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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the Saturday Club. It is incredibly well organised and thorough. The three main strands – the London Visit, Masterclasses and Summer Show – are its real brilliance. I have got to know other staff at the college and the student assistants are a super idea.Tutor, Cleveland College of Art and Design
Universities, colleges, museums, and galleries can all run Saturday Clubs. Currently there are four subject areas, but other suggestions are always welcome. The National Saturday Club joins up all the institutions involved and provides resources and regular communications across its network.
Where Saturday Clubs in different disciplines come together in one institution, there are opportunities for cross-disciplinary and cross-faculty projects. For its Masterclasses, the National Saturday Club connects Clubs with leading industry practitioners and other partners in specific fields.
Past and current partners credit Saturday Clubs with helping them forge better relationships with their local communities, and with being an effective means of meeting widening participation objectives. As Club Members are not tested or examined, there is an opportunity for tutors to be more experimental and free-thinking in their approach to teaching. Students who assist tutors in running Club programmes also gain valuable experience as ambassadors of their institution and specialist subjects, and of the teaching environment.
Some Art&Design, Fashion&Business and Writing&Talking Clubs offer Club Members the chance to gain a Bronze or Silver Arts Award. The National Saturday Club organises tailored Arts Award training free of charge several times a year, or covers the cost of tutor training if tutors are unable to attend these sessions. Certain Science&Engineering Clubs deliver CREST Awards, the British Science Association’s accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.
Launched by Cass Art, the Viridian Card gives artist educators across the UK exclusive discounts and benefits, including product-testing to a social forum.
The National Saturday Club Yearbook 2018–2019 can be viewed here.
To find out more about starting a Saturday Club, contact us here or at the address below.
Research and Evaluation
The National Saturday Club is independently evaluated every year. This provides both an overview of how the programme is run and developed, and the impact that it has on participants, including Club Members, tutors and student assistants.