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Hands-on design Workshops - secondary and colleges

Using refreshed handling collections of contemporary design objects, students can interact with key designs through experiential learning. Hour -long workshops support students to gain new perspectives on the role of designers and the impact of design in everyday life. For secondary schools and colleges (Key stages 3,4 and 5).

What to expect

Creative briefs introduce the concept of user-centred design and encourage young people to develop design ideas that meet real needs. Workshops support the National Curriculum for Design and Technology and incorporate STEM subjects for Key Stage 3, as well as relevant KS4 and post-16 qualifications.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Observation

  • Product handling and evaluation

  • Drawing

  • Discussion

  • Responding to a design brief

Workshops available

Stranger By Design

Come and find out about the world of unconventional design that often hides the true meaning of the object function.

Suitable for KS3-4

Chairs and seating

Look at why the chair is the ultimate design challenge and why the user has the last say on whether a chair becomes a classic or a relic.

Suitable for KS3-5


Find out how lighting can give messages, set the mood, make or break your day at school and help you to customise the space you inhabit.

Suitable for KS3-5

Designer Maker User

The companion workshop to the Design Museum’s permanent gallery. Explore design history and key designers in this workshop.

Suitable for KS3

Materials: Smart and Sustainable

A look at materials and the social obligation of a designer to seek new and ever environmentally friendly materials.

Suitable for KS3-5

Booking information

Hands-on design workshops run Monday – Thursday during term time only

10:30, 11:45 and 13:30 (1 hour)

Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of you session.

Cost: £75 per session (up to 30 students)

Accompanying staff free at all school events. Advance booking essential. Booking school workshops at least 12 weeks in advance is recommended.

Hands-on design workshops include access to the common room lunch area and an allotted timeslot entry for the Designer Maker User permanent collection.

Please see below for your itinerary. This is based on the workshop session time you have booked which can be found at the bottom of this e-ticket confirmation.

10:30 session

10.30-11.30 workshop + 11.30-12.00 lunch room + 12.00-13.00 Designer Maker User gallery


11.45 session

10.45-11.45 Designer Maker User gallery + 11.45-12.45 workshop + 12.45-13.15pm lunch room


13.30 session

12.00-12.30 lunch room + 12.30-13.30 Designer Maker User gallery + 13.30-14.30 workshop

For exhibition teacher notes, articles and design stories please visit Discover Design.

Download the Health and Safety document to help write your risk assessment.

Important Information

Teacher student ratio

Please have one teacher is present for every ten students. Please note that failure to comply with this request may result in admission being refused.

Opening times

The Design Museum is open daily (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10:00 -18:00 – last entry 17:00.


The museum is fully accessible via wheelchair with lifts operating across all floors inside the premises. Unfortunately there is no parking provision on site for Blue Badge holders. However, please do consult the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website for local parking bays.

Preliminary planning visit

It is strongly recommended that teachers come for a preliminary visit to familiarise themselves with the museum and surrounding area. Please familiarise yourself with the risk identification information.

On the day of your visit

Getting here

The Design Museum has good public transport links via the underground, rail and bus. Due to limited space available in the local area for coaches, we recommend using public transport for your visit. Schools in the Greater London Area can apply for free transport when making visits to museums.

Arriving at the museum

Please enter the museum by the main entrance on Kensington High Street. The lead teacher should contact the admissions desk on arrival – please leave students with additional teachers in the Atrium.

Lunch and breaks

There is a common room onsite for students to have lunch. Please ensure the room is clean and all food waste in the bin before leaving.

Supervision and contact

Teachers and accompanying adults are required to supervise students at all times while at the Design Museum. Please read the terms and conditions for guidance.


Please ask your students to keep their bags and coats with them at all times. Items are left entirely at the risk of the visitor. Bags left unattended will be treated as a security risk. Bags may be subject to searches from the Design Museum staff.

Get in touch

Please contact the Design Museum on +44 20 3862 5900 or the Bookings Office on +44 20 3862 5937 Monday to Friday (10:00 to 18:00). For enquiries outside of these hours, please submit an online enquiry.