Art and design

Three options are available to groups of art students:

  • self-directed visits during normal opening hours [booking essential]: students are welcome to use sketchbooks in galleries and to take photographs without flash.
  • sketchbook introductions: self-directed visit with spoken introduction and example sketchbook.
  • taught workshops: either bespoke or chosen from the sessions available below.

Digital cameras and printers can be made available for use in the galleries by arrangement, and there is a large table in the basement gallery which can be used for cutting, pasting, and as a work base for other resources.

Please email with questions or find out more and make a booking online.

Arts Award

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An Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification designed to support young people aged 5–25 in developing their arts and leadership talents. There are five levels: Discover (introductory level), Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The Oxford University Museums are collectively an Arts Award centre, and are also Arts Award supporters. For more information about the Arts Award, please see


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The History of Science Museum is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high-quality arts and culture. Find out more about Artsmark at