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Art and Design

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Learn from and be inspired by major figures in British art and design. Push the boundaries of your creativity and imagination alongside internationally acclaimed fine artists, graphic designers, photographers, animators and illustrators. 
School of Arts and Digital Industries
  • celebrated academics

    You’ll be taught by major art figures such as sculptor Richard Wilson, Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey and award-winning film maker John Smith.
  • award winners

    Our students get noticed. They've been winners or nominees in many competitions such as The Times Big Picture photographic award, the Hix art award and the Jerwood Drawing Prize.
  • good career move

    We always keep your future career in mind. We’re affiliated to the Association of Illustrators and the Associations of Photographers, while our photography department also has industry links with Ilford, Canon, Calumet, Metro and Manfrotto.

Why us?

UEL’s Art and Design courses are growing in reputation. The quality of the artists that we’re helping to shape reflects the enviable standards of teaching offered by our distinguished practitioners and researchers.

We cover a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll work in a well-equipped, studio-based environment and enjoy access to free equipment hire and dedicated exhibition spaces and studios.

We have production areas for design, illustration, painting, digital imaging, 16mm film and printmaking, and fabrication workshops that include casting, firing, woodwork, metalwork and bronze casting, laser cutting and 3D printing.

We prioritise the display of student work. We offer live presentation opportunities not only in the vibrant London scene but elsewhere in the UK and internationally.
Our exceptional contacts mean you could land invaluable work placements, too. Three students recently had the privilege of helping Tim Flach, one of the world’s finest photographers of animals, during his filming of an advertising campaign.
Learning By Doing

Graphic Design at UEL offers everyone a chance to operate in an economy which is moving further and further into the realms of the creative industries.

Joe Pleass , BA (Hons) Graphic Design, graduate
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What we’re researching

Our main research activity focuses on our major strengths of sculpture and installation, of independent artists’ film and video and of visual culture, engaging with cultural politics and identity.

Largely through the continued excellence of our established world-leading practitioners in sculpture and installation, and through our research in independent artists’ film, we’ve maintained an international reputation for artistic innovation and research excellence.

Among our renowned academic team are senior lecturer Faisal Abdu'Allah, whose extraordinary work crosses the borders of photography, the printed image and lens-based installation. He’s exhibited at Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery.

Senior lecturer Susan Stockwell has also enjoyed critical acclaim for her elegant drawings, sculptures and installation, which have been exhibited all over the world from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to the Tate Modern to China’s Shenghua Art Centre.

Julie Cook, a senior lecturer in photography, is an award-winning photographer in her own right for her exploration of sexuality, voyeurism and the desire for fantasy and escape in Western Culture.

William Bishop-Stephens, programme leader for Animation and Illustration, had the honour of being invited to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Utah, where his animated work, ‘Two Films About Loneliness’, was screened in the short film category.
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