1964-68: Hornsey School of Art
- 1997-2002: retired as Dean of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design
- 1985: taught at York University, Toronto, Canada
- 1973: taught at University of Washington, Seattle, USA
After graduating from Hornsey School of Art in 1968 Yates mounted four one-person exhibitions (three in Britain and one in the USA), participating also in group shows in Britain & France. His public commissions were large, site-specific abstract paintings, created for architectural contexts, in situ at Brunel and Manchester Universities.
Yates is represented in public and private collections in the UK, Europe, and the USA.
In 2002 Andrew Yates gave up his academic post, which this freed him to re-engage with studio practice. Moving from London to St Leonards-on-sea, on the East Sussex coast he painted in oils and acylics on canvas and wood supports, but also used photography and computer graphics, which became an increasingly important studio tool. Computer drawing software, used employed for image-origination and idea-visualisation processes, was an essential tool for the post-processing and manipulation of digital photographic images.