UAL’s Post-Grad Community Programme 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 specialisms and subject areas.
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.
Interest group directory
Focused on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing, DRAW events are open to all UAL postgraduate students, UAL staff, as well as a wider community of invited alumni, practitioners and researchers in the field.
What are subcultures? What are their functions and meanings, both historically and contemporarily? And how do subcultural properties survive and thrive? Led by Kevin Quinn and Ray Kinsella (UAL PhD students).
A network for creative minds at UAL who have an active interest in designing for social change. Led by Abbi Fletcher (Post-Grad Community Coordinator)
Explore and discuss some key texts on black history, anti-racist/anti-colonial struggles and decolonisation in higher education. Led by Rahul Patel and Vanessa Ansa (UAL staff members).
A Focus on the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, and other Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library. Co-led by library and academic staff.
Exploring ideas around textiles and memory. Working across art, textiles and science, their sessions are part discussion, part practical. Led by an interdisciplinary group of UAL MA students and alumni.
Student led online community of current UAL students and alumni interested in exploring how digital devices are shaping our individual and collective sense of identity.
A platform that designs sustainable fashion education as a tool to challenge current consumption habits, with a specific focus on closing the loop as a response to the negative consequences of the current resource intensive fashion industry. Led by Lauren Junestrand (UAL PhD student).
MA students Xiangsong Yang - MSc Creative computing, Creative Computing Institute and Xinyuan Xu - MA Game Design, LCC invite postgrads to come together and explore the potential of redesigning electronic device charging.
Interest group stories
Subcultures and their mediated representations: Reporting on the Symposium
The symposium Subcultures and their mediated representations, was hosted by 3 postgraduate students (one from London College of Fashion, two from Central Saint Martins) at LCF on 31 October 2019.
DRAW report on Whetherscapes
Written by Emma Hollaway, MA Drawing 2018 On the final day of the Wimbledon MA Drawing degree show Whetherscapes, Professor Rebecca Fortnum led a tour and Artists in Conversation discussion.
Exploring Circles Summer term activities
Exploring Circles is an interest group in which we approach the theme of sustainability through the lens of design practice.