NSEAD is unique. Established in 1888, NSEAD is the only trade union, learned society and professional body for art, craft & design educators across the UK. We protect and promote our subject and the professional interests of all those who engage with it.
We represent you - your subject, your learners
Influencing all areas of art, craft and design education – we do this by finding and promoting outstanding classroom and studio practice, creating learning materials, generating knowledge and debate. We lobby and lead campaigns for change.
As the leading voice in national debate, ensuring that our voice is sought, heard and acted upon – we do this by taking our place on key regional and national bodies, and by working with the widest possible range of opinion formers, policy makers and stakeholders.
Providing clear leadership and develop policy and advance research – we do this through our work with academics and activists, finding and presenting robust evidence that makes the case for our subject.
Working with a diverse range of partners, organisations and individuals with an interest in art, craft and design education to achieve common goals – we do this by connecting and organising communities and networks across the UK and the world.
Safeguarding your interests, supporting you in the workplace with strong representation, professional advice and quality resources – we do this as a trade union, a professional body and learned society with unique collective expertise in art, craft & design education
As the national voice for the UK, we work within a global community. We are active on international platforms through our iJADE publication and conference, and through affiliation to the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA).
The people that make NSEAD:
The members. NSEAD is a community of art, craft and design teachers, trainee teachers, lecturers, artist teachers, parents, consultants, museum and gallery educators, inspectors, institutions and organisations. NSEAD members come from all phases and sectors and from around the world.
Officers and staff. A dedicated team manage the work of the Society, travelling around the UK to meet members and represent their interests.
Council and Forum. Nominated by members, the business and vision of the Society are guided by our dedicated governance team.
The iJADE Editorial Board. Leaders in academic research, nurturing new researchers and bringing you the best in international research in our subject.
Visit our Community & Activism section to find out more about the people who make NSEAD, and how you can get involved.