Dr Cathy Gale


Cathy Gale (MA: RCA / SFHEA) Acting Course Leader MA Communication Design: Graphic Design. Her writing, research and pedagogic practice is informed by the relationship between visual culture and the contested ideal of social agency through collective systems, dialogic design and non-tribal community identities. She leads the Open Art School Collective and the Alternative Art School in a shift towards social agency rather than isolated precarity in post-colonial design pedagogy and practice. The Disco Dissent elective forms a transformative extension of the AAS in which creative dissent and enterprise meet as innovative modes of practice. Cathy devises staff-student collaborations in communities of practice to explore contemporary techno-social critical issues. In a research-led approach to teaching she subverts conventional design tools to operate as counter-cultural political devices in unconventional contexts. Cathy is also a PhD supervisor, and External Examiner at Chelsea College of Arts.    

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • PhD (Brighton University)
  • MA Graphic Design and Art Direction (Royal College of Art, London)
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught