What Is ACES?

ACES stands for ‘Access to Creative Education in Scotland’. We are 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.

What do we do?

Studying art and design at university is very different to school - there are so many options! The application process is competitive and can be daunting.

ACES events will help you make the right decisions about which courses to apply for, find out what selectors are looking for and anything else that you might need to prepare. Our advice is impartial and unbiased and we are here for you every step of the way.

You do not need to apply to the University of Dundee to be part of ACES. ACES is funded by the Scottish Government to help you get to wherever is right for you.

Activities include


Explore Days

  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior & Environmental Design
  • Jewellery & Metal Design
  • Product and Digital Interaction Design
  • Textile Design


  • Life drawing classes
  • Saturday morning portfolio preparation classes
  • Gallery visits and exhibitions
  • Printmaking workshops
  • Specialist creative workshops


  • Application workshops
  • Personal statement masterclasses
  • Digital portfolio masterclasses
  • Interview workshops
  • 1-1 support whenever you need it - by phone or email

Can I take part in ACES?

See if you're eligible to participate and register for ACES

Register for ACES

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ACES Portfolio Prep Club

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


Widening Access Award

Higher Education Award 2021