Dr Victoria Kelley’s expertise spans the boundaries between design history, fashion history, material culture and social history. Victoria teaches on the MA Fashion, Design, Contemporary Jewellery and Photography courses on our Rochester campus, as well as supervising a number of MPhil/PhD students
Victoria Kelley's interest in understanding the past through its material culture dates back to early passions for both history and design. She studied Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford, and Design History at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum. She returned to the RCA and V&A to study for her doctorate.
She has taught in British art and design education since 1996, at institutions including the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). She has taught at UCA since 1996, and is concurrently Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies for Fashion, Fashion Communication, Textiles and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, a half-time post that sits alongside her role at UCA. At UCA Victoria leads the research methods teaching for MA Printed Textiles for Fashion and Interiors, and also delivers interdisciplinary teaching across Textiles and Photography. Victoria is an experienced PhD supervisor, of both history/theory projects and practice-based research. She leads UCA’s Graduate Forum.
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