This summer, we worked with our international partners Zürich University of the Arts to run our first online Summer School as part of the Shared Campus project. This is an international initiative co-developed by UAL in which art and design schools collaborate across global themes.
Exploring the theme ‘Pop Cultures’, students and staff from UAL and 4 other partner institutions came together over 2.5 weeks in June and July with the task of ‘Hacking Global Pop Icons’. The course was organised and led by Caitlin Shepherd, Lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at London College of Communication UAL (academic lead) together with Claudio Bucher and Tom Gerber from Zürich University of the Arts.
Twenty three participating students came from: UAL; Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU); City University, Hong Kong; Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore and Zürich University of the Arts. The core teaching team were Caitlin and staff from Zürich University of the Arts; with input and online lectures from partner institution staff including David Cross, Reader at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL and external mentors from HKBU.
Working virtually and in groups, the project culminated in the making of a final artwork and a live online exhibition on July 3.