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Post-Grad interest groups

black and white illustrative collage with images D of students and objects
black and white illustrative collage with images D of students and objects
Designer credit: Mara Dantini (2019 UAL PG Alumni)

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

UAL’s Post-Grad Community supports a growing number of issue-specific, cross-disciplinary interest groups led by postgraduate students and academics.

​PhD students have launched interest groups in the past to coincide with exhibitions and symposiums that they have organised under the same theme. Students have also used Interest Groups as a working group towards research or a standalone event or series.

Hear from the initiators of three thriving PhD student-led interest groups to understand how these originated and how the group has fuelled their research.

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Post-Grad Interest Group Directory

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    Image courtesy of UAL, Traces web banner

    Traces: Stories of Migration

    Interrogate dialogues about a cross-disciplinary subject whilst addressing issues surrounding the act of migration.

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


    What are the functions and meanings of subcultures historically and contemporarily?

  • collage of photo of a clothed body with no head
    Post-Grad Interest Group: Body Representation

    Body Representation

    Interrogating various aspects of personal and societal issues of body representation.

  • graphic text
    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

    With the aim to 'make the brown feminist maker visible’.

  • ballerinas in various nude shades
    Fashion and ethnicity - Post-Grad Interest Group

    Fashion and Ethnicity

    Looking at how ethnicity intersects with practices of fashion in its broadest sense. 

  • two people on a cylcing sculpture

    Open Source Review

    Creating dialogues that link theory with practice within a cross-disciplinary membership.

  • A hand hovering over a mirror with small pieces of plastic with words on them like magnetic poetry
    Image by Hyun Cho

    Translation Cases

    Seeking to decentralise and decolonise systems of knowledge production in the art world through case studies of translation and multilingual thinking.

  • someone workling on a laptop

    PhD Tea and Chat

    A place for PhD students to come together as a community, to socialise or to study and help each other through their PhD journey.

  • A person sitting on the floor leaning over various photographs
    Tabitha Gammer, Photo by Tabitha Gammer
    | Photograph: Tabitha Gammer


    A crit group for UAL students whose creative practices involve candid imagery.

  • Maria Li, Open EcoTech Lab image by Maria Li
    | Photograph: Maria Li

    Open EcoTech Lab

    Open EcoTech Lab is a cross-disciplinary platform to foster collaboration between art/ design and science in developing open-source/ open-science projects that drive behavioral and systemic change for climate emergencies.

Interest group stories