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Jocelyn Herbert’s set design for Serjeant Musgrave's Dance by John Arden.

Staging the Real

28 November 2018

Symposium at the National Theatre considering the construction and representation of the real in theatre and performance.

People watching a performance at Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Museum engagement as speculative design

15 March 2019

How concepts of audience engagement might be imagined in and around museums and other spaces of collection and display.

Dr Jo Melvin installing Barry Flanagan exhibition.

Chelsea's research interests

  • Curation
  • Interior and spatial design
  • Moving image
  • Museology
  • Photography
  • The oral history of art and design
  • Textiles
  • Transnational art

Chelsea shares common research interests with Camberwell and Wimbledon in critical fine art practice, drawing, art history and theory.

Print by Art and Language.

Our graduate school

The Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon graduate school incorporates research across the 3 colleges. It enables staff and PhD/MPhil students to develop their research careers.

The graduate school gives staff and PhD/MPhil students based at Chelsea access to a wider research network and community.

Through our research degrees and taught postgraduate courses, each college maintains its’ unique research identity.

Find out more about the benefits of studying a research degree at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon graduate school.

Rock Against Racism photo by Syd Shelton

Our research centres

The graduate school includes 3 UAL research centres:

  • Centre for Circular Design (CCD) - design research for the circular economy through materials, models and mindsets
  • Ligatus - leading research within libraries and archives with particular interests in historical bookbinding
  • Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) - a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design