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School of Arts and Creative Industries

  • Industry links

    We provide our students with strong industry links – placements, collaborations and staff with real industry experience
  • Interdisciplinary

    We believe interdisciplinary learning is a core component of future work – cross-School collaborations and opportunities providing students with broader experience and skills
  • entrepreneurial

    We want our students to be entrepreneurial – providing students with skills and experience to choose their own career path 

Who we are

The School of Arts and Creative Industries is a forward-thinking hub of creativity in the thriving artistic, cultural hotbed of East London. Our academic staff create a diverse and innovative learning environment that will not only challenge you but also expose you to a rich mix of culture and knowledge. You will be supported by excellent technical and administrative staff and the courses are taught in purpose-built facilities to ensure you have a full suite of resources available to you throughout your study. We are at the heart of the cultural life of our local communities and of London itself: supplying some of the key talent, skills and ideas that will help shape the future of the UK’s creative economy. 

    The School of Arts and Creative Industries’ breadth of media, fashion and performance areas are grounded in creative excellence and framed by extensive community and industry collaboration. Our music, dance, drama, performing arts and acting courses are part of the vibrant arts and theatre scene of East London, with our yearly FUEL performance festival standing as one example of this.

    Our media courses engage you in a range of cutting-edge media practice and debates and allow you to learn by practising your skills in real live contexts, such as film festival participation (Film), football clubs (Sports Journalism) and games jams (Games). Our fashion design, textiles and marketing courses have innovation and enterprise at their heart, challenging the boundaries of traditional design, textile, fashion business and marketing. Our courses participate in a wide range of influential activities inclusive of the learning experience at UEL such as fashion weeks, tradeshows and collaborative projects with industry partners in design, retail, styling, sustainable textile developments for industry and much more.  


    • All our students develop a range of practical skills and techniques while developing an understanding of the professional, cultural, social, technological contexts of their practice.
    • As well as learning about your subject we prepare you for the jobs of tomorrow. We equip you with useful life skills.
    • We provide you with strong industry links – placements, collaborations and staff with real industry experience.
    • We believe interdisciplinary study is a core component of future work – cross-School collaborations and opportunities provide you with broader experience and skills.
    • We encourage an entrepreneurial spirit.
    • We celebrate the diversity in the School – a rich mix of students, staff, experience and opportunities nurture a creative and collaborative environment.

    Key Features

    All our students are taught in discipline specific spaces equipped with facilities, materials and equipment loans for making, performing and collaborating on practical projects. Students perform in a range of multi-purpose performance studios, production spaces and sound studios at our USS campus. Fashion facilities at the Docklands campus include pattern cutting and sewing studios that boasts state of the art machinery for manufacturing and production and media students benefit from a range of green screen, newsroom, mac labs, edit, games and animation suites.

    Key facilities


    School of Arts and Creative Industries

    Dean of School: Simon Robertshaw

    Dean of School: Simon Robertshaw

    • Director of Education and Experience (Interim Co-Directors) Dr Rosemary Stott and Dr Natalie Garrett Brown
    • Director of Enterprise and Careers  Suzanne Dixon
    • Director of Impact and Innovation   Kate Hodgkin
    • Head of Department of Fashion: Beatrice Newman 
    • Head of Department of Media: Dr Rosemary Stott
    • Head of Department of Music, Writing and Performance: Dr Natalie Garrett Brown

    • School Business Manager Esme Godden
    • Deputy School Manager  Buky Osifeso
    • Departmental Officer  Eunice Arkhurst



    • Gokan Aydin – Senior Lecturer
    • Emma Carey – Senior Lecturer
    • Joe HunterSenior Lecturer
    • Ruth Jacob – Programme Leader for BA Fashion Marketing  
    • Namal Lanka – Lecturer, Fashion Enterprise and placements 
    • Kent LeProgramme Leader for MA International Fashion Business  
    • Beatrice Newman – Programme Leader for Fashion Design                          
    • Lesley RobertsonProgramme Leader for BA Fashion Textiles  
    • Kim SmithSenior Lecturer    


    • Andrew Branch Senior Lecturer
    • Tony Sampson –  Reader           
    • Valentina Signorelli – Programme Leader for BA Media & Communication
    • Alexander Thomas – Programme Leader for BA Media Production

    Media Foundation

    • David Lashbrook  Lecturer   
    • Anna Robinson – Programme Leader for Foundation HCI & MS



    • Christian Brindley Programme Leader for BSc Computer Game Development and BA Computer Games Design: Story Development
    • Cenk Koknar – Lecturer Games Design
    • Shringi Kumari Lecturer Games Design 
    • Patrick Quinnell – Lecturer
    • Imraan Younas – Senior Lecturer Games Design & Programming



    • Julia Dane  Programme Leader for BA Advertising
    • Sylvia Prasad – Senior Lecturer 


    Journalism and Sports Journalism


    • David Chapman – Programme Leader for MA Filmmaking  
    • Jill Daniels – Senior Lecturer
    • Lindsay Hallam/ Johannes Maier – Programme Leaders for BA Film  
    • Jonathan Shoop – Lecturer   
    • Valentina Vitali – Professor

    Creative Writing 

    • Terry Bailey – Programme Leader for BA Creative Writing  
    • Helena Blakemore  – Senior Lecturer
    • Ravinder Basra – Senior Lecturer
    • Roberta GarrettSenior Lecturer

    Acting & Theatre Directing 

    Drama Applied Theatre & Performance

    • Martin HeaneySenior Lecturer
    • Lynne McCarthy – Lecturer 
    • Lisselle Terret / Clare Qualmann – Programme Leader for BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance  

    Dance: Urban Practice 


    • Michael Bunce – Programme Leader for BA Music Technology  
    • Steve Betts – Programme Leader for BA Music Performance & Production  
    • Yumi CawkwellSenior Lecturer
    • Jeremy Gilbert – Professor
    • Guy HarriesSenior Lecturer
    • Gordon Kerr Senior Lecturer
    • Tim LawrenceProfessor
    • Anthony Nwachukwu – Lecturer
    • Sonke Prigge – Lecturer
    • Helen ReddingtonSenior Lecturer 

    Performing Arts

    • Juliet Knight – Lecturer
    • Carrie Mueller / Paul Woodward – Programme Leader for BA Performing Arts  
    • Freddie Opoku-Addaie – Lecturer
    • Tristan Parkes – Senior Lecturer  

    Performing Arts Foundation  
    Caroline Griffiths – Programme Leader for Foundation Performing Arts, Dance & Drama  

    Dean Todd  Technical Resources Manager

    Rob Reed  Technical Services Officer


    • Aklima Ali – Technical Assistant - Stores 
    • Josephine Callaghan – Technical Assistant
    • Joao Cipriani – Technical Assistant - Stores
    • Teresa Duran – Technical Assistant
    • Angeline Ferguson – Technical Assistant
    • Jack Florish – Technical Assistant
    • Salma Vohra – Technical Associate

    Performing Arts

    • Jono Bell – Technical Associate
    • Patrick Evans – Technical Assistant - Stores
    • Steve Rolle – Technical Assistant - Stores
    • Julian Shapter – Technician
    • Karina Townsend – Technician


    • Zoe Hodgson – Technical Associate
    • Nuraan Peterson – Technician
    • Jo Primiano  Technical Assistant

    Hear from our graduates

    Krasimira Stoyneva is an award-winning fashion designer who pioneers the use of new materials and campaigns against animal cruelty with her slogan 'WEAR HAIR NOT FUR'.


    I don’t think I’ve ever been made to feel more welcome.  Being surrounded by people who are friendly, social, and share your interests has to be one of the best things I can say about my university experience.

    Ben Nizan, BA (Hons) Computer Games Design graduate
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