About us

Our courses are taught by internationally renowned academics and expert professional practitioners who have made an impact in the world of film, television, writing and reporting, We have superb industry connections, from top news organisations to film production companies. 

Our students have had work placements at newspapers such as the Daily Mail and The Times, while others have had the chance to work at Pride magazine, Time Warner, The Voice and the Financial Times, as well as television, postproduction and PR agencies.

Why choose us?

    Take advantage of our excellent opportunities for placements and work experience and make the best of our close links with major companies such as the BBC.

    Join the long list of our students who have gone on to make an impact in the world of media and screen, like journalism graduate Sam Wostear, who works for Britain's best-selling daily newspaper The Sun. 

    Learn from leading figures in the creative industries, from film makers to media executives, supported by exceptional facilities such as our moving image studio and Emotion UX Lab. 

    What we're researching

      47%

      Classified as 'internationally excellent'

      33%

      Received the highest possible rating - 'world-leading'

      Our research in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies received outstanding marks in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework - the last national evaluation of higher education research, which takes place every seven years. 

      An impressive 47 per cent of our work was classified as 'internationally excellent' while a further 33 per cent received the highest possible rating - 'world-leading'. 

      Cultural Engines Research group

      Among our highly respected researchers is Dr Tony Sampson, Reader in digital media cultures and communication who, together with other colleagues, founded the successful Cultural Engines Research group.

      Through community-focused outreach events, they have brought different sectors together to bring about change and address local issues such as regeneration and local community wealth building, food cultures and youth safety. 

      Our Moving Image Studio

      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, Professor Valentina Vitali, Director of the Moving Image Studio, has published one of the first academic publications to document the Hindi film industry, a hitherto neglected area of film scholarship. 

      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

      Our facilities

      Take advantage of UEL's enviable facilities, such as film, video and games production studios, Mac labs and edit suites. You'll be given a complete grounding in your specialist areas thanks to our on-site production resources that give you excellent exposure to the equipment that will be part of your day-to-day life once you start your career.

        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 you to scan, proof and finalise your work for output onto DVD or a range of printers up to A0 format
        • PC and 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.

        The Equipment Store facilitates the booking of rooms and facilities as well as hiring of equipment for ACI 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). For Games, students can hire gaming laptops, usability equipment, heart rate monitors, eye tracking hardware and cameras. 
         
        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. 

        Game Studios 
         
        Our game studios are used by our students across all years and are equipped with the latest games industry standard software, allowing our students to learn within a simulated studio environment. Our students have access to software such as:

        • Visual Studio
        • Unity
        • Unreal
        • Autodesk - 3D Studio Max, Mudbox
        • Adobe Creative Suite - Photoshop
        • Final Draft
        • Twine

        This software is running on powerful gaming machines with RTX graphic cards thus allowing our students to go from rapid prototyping to fully polished games. The space is also equipped with dual monitors. Within this space we also facilitate analogue gaming, we have a wide range of board games that allow our students to explore different design approaches that could be applied to their digital games. 
         
        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 and 4 Guest position with Talkback in the talks area, Monitoring by Tannoy Reveal and Apple iMac for programme streaming. 

        Recording studios

        In addition to the studios below, students also enjoy access to seven practice rooms and an equipment store with a large array of musical instruments and recording equipment for hire. 

        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, Ableton 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.

        Control Room B houses our advanced Pro Tools Suite: Apple Mac Pro with Avid Pro Tools|HDX 10, Logic Studio 2, Ableton Suite 8 and Waves Diamond Plugins, Native Instruments Machine 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.

        Multi-purpose studios

        The School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) Dance, Music and Theatre facilities are located in the  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 is a place for ACI 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

        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 woodworking 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.

        Careers

        Media and Journalism are, of course, competitive worlds to enter. You'll have a head start at UEL, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for. They will support you with activities such as skills workshops and industry visits that focus on entrepreneurship and employability. 

        Our students have gone on to jobs in television, film, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations as well as careers in games design and production. The skills and knowledge we build have enabled some students to become successful freelancers or set up their own businesses.

        One of our graduates went on to become an editor of The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper. Another of our alumni became the editor of The Irish Post within three years of graduating. Other graduates have gone on to pursue work at ITN, and to write for major TV soap operas - including EastEnders. Others have chosen to continue their studies, taking an MA in Filmmaking or a PhD in Games Design. 

        At UEL, you'll have access to:

        • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
        • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests.
        • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
        • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
        • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
        • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
        • Support with setting up your own business.

        Our location in one of Europe's largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

        Work placements

        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.

        You can follow our students who have gone on to succeed in the arts world in diverse roles such as choreographers, actors, dancers, composers, sound artists, songwriters, arts education officers, event organisers, teachers and community artists.

        Current partner links

        Creative Access 

        is working to change the face of the creative industries with the single purpose of providing young BAME people paid training opportunities in creative companies and supporting them into full time employment.

        Brolly Productions
        As a BME led company we aim to engage new and diverse audiences; especially among those who may not have attended an arts
        event before. We believe that both the stage and the company should reflect the diversity of our audience.

        Blue Skies
        Blue Sky Actors are Stratford Circus Art Centre's resident theatre company for actors with learning disabilities and difficulties.

        Speech Bubbles: London Bubble
        Supporting children to develop communication, confidence and wellbeing

        Stratford Circus
        Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a vibrant place to create and experience art through world-class theatre, dance, music and circus and
        visual exhibitions and we present work for families, young people and adults. We support national, international and East London artists to create new work that is relevant to local people, connecting artists and audiences to help them find authentic voices.

        Clean Break
        A women's theatre company changing lives and changing minds - on stage, in prison and in the community.

        School 21
        We are a new, state-funded, mixed, 4 to 18 school set up to prepare all our children for success in the 21st century.

        Haringey Shed
        Haringey Shed is an inclusive theatre and performing arts company for children and young people. We provide a range of term time after school activities and holiday programmes as well as outreach work in the community, working in local schools, nurseries and community centres.

        Hackney Children's Theatre
        Hackney Children's Theatre is east London's newest project presenting theatre for children.

        Tricycle Theatre
        The Tricycle views the world through a variety of lenses, bringing unheard voices into the mainstream. It presents high quality and innovative work, which provokes debate and emotionally engages. Located in Brent, the most diverse borough in London, the Tricycle is a local venue with an international vision.

        LADA (Live Arts Dev Agency)
        Established in 1999, the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is the world's leading organisation for Live Art, producing specialised projects, opportunities, resources and publications for those who make, watch, research, study, teach, produce, present, write about and archive Live Art, and creating conditions in which diversity, innovation and risk in contemporary culture can thrive.

        LIFT
        Since 1981 LIFT has been pioneering new forms of theatre, presenting spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of the capital. A year-round programme culminates in the world-renowned biennial festival that transforms the city into a stage.

        Bobby Baker & Daily Life Ltd. 
        Daily Life Ltd creates powerful art that changes the way people think about mental health.

        Lewisham Youth Theatre
        Lewisham Youth Theatre delivers participatory drama and performance projects with young people aged 3-24 who live or learn in Lewisham, with the aim that everyone who takes part will gains increased wellbeing and life chances. We believe that participation in theatre leads to the development and empowerment of young people. We commit to ensuring that this opportunity is available to all young people in Lewisham and that no-one should be excluded because of economic or social background.

        Access All Areas
        Award-winning, urban, disruptive performance by artists with learning disabilities and/or autism

        Half Moon Young People's Theatre
        Celebrating the very best of children's theatre and work for young audiences at our Limehouse venue.

        Croydonites Festival of New Theatre
        Croydonites is a festival of contemporary theatre and performance from artists based in Croydon and around the UK.

        Boundless Theatre
        Boundless Theatre Company is a designer led organisation that believes that theatre needs to be inquisitive and innovative. We represent the diversity of our community by collaborating with multi-ethnic and multilingual artists from all over the world. We are committed to creating productions of new and existing work that pushes the boundaries of cultural conception by reinventing stories, and by the creation of imaginative, visually mesmerising theatre.


        Magic Me
        Magic Me is an arts charity that brings the generations together to build a stronger, safer community. Our projects often link unlikely partners. Young people aged 8+ and adults aged 60+ team up through shared, creative activity. Intergenerational groups meet on a weekly basis in schools, museums, older peoples clubs, care homes, community and cultural organisations. Projects are led by our team of freelance creative artists: musicians, dancers, photographers, printmakers, writers and drama specialists. They design activities to stimulate conversation and an exchange of ideas. Participants are often diverse in culture and faith as well as age group.


        M-Set
        Our multi sensory process of working creatively should be of value in itself. Using a full range of technical resources including lighting, sound and special effects the children will be encouraged to get involved with all aspects of the workshop. They will touch, move, listen, play and create, gradually converting their workspace into an imaginary environment.

        The Challenge
        We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.

        Unicorn Theatre
        The Unicorn is the UK's leading professional theatre for young audiences, dedicated to inspiring and invigorating young people of all ages, perspectives and abilities, and empowering them to explore the world – on their own terms - through theatre.

        Young Vic
        At the Young Vic we tell stories that change the way people look at the world. Our shows are created by some of the world's great artists - of this generation and the next. With roots deep in our neighbourhoods, we reach out to theatre makers across the globe. We have the most diverse and engaged audience in London, enjoying work of the highest quality at low prices. In our award-winning super-flexible theatre, you'll never feel you're in the same place twice.

        PAL
        PAL (Participatory Arts London): a collective voice for people that design, produce and facilitate participatory arts in London. Reflecting on our practice; pursuing peer-to-peer learning.

        Mousetrap Theatre Projects
        Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theatre into the lives of young people.

        Gendered Intelligence
        Our mission is to increase understandings of gender diversity through creative ways.
        Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.
        We work predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

        Our staff

        Find out more about our staff by visiting our School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI) page.

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        Career coach

        Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to.

        It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector.

        You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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        Undergraduate courses

        BA (Hons) Advertising

        Learn all about the advertising industry: what it does, how it works and how it's changing in relation to the world that it shapes and that helps shape it.

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        BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation

        BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation will give you the opportunity to develop a practice which blurs the line between animation and illustration, something that has become more common in industry, and gain skills in both Animation and Illustration.

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        BSc (Hons) Computer Game Development

        This is your chance to convert your passion for playing games into knowledge about how to create and design them.

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        BA (Hons) Computer Game Design: Story Development

        Whether it's the fun of Super Mario or the horror of Resident Evil that consumes you, this is your chance to convert your passion for playing games into knowledge about how to create and design them.

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        BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing

        At UEL, we're building a community of writers and artists with something to say about themselves, and about the world. Join us on the creative and professional writing course to be part of this innovative work.

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        BA (Hons) Creative Writing for Screen

        Prepare to enter a world without limits, where the power of words and the potential of your imagination combine.

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        BA (Hons) Film

        We combine theory and practice, teaching you not just how to make films and videos but throwing you into every aspect of the film world, from screenwriting to cinema history.

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        BA (Hons) Journalism

        Get a practical grounding in print, radio, photo and online journalism and learn how to produce authoritative, incisive and imaginative work.

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        BA (Hons) Media and Communication

        This course looks at the media's increasing reach and influence, providing you with the knowledge and skills to make sense of this dramatically and swiftly changing sector.

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        BA (Hons) Media and Immersive Production

        This course will enable you to pursue a range of careers in the creative industries where current and emerging technologies and design concepts are used in the production of innovative, immersive user experiences.

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        BA (Hons) Media Production

        Media Production at UEL combines advanced technical knowledge with the opportunity to collaborate with local partners.

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        BA (Hons) Music Journalism

        Learn music journalism by doing it, as a reporter and editor working for UEL Journalism’s publications and for external clients.

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        BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

        Our course offers an exciting but practical, hands-on approach to learning how to report on sport. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll be fully trained as a multi-platform journalist, ready to write for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the internet and mobile apps.

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        Postgraduate courses

        MA Filmmaking

        Our innovative and strikingly diverse course will equip you to integrate the theory and practice of film, video and new screen media at an advanced level.

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        MA Media and Communication Industries

        Explore media and marketing communications industries from political-economic aspects to the creation of media practitioners and users.

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