What Is ACES?

ACES is a nationally funded initiative based across the four art schools in Scotland. Our job is to encourage, educate and empower senior-phase pupils to consider careers and higher education in art, design and architecture.

Our broad programme of events and 1-1 support helps pupils to explore their options, create a competitive application and develop a strong portfolio of work.

ACES works with 29 target schools in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross (see the list below).  If you are not a pupil at one of these schools don't worry as you may still be eligible to take part depending on your home postcode.

For more information about the project, or to check your eligibility, please contact:

Helen Hardman, ACES Project Officer

  • Arbroath Academy
  • Arbroath High School
  • Auchmuty High School
  • Baldragon Academy
  • Beath High School
  • Blairgowrie High School
  • Braeview High School
  • Brechin High School
  • Craigie High School
  • Crieff High School
  • Dunfermline High School
  • Forfar Academy
  • Glenrothes High School
  • Glenwood High School
  • Harris Academy
  • Kirkcaldy High School
  • Levenmouth Academy
  • Lochgelly High School
  • Montrose Academy
  • Morgan Academy
  • Perth Academy
  • Perth Grammar School
  • St Andrew’s RC High School
  • At Columba’s RC High School
  • St John’s RC Academy
  • St John’s RC High School
  • St Paul’s Academy
  • Viewforth High School
  • Woodmill High School

To register for the project, please complete the online form. Once you have registered you will be invited to participate in ACES events and access our online resources.

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What do we do?

Our programme of activities includes on-campus practical tasters of Art & Design and Architecture disciplines, school-based workshops, online learning activities and one-to-one advice and information.

If you are in S4-S6, we work with you to:

  • Explore your options
  • Develop key skills for your portfolio, as printmaking and life drawing. We also run our portfolio prep club every Saturday, helping you to develop mini projects and we regularly go on gallery trips.
  • Create a competitive application, and offer our support every step of the way. We run workshops for personal statement writing, portfolio development, digital portfolios and interviews.

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We also run a portfolio prep club each Saturday to support you in completing mini projects and regularly go on gallery trips.

When it comes to UCAS and college, ACES will support you in writing your personal statement – and later we will support you in putting together your portfolios – both digital and traditional.


Pupils taking part in a printmaking workshop

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Helen Hardman, ACES Project Officer: 

E: aces@dundee.ac.uk

T:+44 (0)1382 384030

Address: University of Dundee, Office G4, Tower Building, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN