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Resources and Facilities

Computers and Printing

In addition to the three campus libraries open 24/7, with over 1500 networked PCs and free wi-fi internet access, our students also have access to the following:

Digital Output Lab (DOL) - enabling students to scan, proof and finalise their work for output onto DVD or a range of printers up to A0 format.

PC & Mac Labs - which allow dual platform computing with structured training sessions alongside individual research, scanning and printing.

Immersive Environment – which allows students to explore adaptable computer controlled and monitored spaces.

Log-in Gateway - offering high end Apple Mac computing.

Media Production Services

The School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) hosts a range of media and multimedia production activities within its Media Production Services (MPS). This facility combines teaching, research and production activities in a state-of-the-art environment giving access to leading edge technologies and the support of highly skilled technical staff.

It supports the multimedia production elements of academic programmes and research in the School of Arts and Digital Industries.  
It enables the generation of income to benefit the University, to enhance the Centre’s facilities and to extend its partnerships.
It supports the development of media and IT services in the University, where appropriate resources are made available. Currently this also involves providing support for Apple Macintosh facilities for the School.

The Equipment Store facilitates the booking of rooms and facilities as well as hiring of equipment for ADI students and staff free of charge. Students can hire advanced video equipment (camcorders, tripods, lighting kits, steady cams, rifle microphones and SQN mixers), photographic equipment (DSLR cameras, full-frame film cameras, tripods, lighting kits and a variety of lenses), music equipment (PA kits, guitar and bass amplifiers, electric and acoustic guitars, basses, professional microphones, advanced synthesizers) and more.

AV Edit Suites

Eleven AV Edit Suites are set up for video editing. The Suites can accommodate between 3 to 6 users. They are all similarly kitted out with an 8-core MacPro computer running the same suite of software as the Mac Labs, however they are supplemented by a full complement of professional AV hardware: M-Audio ProjectMix I/O - 8 channel audio interface and control surface, Native Instruments Maschine 1.8, Rode NT1-A large-diaphragm condenser microphone with pop-filter, Tascam CDRW750/900SL CD recorder deck, Tascam MD-350 MiniDisc recorder deck, active monitors, Novation Impulse 25 USB/MIDI controller keyboard and a DV tape deck - Playback for DVCAM and DV formats or a HDV tape deck - Playback for HDV, DVCAM and DV formats.
 
Radio Studio

In the West Building in the Docklands Campus, MPS has a modern Radio Studio with a separate talks room. The control room is fully equipped with: Soniflex S2 Broadcast Desk fully loaded with PPM metering and Telephone Hybrid, Cortex Dual MP3 Player with Play List editor, Twin CD Players, 2 Tascam Mini Disc Player/Recorders, 1 Presenters position Microphone & 4 Guest position with Talkback in the talks area, Monitoring by Tannoy Reveal and Apple iMac for programme streaming.

Music Facilities

Recording Studios: the spacious Live Rooms contain a Boston GP-218 concert grand piano, Yamaha Motif 8 synthesiser workstation, Yamaha Stage Custom drum kit and various percussion instruments. Control Room A is kitted out with Apple Mac Pro with Logic Studio 2, Avid Pro Tools 10, Abelton Suite 8 and Waves Diamond plugins, Native Instruments Maschine 1.8, Novation Impulse 25 USB/MIDI keyboard controller, Euphonix MC Mix and MC Control v2 control surfaces giving a total of 12 available faders, 2 x Focusrite Octopre MkII 8 channel microphone preamplifiers with a total of 16 mic/line inputs, MOTU 2408 MK3 24 channel digital audio interface and PMC TB2 transmission-line monitor loudspeakers.Whilst Control Room B houses our advanced Pro Tools Suite: Apple Mac Pro with Avid Pro Tools|HDX 10, Logic Studio 2, Abelton Suite 8 and Waves Diamond Plugins, Native Instruments Maschine 1.8, Novation Impulse 25 USB/MIDI keyboard controller, Avid HD I/O audio interface, Avid C|24 24 fader control surface with 16 microphone pre-amplifiers, Universal Audio 6176 valve channel strip (microphone pre-amplifier, EQ and compressor/limiter) and Genelec 8040A active monitor loudspeakers.

In addition, students also enjoy access to 7 Practice Rooms and an Equipment Store with a large array of musical instruments and recording equipment for hire.

Performing Arts Spaces

Multi-purpose Studios

The School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) Dance, Music and Theatre facilities are located in the newly built University Square Stratford building.  The multi-purpose studios have fully sprung professional grade dance floors, mirrors, ballet bars and high quality lighting, HD video and sound infrastructure. These two spaces are dedicated to teaching Dance and Movement performance as well as being spaces for professional performance production. All of our studios are available for rehearsal use by our student body outside of lectures as well as on our graduate rehearsal support programme.

Black Box Studio

The Black Box studio is a professional theatre production space. Equipped beyond industry standards with high quality lighting, sound and HD video infrastructure. The Black Box studio is acoustically treated and has a fully sprung dance floor. This is a space designed for full technical, performance and teaching flexibility, devoted to producing high quality performance work.

The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is a place for ADI students to work on their academic writing and improve their study skills. Our experienced staff are trained to help you at every stage of the writing process, from finding a topic to drafting an essay or dissertation to making final revisions. We want to help you become the best writer you can be. Hundreds of students visit us every year for free and confidential one-to-one sessions.

We can help you:

 ● Plan and structure an essay or dissertation
 ● Improve your editing and proofreading skills
 ● Practise using correct punctuation and grammar
 ● Organise your ideas
 ● Improve your note taking and critical thinking strategies
 ● Discover your own unique writing style

We can’t:

● Write an essay or dissertation for you
● Edit your essay or dissertation

Information about appointments

Getting Started:

● You must fill out a one-page registration form before your first session. This helps us match you with the writing tutor who best fits your needs. You can fill out the registration form by clicking below. We can also send you the form if you email us at writingcentre@uel.ac.uk.
● Once you're registered, a writing tutor will email you to set up your first appointment.

What to expect:

● Come to your session prepared. Bring your assignment, readings, notes and other relevant material.
● Each session will last about 40 minutes.
● You can make up to six appointments a term.

You can schedule a session by emailing writingcentre@uel.ac.uk. Or visit one of our drop-in sessions, which take place every Wednesday from noon to 3pm and every Friday from 10am to noon.

The Writing Centre, WB.1.16, Docklands Campus, University of East London
Contact us at writingcentre@uel.ac.uk.

Workshops

Fashion and Textiles

These workshops provide materials and facilities for textile printing and pressing, including an exposure unit and a transfer press. There are workshops for pattern cutting, machining, and fabricating garments. There is a textile print workshop with large screen tables for fabric printing. Fabric can also be printed using the large format digital printer in the Fabric Print and Design Bureau. Machine workrooms provide a full machining workshop, producing garments with a variety of construction techniques.

Photography,  Film and Video

We provide developing and printing facilities for 35mm and medium format processes. There is a photographic darkroom with enlargers and facilities for developing and printing black and white photos. There are several printers for printing digital images, as well as the large scale facility afforded by the Fabric Print and Design Bureau. There are cameras and projectors for 35mm and digital work, as well as for 16mm film.  Unusually at UEL we have a 16mm processor and printer, allowing students to process their work on site. There are full and extensive facilities for digital video work within the school.

Printmaking 

The Printmaking workshop provides facilities for traditional printing and etching including acid processes, exposure units, hot plates, lithography presses, block printing and screen printing. There is an extensive studio for traditional forms of printmaking including silkscreen, etching, relief printing and lithography. There is also a workshop for printing textiles, which has large screen beds for printing fabric. The Fabric Print and Design Bureau offer opportunities for printing digital or photographic images onto paper and fabrics on a large scale. 

Sculpture and woodwork

The Sculpture and Woodwork workshops provide a range of professional and hand tools including bench saws, pillar drills, sanding wheels and band saws. There is a woodwork shop with facilities for making stretchers for paintings as well as other wood working jobs.

There is a well equipped sculpture workshop which allows the use of all common sculptural processes with facilities for working in plaster, clay, wax, steel and wood providing mixing and working areas for plaster and clay work.

Metal working facilities including welding, cutting, bending and casting. We also maintain a bronze casting foundry and a kiln for firing clay.