ACES is a national project involving the four major art schools in Scotland. It is co-ordinated in Tayside by the University of Dundee.

ACES can provide you with an insight into studying Art & Design or Architecture at University and also into the careers that these degrees can lead into.

We work with students for school students in S4-S6, offering support with the application process including advice and activities for building your portfolio.

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.

Events & Activities

Events and activities offered by the ACES project include:

  • Practical workshops demonstrating processes and techniques
  • Portfolio Guidance workshops
  • Projects for developing your portfolio
  • Careers events and work experience
  • Exhibitions and drawing classes
  • Individual advice and guidance
  • UCAS Application and Personal Statement workshops
  • Information days for teachers and careers advisers

ACES Support

Applying for creative courses can be a daunting process. ACES will be here to support you at every stage.

We will help you explore your options – so you know which course is right for you – and help you develop key skills for your portfolio through activities such as printmaking and life drawing. 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.

Get Involved

In order to take part in ACES events, activities and support you need to register. Please click the ‘Register with ACES’ tab below.

ACES works with 27 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
aces@dundee.ac.uk

  • 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

ACES works with 27 target schools in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross (list on the right). 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
aces@dundee.ac.uk

Register Now

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.

Register Now!

Available any time

1-1  personal statement surgeries

Email aces@dundee.ac.uk to book

1-1 portfolio surgeries

Email aces@dundee.ac.uk to book

Student shadowing

Email aces@dundee.ac.uk to book

June 2017

ACES Explore Jewellery, Metalwork & Textiles 

Wednesday 7 June

Join us on campus to spend a day in the life of a student. You’ll have a tour of all the facilities, find out about applying and create your own jewellery and textiles pieces.

ACES Explore Interior & Environmental Design

Monday 19 June

Join us on campus to spend a day in the life of a student in Interior & Environmental Design. You’ll tour the studios to find out more about this unique specialism before completing your very own 3D interiors brief.

What the pupils say

Natalie, St John's High School

Architecture

“I heard about ACES briefly from a girl at my school then again when I went to the open days and careers exhibitions which were always being held at my school. Through ACES I did the Mail Art project (which was an amazing experience) and the Architecture workshop at Dundee University (best day ever!).

Words cannot explain how ACES helped me! Firstly, by getting involved in ACES, I’ve managed to get offers from all the universities I applied for. Plus Julie (ACES Officer) managed to help me a lot with my personal statement which really boosted my confidence. I now have experience in model-making all because I got involved in ACES.”

Robert, St Paul’s High School

Architecture and Art & Design

“I first found out about ACES through Julie (ACES Officer) when she visited my school in fourth year to explain the various opportunities ACES provided. I participated in a number of the activities. My first was a tour around the degree show where I was able to see the various work from a huge list of subjects that Duncan of Jordanstone provided. My most enjoyable activity was the "Architecture studio day". The day consisted of meeting students and following a brief and basic project, showing how an architecture student works. It was great to participate in this and speak to the students who were very enthusiastic and it was also a great insight into the examples and standard of university work. ACES was a very useful way of preparing myself for applying and gaining an understanding for building a folio and the preparation I needed for interviews. I also added these experiences to my personal statement and it was something that greatly helped me when I spoke in my interview.”

Lauren, Arbroath High School

Architecture and Art & Design

“I heard about the ACES project through my school. I had been informed about the project by my guidance teacher and also Julie (ACES Officer) came in to the school and gave a presentation on the benefits of the project and how it could help students looking to start a career in Architecture or Art and Design.

I took part in an Architecture workshop to design a pavilion for the V&A museum which is to be built in Dundee. The project gave me an insight into some of the work which is carried out in your early years at university. On the day, there were a couple of 5th year students there to help and were able to answer any question I had about the course. I was also given a tour of the university which gave me the opportunity to see projects which current students had been working on. Julie also helped me prepare for my interview by coming into the school and having a look at my portfolio to make sure that I had the right sort of pieces in my folio. I also accompanied a friend to Dundee University to have a look at portfolios to get an idea of what universities are looking for.

I am about to accept my place at Robert Gordon University to study Architectural Technologies.”