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Groups and networks

There are numerous research hubs and groups across the University and 6 Colleges. They provide support and creative collaboration to UAL researchers and the wider research community.

Display of a sculpture of a face and drawings
Display of a sculpture of a face and drawings

About Face

Bringing together artists, theorists, curators and writers to explore contemporary portraiture.

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Safety last

Art and philosophy research group

Fostering collaborations among doctoral students through conferences, symposia and talks on the subject of philosophy, politics and the arts.

Iris
Iris

Art/Design and Science Research Group

Research practice to explore the creative interface of art/design and science and the processes and systems of knowledge that underpin them.

Student in the studio
Student in the studio

Better Living Research Hub

Facilitating a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its potential improvement in the fashion and creative industries.

Centre for Drawing
Centre for Drawing

Centre For Drawing: A Network

Developing a better understanding of drawing as a cross disciplinary subject.

Student working in the Studio
Student working in the Studio

Centre for Fashion Business and Innovation Research

Delivering insight into the fashion industry’s economic, social and cultural trajectory.

Conscientious Communicators Research Hub
Conscientious Communicators Research Hub

Conscientious Communicators Research Hub

Discussion and exploration around environmental and social creativity with informed and inspirational educators, students and practitioners.

Creative Industries Management Research Hub
Creative Industries Management Research Hub

Creative Industries Management Research Hub

Researching creativity, management and organisational behaviour in the creative industries.

Critical Practice

A cluster of individual artists, researchers and academics support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organisation.

Cultural & Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration
Cultural & Historical Studies Hub Sina Sparrow Illustration

Cultural and Historical Studies Hub

A space for the discussion of current research into fashion and popular culture within the broader subject area of Cultural Studies.

Design Activism
Design Activism

Design Activism Research Hub (DARH)

Enquiring into the visual and material practices and artefacts of social movements and other formations of resistance and agitation.

Visitor at a summer show, looking at a stage costume design
Visitor at a summer show, looking at a stage costume design

Design for performance hub

A space for presentation, reflection and dissemination of research around costume, scenography and performance.

Student at a grad show
Student at a grad show

DESIS

Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability: a network of design labs promoting and supporting sustainable change.

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Duration and Events

Questioning the materiality of time and duration across a range of fine art practices, theoretical, philosophical and discursive concerns.

Girl examining an exhibit at a summer show
Girl examining an exhibit at a summer show

Exhibitions: Histories, Practices

Examining the validity and effects of exhibitions and curating practices inside and outside the museum and the gallery space.

Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996
Alexander McQueen, Dante collection, A/W 1996

Fashion: History, Theory, Curation and Film

Exploring fashion through gender, everyday life, gothic studies, literature, performance, queer theory, representation, sexuality and social class.

Girl interacting with a textiles installation that hangs for the ceiling
Girl interacting with a textiles installation that hangs for the ceiling

Global Disability Innovation Hub

Making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.

Logo of Graphic Subcultures research group
Logo of Graphic Subcultures research group

Graphic Subcultures

Investigating graphic communication used by subcultural groups to promote their stylistic, philosophical and ideological positions.

Wooden maquettes of houses
Wooden maquettes of houses

Identity, In, and Through, the Built Environment

Exploring the environment as a living network of communications and interactions between people, buildings, spaces, objects and stories.

Image of a video art installation by Hannah Rickards
Image of a video art installation by Hannah Rickards

Moving Image: Practice, Criticism, Discourse

A focal point for the diverse activity in film and video currently pursued by the artists, curators and writers teaching across the Art Programme.

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Paint Club

Explore and debating what it means to research painting within the context of contemporary art practice.

Students participating in a work shop
Students participating in a work shop

Performance Research Network

Rethinking performance as a culturally conditioned mode of staging the construction of the real.

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Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary

Exploring and promoting photography as a mode of imaginary thought and its relation to a collective imaginary.

Visitors reading a magazine
Visitors reading a magazine

Research Student Hub

A forum for both practice-based and theory-based research postgraduate students with an interest in fashion.

Pink-light in space with dancers
Pink-light in space with dancers

Screen Research Forum

An arena for critical debate and enquiry into screen-based arts practice (film and television).

A student doing a live art performance
A student doing a live art performance

Sensingsite

A platform for researchers and artists to present work exploring issues of place, space and site across diverse media and approaches.

Image of a book display
Image of a book display

Socially responsive design and innovation

Locating the principles, processes and methods that enable designers to deliver socially responsive practice.

Student holding a sketchbook
Student holding a sketchbook

Space and Place

Exploring placemaking processes and interrogating spatial discourse.

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Subjectivity & Feminisms

Exploring questions and issues of identity as they are mediated between artist/writer, artwork and viewer.

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Tate Collaboration

A strong and diversified relationship between CCW Graduate School and Tate Research.

Textiles Environment Design

Developing the role designers can play in reducing impact on the environment and providing tools for design-centred solutions.

Make up artist getting model ready for performance
Make up artist getting model ready for performance

Transnational Fashion Hub

Researching the interplay between the forces of global and local characterising fashion production and consumption.

Typographic Research Unit

Enquiring physical and virtual spaces where visible language is originated, mediated or experienced.

Visual Arts at LCF

Generating connections between researchers engaged with the fields of fashion design, costume, curation and the visual arts.