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Learn from leading filmmakers in world-class facilities and you could soon be following in the footsteps of UEL alumni who are enjoying successful careers in the worlds of film production and exhibition, artists’ moving image and academic film studies
School of Arts and Digital Industries

    You will benefit from advanced production facilities, all delivered by technical instructors and Apple Mac accredited trainers. You can use our state-of-the-art Black Box studio, along with production facilities in film (16mm and Super 16mm formats), HD ideo, sound, multimedia and web design.


    Out students consistently produce outstanding films on a course that has proved ideal for graduates of film studies, cultural and media studies, humanities and social sciences, and art and design.
  • Well Connected

    We have superb industry contacts and connections from national film festivals to prominent film production companies – many of them on our doorstep in the media hub of east London.

Why us?

With a combination of theory and practice, you will learn about documentary, fiction, artists’ film and multichannel installation and you will explore your own creative voice by completing five or more projects, culminating in a substantial thesis film.

As well as our own academic team of highly experienced filmmakers, film theorists and film historians, you will gain valuable insights from visiting filmmakers and artists.

Recently, we’ve welcomed Peter Strickland, the Berlin Festival Golden Bear-winning director, and Leonie Benesch, star of the Palme d’Or-winning film The White Ribbon."

modern learning environment

You will be based in the Moving Image Studio, our flagship research and production centre at our Docklands campus.

There you will develop your understanding of the intricate processes of moving image production through the teaching of practising filmmakers and video artists, some of whom are world-renowned in their field.

why us


Being part of an academic community of independent filmmakers and moving image artists, as well as having London as a cultural backdrop, has been creatively and professionally rewarding.
Elena Carmen Cojocaru , MA Filmmaking
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What we're researching

Our research in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies received outstanding marks in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the six-yearly national evaluation of higher education research.

An impressive 33 per cent of our work was classified as ‘world-leading', while a further 47 per cent was rated as ‘internationally excellent’.

Our flagship Moving Image Studio is a platform for developing, presenting and discussing the work of UK-based artists, film makers, scholars and organisations working with the moving image.

Through research funded by the British Academy, Dr Valentina Vitali, Reader in Film Studies and a distinguished film historian, has written one of the first academic publications to document key neglected areas of the Hindi film industry.

Valentina explores the relationships between history, economics and film aesthetics and also has keen research interest in Mexican and Italian cinema, as well as exploitation films, film as history and image-based work by women.

Dr David Chapman's current practice investigates the sonic mediation of the natural world and the durational exploration of place and environment through audio-visual installations. He has a wider research interest in the operation of sound in relation to the moving image.

Dr Jill Daniels is an award-winning filmmaker. She has been making documentary films since 1989 and her work has been shown all over the world. Her research interests and film practice focuses on memory, place and subjectivities in experimental documentary films.

The primary research interests of Dr Lindsay Hallam are horror and science fiction cinema, while Jill Nelmes has published widely on the subject of film and screenwriting.

The focus of Dr Johannes Maier's work is a critical engagement with televisual forms and his films are often collaborations with individuals working within large institutions such as interpreters at the European Commission or picture editors at the BBC. His work has been shown regularly at international film festivals.


MA Film