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Post-Grad Interest Groups

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There and Back Again - starting at the end, Conference, Centre for Circular Design, 2019

UAL supports a growing number of issue specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics..​

​These groups connect creatives with shared research/practice interests across different subject areas.

Interest group directory

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A group focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing.

Antarctica by Lucy Orta
Antarctica by Lucy Orta


An opportunity to meet artists and curators whose work evolve around the themes of migration, social sustainability and the environment.

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'Streetstyle: from sidewalk to catwalk', a seminal fashion exhibition staged at the Victoria & Albert Museum in November 1994


What are subcultures?, what are their functions and meaning both historically and contemporarily, and how do subcultural properties survive and thrive?

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Memory Threads

An interdisciplinary group of MA students and alumni exploring ideas around textiles and memory.

Working across art, textiles and science, their sessions are part discussion, part practical.

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Circular Design Lab

Circular Design Lab

Part of the Centre for Circular Design's activities, a discussion group for participants with interests in sustainability, circular economies and design as a tool for positive change.

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artwalker. West 9 Dragon (2013). Participatory process and parade Hong Kong

Reading East Asian Design

An opportunity to read essays on modern and contemporary design and visual cultures in East Asia, discussing critical issues and methodologies specific to the region.

A texidermy dog in gallery: ‘Inert’  by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
‘Inert’ by Nicholas Galanin (2009)

How can the contemporary arts represent the non-human world?

An opportunity to explore various discourses that relate to art, science and nature.

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Image credit: Artist Jeremy Hutchinson’s artworks to help create a supportive cancer environment at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. Photo Max McClure

Design Prescribed (on the mend)

A design-for-good collective, visiting various exhibitions and critiquing current hospital wards with the aim of working on live projects in NHS hospitals around the UK.

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Test Lab

An opportunity for PhD students to present papers on any aspect of their research in an informal and discursive setting.

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