McMillan Centre for the Arts in Education 

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The McMillan Centre for the Arts in Education provides opportunities for initial teacher training as well as continuing professional development for both artists and educators.

It focuses on and develops a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities for those working in Early Years settings, Primary, and Secondary Education, including NQTs and RQTs.

It aims to broker Arts-based projects and staff Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to promote and develop both arts education as well as the skills required to participate in and use creative skills and approaches. The Centre draws on a long history of arts education, and teacher training at Bradford College.

What we do

Arts subject specialisms include art, design, music, performance, textiles, product design, graphic design and illustration. Areas in the Creative Industries are also supported, including games design, technical theatre (lighting and sound), costume and prop design, media make up, and special effects. This complements expertise in the Education faculty: pedagogy, child development and how people learn, curriculum design and management, assessment and planning, use of resources as well as impact on learner outcomes.

Links to businesses and employers

The Centre has strong links with Early Years settings, Primary and Secondary schools in the wider Bradford region, as well as associations with employers such as the BBC, Hallmark, Prime Studios, The RSC, and Bradford Theatres.

In addition, a programme of CPD for teachers has already been developed in conjunction with IVE and the Local Cultural Education Partnership in Bradford.

The College recently become the first FE College to attain Associate School status with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and will be working with a cluster of schools to promote the use of active techniques in the classroom. RSC logo

The RSC Associate Schools Programme links the College with fifteen schools from across Bradford in order to embed an active and practical approach to the teaching of Shakespeare. Using techniques taken directly from the rehearsal room, teachers are able to engage and enthuse their pupils about Shakespeare's plays, allowing them to gain in confidence and to really own the text. 

The College is also working with the charity Children and the Arts to provide students from all areas of the College with opportunities to engage in the arts.Children and the Arts logo 

We have linked up with The Alhambra Theatre for this project and students from the ESOL and Travel and Tourism courses have already had workshops on pantomime, puppetry and creative writing, linked to professional productions such as Warhorse and Jekyll and Hyde. They also enjoyed a performance of Bradford's famous pantomime, Cinderella, featuring Billy Pierce and Colleen Nolan. The students will complete their Bronze Arts Award through their engagement with this project. 

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In collaboration with IVE (an Arts Council funded organisation connecting culture and education) we will be piloting the further use of Arts Award qualifications to enhance the learning for our students on Childcare and Early Years courses both at Further and Higher Education level. The College is now a registered Arts Award centre and we look forward to offering more students the opportunity to be creative in their learning. 

All of these fantastic projects are also contributing to ongoing research into the impact of creative input into teaching and learning. 


Free arts CPD events for teachers

The McMillan Centre is currently offering FREE Arts-based CPD events aimed at Primary and Early Years teachers and Learning and Teaching Assistants. So far these have covered music, printmaking in the classroom, and drama-based activities. Future sessions will cover textiles and photography. Places are still available on the next session on 25 May on Printmaking (read the event flier for details). Call 01274 438998 or email [email protected]

Saturday Art Club

The Saturday Art Club offers free art and design classes to young people between the ages of 13 and 16. Saturday Art Club logo

Part of the National Saturday Art and Design Trust, the scheme brings young people together from different schools and lets them explore a wide range of art and design skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and practising artists. The classes take place on Saturday mornings in the fantastic studios and workshops of The Bradford School of Art. At the end of the year there is a national exhibition held at Somerset House where members can display their work.

The Art Club runs 10.30 to 12.30 during term time. To join, email [email protected]

Saturday Music Club

Also on Saturday mornings is the Saturday Music Club. These free sessions aimed at 13 to 16 year olds with an interest in music give young people a chance to meet like-minded friends and develop their musical skills by learning to compose, play and record their own music in fully equipped rehearsal rooms and studios.

The Music Club runs 10am to 12pm during term time. To join, email [email protected]

Saturday Theatre Club

The Summer term will see the return of The Saturday Theatre Club, offering free classes in acting, dance and performance skills. 

The Theatre Club runs 10.30 to 12.30 during term time. To join, email [email protected]

Saturday club ceramics classLaunch event for the RSC