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Learning and participation

Design Challenge

Aimed at the next generation of aspiring set and costume designers, makers and marketing specialists, the Royal Opera House’s annual Design Challenge competition gives students the opportunity to test and develop their marketing, production and design skills, based around an opera or ballet production.

The competition is open to all UK FE colleges and sixth form schools or colleges.

Find out more about this year's competition.

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Try our fun and informative events and activities for children and adults.

Schools and Colleges

Programmes for students of different ages and levels of experience.


Develop your own skills with our courses and programmes, designed to help you deliver the Arts in the classroom in creative, innovative ways.

Learning in Thurrock

Royal Opera House Learning in Thurrock works with schools, colleges and communities through a programme of locally based projects.

Royal Opera House Bridge

Royal Opera House is one of ten national ‘Bridges’ that work across England to connect children and young people with great art and culture.

ROH Collections

Explore the worldclass archive of the Royal Opera House documents the history of the three theatres that have stood on the Covent Garden site since 1732.


Discover more about our productions from the world-class artists and creators working on stage and behind the scenes at The Royal Opera House.

Contact us

For enquiries about any of the ROH Learning and Participation projects, telephone +44 (0)20 7212 9410 or email

News and features

  1. 1 August 2016

    What's it like to take a ballet class when you're blind?

    The Royal Opera House's weekly class for blind and partially sighted people debunks the myth that ballet is a solely visual art form.

  2. 27 June 2016

    Children deserve the best of art and culture, but how do we make that happen?

    Creative opportunities are vital for young people, but there are competing viewpoints on how we ensure the arts are kept high on the agenda. 

  3. 9 May 2016

    ROH apprenticeships: applications now open for September 2016

    Opportunities available in lighting, wigs and make-up, costume, technical theatre, scenic art, and scenic carpentry.