Digital art and design for secondary schools

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Course Description

An introduction to teaching Art and Design using Processing and other digital tools for secondary school teachers (and Year 6 primary teachers).

This FREE course is for Art and Design teachers and Computing teachers. We are particularly keen to see teachers from both departments so that they can support each other in introducing digital art and design in their schools.

We will look at projects for introducing digital art and design as well as the underlying skills needed and pedagogy for teaching this area.

No prior experience is needed of programming; this is an introductory course. The software that will be used for the course is Processing a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Processing is free for schools to use, downloadable from We will also look at other free tools for rough prototyping.

As part of the course, we will introduce techniques for teaching programming such as code reading, use modify create and PRIMM as well as the basic building blocks for art-based programs such as loops.

We would like teachers to implement the learning that they gain from the course in school. As part of this, we will support teachers to undertake a case study. The case study could be introducing digital art and design as part of an afterschool club, as a lesson or as a sequence of lessons.



Finding us, timings and food

Public transport: Bromley by Bow Tube, DLR Langdon Park or 309 bus from Bethnal Green Chest Hospital stopping fairly near the school

Driving: Sorry, there is no parking at the school.

Timings: 9:30 Arrival, 9:45 Start

Food: We will provide teas and coffees and healthy (or not so healthy) biscuits.

Sorry, we have no funding for lunch. However, there is a cafe in a community centre opposite the school where you can purchase your own lunch. The cafe does a range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salads and drinks etc. and it’s not expensive. Or bring your own lunch.

Who is running and supporting the course?

This course is being run by Queen Mary University of London as part of the TechPathways programme and is supported by the National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) and the IoC.


The National Society for Education in Art and Design is the leading voice for art, craft and design education across all phases throughout the UK. They are a membership organisation, a professional subject association, a trade union and learned society, supporting teachers of Art, Craft and Design in all phases, including early years, primary, secondary, FE and HE, in both maintained and independent sectors. They have a long history of championing and supporting teachers in the introduction and teaching of digital media. As part of the TechPathways Programme, we consulted with NSEAD on what Art and Design teachers needed to support their use of digital tools in the classroom. This course is one of several activities which we are planning to help meet these needs. Please join NSEAD Members will be able to access a review tool on digital art and design and guidance on teaching with digital tools.

About the IoC

The Institute of Coding (IoC) is a partnership of over 18 universities in England all working hard to address the digital skills gap. This course/event is part of that work, and we want to know about the people attending so that we can find out whether what we are trying to achieve is having an impact. 

Your personal data will be collected and stored by Queen Mary University of London in accordance with their data policy.  As Queen Mary University of London are a member of the IoC, an element of your data will then be shared with the IoC. All personal and identifying details will be removed before this data is shared so that all we get are statistics to show how we’re doing against our targets.

The data we collect from you as part of this project will be passed to the Office for Students to allow them to conduct further research and evaluation of the activities funded as part of the IoC project, including combining with data from similar work at other Universities and Colleges. These data may be linked to other data that they hold about you including prior, current or future educational records and records on earnings and employment. 

Course Information

Date : 1st November 2019
Time: 9:30 – 16:30
Venue: Manorfield Primary School (in their art and design studio), Wyvis Street, London, E14 6QD

Audience: Art and Design teachers and Computing teachers.

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Jane Waite