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About The School of Arts and Digital Industries

The School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) is a vibrant and creative community of students, staff, researchers and alumni.  The School’s breadth of arts, media, performance and humanities subject areas are grounded in world-class research, and creative excellence, and framed by extensive community and industry collaboration.


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Our research

Arts & Digital Industries is a School with world-leading research in communications, visual arts & performance. It has a well-established reputation for cultural and communications theory, arts practice-based research, and more recently for applied performance research. Its research has impacted in theatre, galleries spaces as well as on government policy and thinking about civic and social issues.

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    modern university in London in the National Student Survey 2018 league table

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    Vibrant and creative community of students, staff, researchers and alumni

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    Subject areas grounded in world-class research and creative excellence

Resources and facilities


Our Media area is based within a ‘press room’ environment with dedicated computing facilities.  Students use the schools equipment store to loan AV equipment and recording devices to work on and off site on professional projects.  The school has a radio station that broadcasts and records podcasts of student work.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts is based within a purpose built facility in Stratford City and incorporates our Music programmes.  These facilities include rehearsal studios with dance floors and professional lighting rigs with AV computer controls to allow public performances and events.  The school runs an equipment store at this facility allowing students to loan music and performance based equipment including instruments, amps, AV, sound recording devices and hard drives that can be used on and off site in production work.  We have Mac computing facilities for editing and design work including music technologies and editing suites assist in our production values that underpins all of our technical delivery.

Art and Design

The Art & Design subject area brings together a number of disciplines that work collectively within studio based environments. These are adjacent to workshops that support learning by providing specialist training in areas such as; casting and metalwork – including casting and welding -  for sculpture and model making alongside a wood workshop, photographic darkrooms and shoot studios work with 16mm film and moving image studios for video and photography based work, a traditional printmaking workshop supports the production of screenprinting, litho and etching.  Additionally the school runs an equipment store that allows students to loan high end digital stills and video cameras and lenses, professional lighting, sound recording and AV equipment.  Computing facilities combine Mac and PC labs with digital large format photo quality printing and 3d printing alongside laser cutters to allow a deeper exploration of the subject.

Fashion Textiles

The Fashion Textiles area relies on its making areas that include a fashion workroom equipped with industrial sewing machines, steam presses, overlockers alongside pattern cutting facilities and mannequins to provide all of the resources needed in garment manufacturing. These areas are complimented by a fully equipped traditional printed textile workshop area and a digital fabrication facility.  Our computing facilities in this area allow both Mac and PC design work to take place with large format printing and Lectra pattern cutting software training.  Our 3D printing and lasercutting areas are increasingly contributing to the work in this area and allowing new technologies to inform design.

The Writing Centre

We are a writing-focused research, publication and academic support centre within the School of Arts and Digital Industries.

We are unique at UEL for our sole purpose: to promote excellence in writing.

In doing this we provide students, staff and the UEL community with access to cutting edge research in creative writing and unique and personally tailored support for academic writing.

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I chose to go on a placement year. People in my year group worked for Diesel, M&S, Anthropologie and McQueen.

I undertook buying placements with Ralph Lauren and Urban Outfitters and this secured me a graduate position as a buyer's administration assistant with Urban Outfitters.
Veronica Peduzzi-Davies , Fashion Design with Marketing, BA (Hons)
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