Discover Art & Design Masterclass 2



We will work with you to deliver this activity in a COVID compliant way

Our “Discover Art & Design” masterclass allows students to explore a range of different areas within Art and Design at Staffordshire University. Students will take part in a series of interactive workshops, providing hands on experience in our supportive and professional studio and workshop environment. 

Throughout the day students will also have the opportunity to discuss career opportunities for those choosing a creative profession.

There is a wide range of subject and skill based workshops we can offer – illustrative list is below.  When requesting a day or half day workshop, can you state up to 5 workshops you would like your students to take in order of preference – we will endeavour to meet your request, however sometimes due to teaching and workshop schedules we may need to replace one session with another. We will, of course, consult with you about the final Masterclass content. Also, if there is a topic, skill or activity in art and design not listed here, let us know and we will see if we can construct a session that meets your needs. We have a wide range of facilities at the University [materials workshops, equipment etc.] and we are happy to try to respond to what you would like.

Key facts

On campus
Off campus
Full day
Key Stage
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
Gatsby benchmarks
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
7. Encounters with further and higher education

Example programme

10:00 - 10.30

Introduction to Activity and Insight into Creative Careers

10.30 - 12.00

Choose 2 of the below breakout sessions

12.00 - 12.30

Lunch (Staff and students to bring their own lunch)

12.30 - 14.00

Choose 1 of the below breakout sessions

14.00 - 14.30

Feedback and Departure 

Breakout Sessions

Heat Press Printing

Working with the heat press, dyes and fabric to transfer images and colour onto fabrics. 

Cartoon & Comic Arts - Caricatures

Caricature drawing allows students to explore drawing and observational skills in a fun and interactive way. Students will be introduced to the key techniques in creating caricatures, developing their creative and imaginative skills. 

Cartoon & Comic Arts - Topical Cartoons

This workshop will support students in drawing topical cartoons. The participants engage with current Cartoon & Comic Arts students in producing topical cartoon and narrative ideas. 

Avant Garde to High Street

Give your students an overview of what the fashion industry is about, showing it's not just all about design, there are lots of other creative roles as well as business! Using provided images of architecture for inspiration, your students will use methods to design highly creative garments on paper. They will then tame these designs down to produce more commercial designs, giving them an insight into both ends of the market. 

Textile Design

Students will have the opportunity to explore some hand embroidery techniques.

Repeat Pattern Digital Design 

This workshop will give students the opportunity to learn how to create repeat pattern designs using computer software.

Screen Printing Workshop

Learn how to mix pigment colours and screen print onto fabrics. 


This workshop offers a brief introduction to studying photography at University, followed by a hands-on fashion/portrait session in our state of the art studios with current students. 

Fine Art - Green Screen 

This workshop will allow students to generate new digital images that put you at the centre of art history. Using green screen technology we will allow you to time travel within some of the worlds more famous art works. The workshop not only introduces students to new ways of working with digital images in a Fine Art context but also incorporates Art History and how we use art in contemporary society. 

Graphics & Illustration - Typography & Letterform 

By cutting letters/characters out of the printed sheets provided and positioning and gluing them down, create images with letterforms. Look at the shapes within the letterforms and how the might link with something visually and create images of anything you want. 

Workshop sessions can also be delivered as standalone half day events. 

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021