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Student Research in Art & Design: History & Theory

Current research degree projects on a range of topics are conducted across UAL colleges in art and design: history and theory.

Examples of completed research degree projects in art and design: history and theory can be found from the link below, with student names, colleges, thesis titles and supervisors. Digital versions of theses are available to view where possible.

  • Fernanda Albertoni - Collecting and recollecting: artists archivists in the Brazilian context.
  • Gill Addison - Something to hold onto: The re-materialisation of research in moving image practice.
  • Jennifer Allan - Fog Tropes: The social and cultural history of the foghorn
  • Georgina Amos - What does Perfectionism Mean in Contemporary Painting Practice?
  • Sonia-Doris Andras - The women of little Paris: fashion as a society’s reflection in Bucharest, 1919-1939.
  • Matilda Aspinall - Unpicked: historical refashioning skills as a foundation for sustainable clothing design.
  • Francesca Baglietto - Curating Across Interfaces: an Account of a (Hybrid) Expanding Exhibition
  • Eldina Begi - How to wear utopia: a dress manual for the socialist future
  • Renata Santos Beman - Presenting the blind consumer: an investigation of the meaning of fashion clothing involvement in the absence of vision.
  • Liza Betts - The intricacy of the ‘ordinary’ and the complexity of the ‘everyday’; their translation into screen costume.
  • Daniel Baker - Technologies of encounter: the travel narrative and the materiality of museum display.
  • Rebecca Binns - Political Autonomy, Humour and Satire in Vaucher’s Artwork for Crass, International Anthem and Mainstream Publications.
  • Sally Bolton - The Fashion Image in the Digital Age: Moving between the printed page and the digital screen.
  • Sara Buoso - What Does Light Frame? Investigating the Material and the Practices of Light in Contemporary Arts.
  • Sara Chong Kwan - Making sense of everyday dress: integrating multi-sensory experience within our understanding of contemporary dress in the UK .
  • Michael Connerty - Repositioning Jack B. Yeats as a Comic Strip Artist
  • Richard Crawford - Taxidermy and Art.
  • Julia Dudkiewicz - ‘The Making of Kelmscott Manor (1871-1939)’ addresses the two-fold subject of the Victorian history of Kelmscott and the emergence of the house’s collective memory up to WWII. This investigation falls into the fields of art and cultural history combined with memory studies.
  • Gavin Edmonds - Listening For Echoes: 'Afterwardsness' as a model for artistic practice.
  • Camilla Flodin - New Ways of Seeing Fashion: the Fashion GIF.
  • Miranda Garrett - Agnes and Rhoda Garrett: Professional Art Decorators. An examination of their work and an evaluation of their significance in the history of British interior design.
  • Lezley George - Deconstructing Fashion Identities: Dress Codes, Modesty and Fashion Practices in the UAE.
  • Maja Grakalic - Critical Design in Socialist Yugoslavia
  • Gustavo Grandal Montero - The 'Turn to language': Concrete poetry and conceptual art in the 1960s
  • Altea Grau Vidal - Unmasking conventions: re-evaluating the notion of the double page spread.
  • Carl Grinter - How does surprise transform anxiety to create meaning and value in the design, production and experiential consumption of social-immersive media?
  • Rebecca Hackemann - Not on The Plaza: critical strategies and psychoanalytic theory for permanent public art in New York.
  • Michelle Hanks - K2tog: The hand-knitted gift and its status and value in the twenty-first century
  • Mahtab Hanna - Silent Protest: the questionable existence, role and impact of political jewellery in Iran as a response to war.
  • Matthew Haycocks - Where are we now? Geo-located narratives of quotidian archives.
  • Jennifer Hayton - The archived costume object: the transference and translation of historical and contemporary costume design practices through the costumes in the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection Theatre Archives.
  • Inbo Kang - Design-led collaborative public service innovation: Investigating the role design/designers play in supporting effective collaboration in local government organisations
  • Siri Lindholm - The 'Lolita Excuse': Girl-Children, Representation and Sexualisation
  • Hanna Kontu - Catalyst for brand equity – recent innovations in social media.
  • Elizabeth Manchester - From the inside out: models of vision from the vagina
  • Aaron John Matthews - Derrida, and Writing the Events of May 1968
  • Andrew Megaw - Nineteenth century British photographically illustrated books, from the 1840s to the mid 1870s, considered as historical artefacts.
  • Caroline de Menezes - Curatorship and the mapping of post-Duchampian art in Brazil in the late 20th century.
  • Anna-Louise Meynell - Safeguarding Cultural Heritage: Recording the Living Tradition of Eri Silk Weaving in Meghalaya, North East India
  • Jennifer E. S. Millspaugh - Global Branding for Fashion Entrepreneurs: How SME Womenswear Design Firms Develop Their Brands to Compete Internationally.
  • Lindsey Moore - Edith Head – “Dress Doctor”. An exploration of her role as disseminator of fashion, from 1945 to 1981.
  • Elisa Oliver - Hanging about: the 1970s teenage moment and a new sensibility in contemporary British art.
  • Paola Pierri - Design as Making Futures: an act of social imagination
  • Caroline Rabourdin - Spatial translations between Paris and London: the effects of language as a spatial practice onto bilingualism.
  • Babette Radclyffe-Thomas - Vogue China and notions of nationality, identity and gender in 21st century China
  • Stavroula Rapti - Chelating agents for the removal of iron corrosion products from dry composite objects
  • Johannes Reponen - Contemporary fashion criticism: practices, voices and places
  • Mario Roman - Styling Blokes and Bros: Representations of Fashion, Masculinities and ‘the Nation’ in the 2012 Fashion Spreads of American and British GQ Magazines
  • Lucy Russell - What I see I own? The act of (re) drawing fashion and beauty advertisements: an intervention tool to assist body image media literacy?
  • Giorgio Salani - Towards a taxonomy of artisanal ceramic tableware: a practice-led enquiry into qualities and values in contemporary British and Japanese pottery
  • Vanessa Saraceno - Sustainability: A new sensitivity in contemporary art.
  • Julia Schaeper - From small change to big impact: How service design approaches can help to transform healthcare
  • Louise Scovell - Achieving Social Change Through Visual Communication
  • Joanna Simpson - Exploring collaborations of hidden communities involved in the changing nature of the fashion catwalk show
  • Catherine Smith - Identity, Fashion & Clothing Choices for Women with Mobility Impairments
  • Rhian Solomon - Designer Facilitator: The Body as a meeting place for advancing collaborations between design and reconstructive surgical fields to enhance methods in clinical practice.
  • Tommaso Speretta - Alternative AIDS Video: the representation of the AIDS crisis in independent art video and film in the 1980s and 1990s London–New York
  • Renate Stauss - Dress as therapy: Working with dress on the self in therapeutic settings.
  • June Rowe - Sculpting Beauty: A Cultural Analysis of Mannequin Design and Fashionable Feminine Silhouettes
  • Evgenia Tarasova - Social media and fashion consumption in Russia, 2002-2012.
  • Premila van Ommen - Being “Gurkha”, Becoming British: Fashion, Creativity and Diaspora Identity Formation Amongst Young Nepali Migrants
  • Vija Vilcins - Framing the garden through a nostalgic lens: representations of class and gender in English film during the period 1980 to 1990
  • Joshua Y’Barbo - What are the implications for Institutional Critique as a site-specific social intervention into art's principal pedagogical institution?
  • Anna Ruth Boonstra - Soft Activism in Britain (1974-1984): The Understanding of Handcraft as a Communicative and Feminist Practice