people with the power to make positive decisions. With over ten years experience in youth development, Carl Konado and Azzeez Minott build the confidence of young people to take practical steps towards achieving their goals through talks and workshops.

    Their mission is for every student to leave education with the ability to overcome challenges while developing the knowledge and skills needed to access the best possible opportunities in life. This tailored session enables young people to identify and develop their personal strengths, and to recognise the value of the soft skills that employers look for in the creative industries.

Workshops

  • Screening & Debate

    Black In The Day host a screening of ICA archive film and facilitate a discussion exploring experiences of Black youth in Britain - what’s changed and what’s stayed the same? Films such as Step Forward Youth (dir. Menelik Shabazz, 1977), or Riots and Rumours of Riots (dir. Caesar Imruh, 1981) offer insights into a multicultural Britain that resonate with young people today, catalysing new conversations, developing debating skills and enhancing critical and analytical thinking.

  • Smartphone Filmmaking

    Turn your smartphone videos into engaging short films with Eye Want Change, an organisation that empowers people to create films exploring social issues shot on a smartphone or tablet.

    Ideal for those interested in exploring their ideas through moving image, this workshop shows you how to storyboard, frame and edit your creative ideas using just your smartphone and offers a variety of inspired homemade solutions that enable young people to create low- or no-cost films about societal issues that excite them.

  • Graphic Design and Illustration

    Graphic designer a illustrator Sonia Yekinni graduated with a BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation from Kingston University in 2010. She's passionate about colour, and letterform is central to her practice.

    Winner of Cog Design's Student Award 2009, Sonia has worked freelance for a range of clients including Tate, Trash Magazine (Finland), Blow Online and others, as well as receiving recognition from prestigious design publications Creative Review and Design Week. For Sonia, design is intelligence made visual.

  • Screen Printing

    Studio-K is a printmaking collective run by artists James Jessiman and Luke Overin. With ample experience working with young people across the London area, Studio-K enables schools to offer screen printing facilities and ways of making that are usually only available at higher education institutions.  

    Studio-K bring the artist's studio to you, working through professional printing techniques and approaches on their mobile silkscreen system. From t-shirt printing to paper-based prints, Studio-K always deliver a fun, engaging and educational workshop.