University for the Creative Arts
As a specialist institution, UCA is committed to creative practice and understands research and enquiry to be at the heart of lifelong practice-led pedagogies in the creative arts. UCA researchers represent a broad range of practice as artists, designers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, historians, theorists and curators. Their research leads to the creation of buildings, artworks, installations, books, articles, ceramics, exhibitions, textiles, reports, films, photographs and moving image, and as such they offer a broad understanding of art and design that reaches into allied areas of the media, communication and the built environment.
UCA researchers and academic staff work alongside, supervise and mentor a range of postgraduate research students working toward MPhil and PhD research degrees. Research students are central to the vitality of the research culture at UCA and their work pushes the bounds of creativity and innovation.
The university co-ordinates its research through a number of research centres:
- The Anglo-Japanese Textile Centre
- Crafts Study Centre
- The Centre for Sustainable Design
- Centre for Digital Scholarship
Research Lead: Professor Trevor Keeble
Professor Trevor Keeble is Director of Research and Enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts. Before joining UCA he was Associate Dean (Academic Development) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, where he was previously Acting Dean and Head of the School of Art and Design History.
Trevor graduated from the University of Brighton in 1994 having studied for a BA (Hons) Interior Architecture. Following this he enrolled on the V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design with the support of the Oliver Ford Scholarship. Whilst at the Royal College of Art his research interests focused upon the changing and various interfaces between professional design discourses and popular consumption, relating in particular to issues of domestic design and modernity in the mid-twentieth century. These themes subsequently underpinned and informed Trevor’s PhD research which sought to explore issues of design, taste and identity in the late-Victorian domestic interior. Awarded in 2005 by the Royal College of Art, ‘The Domestic Moment’ attempted to identify the ways in which ‘domesticity’ was inscribed across exhibitions, trade publications, private diaries and letters, shops and catalogues, in a bid to demonstrate its centrality to a dynamic culture of Victorian modernity. Trevor continues to maintain his research interest in the design of domesticity, together with the history of British design and design education; his publications include the co-edited volumes Fashion, Performance and the Modern Interior (2011), Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today (2009) and The Modern Period Room 1870-1950: The Construction of the Exhibited Interior (2006). Most recently he has contributed essays to the collections Domestic Interiors (Bloomsbury, 2012), and The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Trevor has co-supervised a number of PhD projects in nineteenth and twentieth century design and design history. These include studies of nineteenth century domestic design advice; the design, visual and material culture of the late-Victorian public house; the Edwardian domestic interior; the cultural history of wood; late-nineteenth century art book publishing; the design of British printed textiles in the 1920s; the history of the typewriter and automated writing; and the contemporary women’s sex shop. He has also worked in partnership with the curatorial team of Hampton Court Palace to supervise two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral projects concerning the history of Hampton Court Palace as a visitor attraction since 1837, and a history of housekeeping in the Royal bedchambers of Hampton Court Palace, 1689-1737.