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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.

​Want to start an Interest Group? 

Download the Post-Grad Interest Group Set Up Guide (PDF 65KB)

Or get in touch with pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk

Post-Grad Interest Group Directory

  • Antarctica by Lucy Orta
    Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Image courtesy of UAL, Antarctica by Lucy Orta
    Traces: Stories of Migration

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

  • An exhibition of images and text
    On Going Underground by the Hollow Chambers Team. Selected photographs of publications from the MCG Archive and Library. Photo: Silvia De Giorgi
    DRAW

    A pan UAL initiative which is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to drawing. 

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

    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.

  • 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 smashed glass lightbulb with green oxidised crystals growing out of it
    Image courtesy of the Change Agents Post-Grad Interest Group.
    Change Agents

    A network for creative minds at UAL who have an active interest in designing for social change.

  • 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 texidermy dog in gallery: ‘Inert’  by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
    ‘Inert’ by Nicholas Galanin (2009)
    Art and the More-than-Human

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

  • scaffold poles
    Credit: Jon Martin
    The Art of Questioning

    What does it mean to have a method and how methodology of your PhD research be developed and brought to light?

  • illustrative only
    Credit: Lynda Beckett
    Test Lab

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

  • graphic text
    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist
    BLAME – Brown Leaders and Makers Exist

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

Interest group stories

  • Reporting back on ‘Fashion and Ethnicity’ Post-Grad Interest Group’s 2021 Meetups
    Bracelets used for object analysis, PhD Candidate Anushka Tay (2020).

    Reporting back on ‘Fashion and Ethnicity’ Post-Grad Interest Group’s 2021 Meetups

    Our regular group meetups provide a welcoming and open space to consider the meanings and ramifications of ethnicity in fashion and dress practices worldwide.

  • Language in fashion and sustainability
    Tailors in Bahrain. (TimeOut magazine, "Tailors in Bahrain", 2009)

    Language in fashion and sustainability

    Reporting back on the 'Fashion and Ethnicity' Post-Grad Interest Group's recent interactive workshop called “Language in Fashion and Sustainability” led by Rawan Maki, PhD Candidate at LCF.

  • Fashioning My Black Body: Reflections through Autoethnography
    Post-Grad Interest Group: Fashion & Ethnicity. mage credit: Kadian Gosler

    Fashioning My Black Body: Reflections through Autoethnography

    Reporting back on the 'Fashion and Ethnicity' Post-Grad Interest Group's third session on the topic of ‘clothing and experience’, LCF PhD candidate Kadian Gosler presented work called ‘Fashioning My Black Body: Reflections through

  • Post-Grad Interest Group: Materials Matter
    image credit: Billie Coxhead, CSM Materials Library

    Post-Grad Interest Group: Materials Matter

    A place to share ideas, projects, events, information and resources about materials. Monthly online meet led initially by Billie Coxhead who co-ordinates the UAL Materials & Products Collections.