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Links are in alphabetical order . Please note that some of these sites are non-academic and may contain banner advertising.

A full list of acronyms which occur in the H.E. and Art, Design and Media and Communications Sector.

Art in context
Contains useful information on websites of museums, galleries and artists and images.

Lists other useful sites on art and architecture. Hosted at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

AOI - Association of Illustrators
The AOI was established in1973 to advance and protect illustrator’s rights and is a non-profit making trade association dedicated to its members’ professional interests and the promotion of illustration.


The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.

Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in Design

The Centre offered opportunities for staff from across the partnership to build upon their experience, collective knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student learning, and develop staff research and scholarship. The CETLD aimed to develop, document and disseminate excellence and innovation in teaching and learning that transcends disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

Centre for Learning & Teaching Art & Design
The Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design was established in 1999 as a partnership arrangement between the London Institute, the Royal College of Art and Wimbledon Schoool of Art. It offers educational support and development through; a range of ILT accredited courses; national workshops and conferences and pedagogical research.

Crafts Study Centre at University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham

The Centre is located next to the entrance of the University College for the Creative Arts in Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey (formerly the Surrey Institute) and houses over 5000 objects: Ceramics, textiles, lettering and calligraphy, furniture and practitioner archives. The ground floor Tanner gallery displays a selection from the permanent collection. The upper gallery hosts a series of contemporary exhibitions of leading craft practitioners. A research room enables detailed study of the collections and access to the archives for students, academics and the general public on an appointment basis by calling T: 01252 891452.

Admission to the Centre is free (although donations are invited). It is open from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. To learn more about exhibitions, events and gallery talks please visit the website or phone T: 01252 891450.

Briefly, D&AD exists to inform, educate and inspire those who work in and around the creative industries.

The Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP)
The museum was established as the Design Collection in 1988 and awarded registered museum status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in 2001. It changed its name to the Museum of Design in Plastics on 1 September 2007 to reflect the decision to focus on plastics and became the UK's only fully accredited plastics museum in September 2008.

ELIA - European League for Institutes of the Arts

ELIA was founded in 1990 and is an independent network of Arts Education Institutes covering all the disciplines of the Arts: Dance, Design, Theatre, Fine Art, Music, Media Arts and Architecture.

FTC - Association of Fashion and Textile
"The Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC) exists to:

  • Stimulate academic debate across the constituent elements of Fashion and Textiles and their related areas in order to maintain an informed and current overview
  • Be concerned with all aspects of Learning and Teaching, Scholarly Activity and Research in Fashion and Textiles
  • Liaise with public and professional bodies and advise on quality in educational matters
  • Take a proactive role in lobbying in the interests of the sector
  • Identify and share good practice

Membership of the Association is open to all Institutions involved in the delivery of Fashion and Textiles in Higher Education."

GLAD - Group for Learning in Art & Design
GLAD started as a Teaching and Learning Steering Group of CNAA in the Autumn 1989. It played a part in establishing the agenda for Learning and Teaching strategy development in a rapidly changing HE environment since the first GLAD conference in Liverpool in 1990. In the subsequent years a series of regional conferences led to the publication and wide distribution of a summary report. The aims of GLAD are: In the continually changing context of further and higher education, the mission of GLAD is to encourage and support the enhancement of learning in Art and Design.

JISC Digital Media
This is a free JISC funded service. It provides advice and guidance to the Further and Higher Education community on the issues of: creating digital images (including raster, vector and animated formats), delivering digital images to users, using digital images to support teaching, learning and research,
managing both small and large scale digitisation projects

NACHE - National Association of Ceramics in Higher Education
NACHE is made up of the course leaders of higher level ceramics courses in the UK and Northern Ireland. NACHE seeks to identify and disseminate good practice throughout its membership, and to be emblematic of quality in the management and teaching of the subject.

 - National Association of Jewellery and Silversmith Design Education
Chair: Joyce Palmer, Sir John Cass Department of Art, London Guildhall University, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF   
T: 020 7320 1900  


NAFAE- National Association for Fine Art Education
NAFAE is the Subject Association for Fine Art education in the UK. They advocate the interests, promotion and cultural relevance of Fine Art education at Foundation, BA, MA and PhD levels. The Association aims to be instrumental in anticipating and shaping decisions that impact on the enhancement and future development of Fine Art by engaging with a range of constituencies.
Chair: Mark Dunhill, Central Saint Martins
T: 02476 888517

NSEAD - National Society for Education in Art & Design
The National Society for Education in Art & Design's web site is intended to assist the teaching of art, craft or design in primary or secondary schools, or in further or higher education. Gallery educators, artists in residence, parents and all those with an interest in arts education will find much that is useful. Information is provided for: teaching and learning resources, events, in-service education, publications, research, careers in art and design, and very much more.


A Visual Arts References and Resources site.The Notebook develops a context for understanding visual experience through broad areas of art and design, and there are directories to useful resources on the web.

Research Ethics in Art, Design and Media

The aim of this project was to investigate approaches to ethics in art, design and media research and to develop an online resource containing case studies and guidance, which can be used as part of research training. This project was part of the Research Training Initiative and has received funding support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Collaborative Research Training Scheme.


South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts - Digital Collection
VADS brought together nearly 3,000 images in the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (SALIDAA). The archive was created to highlight the richness and diversity of contemporary South Asian literature and arts in Britain. Sources include literature, visual arts, theatre, dance and music, including English language, dating from c.1947 to the present day. Visual arts sources include an eclectic collection of artwork, photographs, flyes, exhibition programmes and record covers. The collection may be accessed at:

The Textile Society

The Textile Society is a registered charity which aims to unite scholars, designers, teachers, practitioners, artists, collectors and others who share an interest in the study of textile art, design and history: