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UAL x LDF: Models of Engagement

Group of people working together in a large white space
Group of people working together in a large white space
Recognising Experience-Based Education and Learning (REBEL) Framework and Shared Campus

How can we build and activate a creative community in Europe?

This strand focuses on models of engagement and co-design involving multiple stakeholders including academia, government, industry, and society working together across disciplinary, geographical, societal, and cultural boundaries.
The aim is to share good practice and consider how these models can be further tested, iterated, and scaled up to build creative partnerships in Europe that can work to address some of the key challenges of our age.

Global Design Studio

Humanity, A Cookbook for Planetary Health

An online studio project that introduces students and staff from different Higher Education Institutions to transnational and transdisciplinary practices and collaboration, situated in pluralistic and global ways of designing together whilst exploring subject-driven opportunities for online learning.

Students looked to positive futures made possible through knowledge sharing and design as a means of action.  

The planetary shift brings consequences for all of us and as designers we have a responsibility to act, propose, challenge and share. Over the period of two weeks students and staff collaboratively worked together on the Planetary Health Cookbook, shaping recipes for people to act both individually and collectively.

Partners: London College of Communication, UAL, ELISAVA, Barcelona, and RMIT, Melbourne

Interact, the Global Design Studio and the Common Design Studio

Living Systems Lab

Living Systems Lab Symposium

UAL's Living Systems Lab explores the inherent properties of biological living systems to develop new knowledge in the field of ecology via creative practices in art, design, and architecture. Two interconnected strands bring together bio-informed design research as a disruptive driver for sustainable innovation and artistic research, exploring the interrelationships within complex ecologies and networked systems.

The symposium held in partnership with MAAT introduces the Living Systems Lab Research Group from Central Saint Martins and projects which exist at the intersection of art, design, architecture, and biology: Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures, Heather Barnett, Artist and Lecturer MA Art and Science, Nancy Diniz, Architect and Course Leader MA Biodesign, Alice Taylor, Bioengineer and Lecturer in Biology and Living Systems and Rob Kesseler, Professor of Art, Design and Science.

Partners: MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon


A collaboration between ASP Katowice in Poland and Chelsea College of Arts - a network that explores how the art academy and society intersect and promotes experimental practices in art and education.

Parallax acknowledges that an art school’s function is a test site; one that allows for discourse to be enacted through making work, where ideas and approaches, methods and technologies are shared, challenged, and developed. The collaborative network seeks to enact the values of a ‘dialogue through doing,’ making things and making things happen.

Partners: University of Plymouth Fine Arts, HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, Sweden, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, WRO Art Centre in Wroclaw, Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art in Bytom, Poland, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL.

Introduction to the PARALLAX Project

Pharma Factory

A room filled with plants, lit purple
A four-year project funded by the ‘EU Horizon 2020, UAL

A  four-year project funded by the ‘EU Horizon 2020, Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services’ call.

The project aims to further the development of high value products such as pharmaceuticals using plant biotechnology for human, veterinary and diagnostics developments.

These pharmaceutical proteins offer new opportunities for greater access, speed of development and potentially lower costs for vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Partners: SamaBriva, Transalgae Ltd, AlbaJuna Therapeutic SL, Diamante SRL, Leaf Expression Systems Ltd, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, The University of Rouen, Normandie, The UdL, The John Innes Centre, CSIC, University of the Arts London, University College LondonVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Fraunhofer IME

Plastic Justice

Funded by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership programme of the European Union, the project brings together students and staff from the five universities with scientists and environmental NGOs to disseminate new knowledge about the effect of microplastics on health and develop networks between environmental research, creative activism, and policy.

Partners: Iceland University of the Arts; Royal Academy of Art, The Hague; Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering; Vilnius Academy of Art in Lithuania; and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, which is represented by the Graphic Communication Design programme at CSM.

Student work in progress:

Georgia Morrison, Micro-plastic-free fashion guide.

Jasmine Key, Still from a short film exploring an innovative design project to use jellyfish mucus as a filter to help remove micro plastics from the oceans.

screenshot from the plastic justice website repository
Plastic Justice - Online Repository

Product Design and Silver Economy: Ecologies of action

Summer School in Bilbao

A blackboard with images of space and architecture
Product Design and Silver Economy Summer School, 2021. Photo by Emma Berardi.

A five-day design development workshop led by a collaborative team of design researchers, tutors, students, and academics from the CSD Kunsthal, Bibao and UAL’s Chelsea College of Arts, London.

It focussed on the concerns and activities of older citizens to consider ways to enhance wellbeing. Commonalities and distinctions between the elderly and the young was important to the project, and this saw a healthy dialogue resulting in a range of delightful and sensitive initiatives.

The course revealed new ways of thinking about home environments, museum visits, the navigation of streets and a consideration of lost histories.

Partners: Kunsthal Bilbao


Recognising Experience-Based Education and Learning (REBEL) Framework Workshop

Recognising Experience-Based Education and Learning (REBEL) Framework and Shared Campus.

REBEL is an educational toolkit designed to support individuals or groups with reflection and the evaluation of their learning. It helps both the student and the teacher to talk about strengths. REBEL is used to develop the confidence of the learner.

REBEL has been embedded into recently developed international postgraduate courses at UAL – MA Intercultural Practices, MA Performance: Society and is the corner stone in the approach to learning evaluation and assessment for the new framework for Work and Experience-Based Learning at UAL: Central Saint Martins.

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Shared Campus

REBEL is being further developed for use across the Shared Campus international network as a means of validating learning acquired through collaborative projects. Shared Campus is a cooperation platform for international education formats and research networks developed to tackle issues of global significance. The platform is designed around themes of international relevance with a distinct focus on transcultural issues and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Partners: City University of Hong Kong / School of Creative Media, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kyoto Seika University, LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), Taipei National University of the Arts, University of the Arts London, Zurich University of the Arts, Amsterdam University of the Arts, École des beaux-arts de Paris, Monash University, Tokyo University of the Arts, University of Siegen, University of the Arts Utrecht.


Unleashing future-facing urban hubs through culture and creativity-led strategies of transformative time

T-Factor challenges what is called the ‘waiting time’ in urban regeneration - i.e. the time in-between the development of the masterplan and the infrastructure being built - to demonstrate how culture, and creative collaboration between academia, government, community and business can unleash inclusive and vibrant urban hubs of (re)generation, social innovation and enterprise.

Partners: ANCI Toscana (Lead), Italy, LAMA Development and Cooperation Agency, Italy, PlusValue, UK, University of Arts London, UK, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Asociación Cultural Open Your Kolektiboa – Espacio Open, Spain LAND Italia, Italy, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain, Aalborg Universitet, Denmark, Marta Arniani, France, Friche La Belle de Mai, France, Stichting Waag Society, Netherlands, Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, Lithuania, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain, Entidad Publica Empresarial Local Bilbao Ekintza, Spain, Kauno Miesto Savivaldybes Administracija, Lithuania, Technische Universitat Dortmund, Germany,  Stadt Dortmund, Germany, iPropeller, Belgium, Lodz-Miasto Na Prawach Powiatu, Poland, London Borough of Camden, UK, Kaunas 2022, Lithuania, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, Tongji University – College of Design and Innovation, China.

Urban landscape with an oasis of soil and people working on the ground
T-factor: Unleashing future-facing urban hubs through culture and creativity-led strategies of transformative time. Photograph by Adam Razvi, UAL

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