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Art and Creative Design

Where art is all around you

  • celebrated academics

    You’ll be taught by major art figures such as sculptor Richard Wilson and Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey.
  • 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. Our photography department also has industry links with Ilford, Canon, Calumet, Metro and Manfrotto.

About us

UEL’s Art and Creative Design courses are growing in reputation. We cover a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. The quality of the artists that we’re helping to shape reflects the enviable standards of teaching offered by our distinguished practitioners and researchers.

The Art and Creative Design shared modules in level 4 and 5 prepare our students for the competitive job market, allowing them to gain essential skills for industry. On any of our courses we cover techniques, processes and practices that allow students to access expanded practices and extended skills.

All courses within the Arts and Creative Design cluster share three things in common, learning by doing, learning by problem solving and learning by exploring; these three are essential when equipping you with the skills for industry.  The Cluster Professional Life (Mental Wealth) skills which are largely employability-focused, will again these will be taught within and alongside studio practice projects in Professional Life modules, delivered to all levels on a same day, allowing lateral teaching between cohorts.

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.

Rather than students dropping off a ‘production line’ we are interested in the individual having a fresh perspective and approach (divergent thinking). Those fresh ideas can be tested, using convergent and critical thinking. It’s this method that the creative industries need its new talent to have to be able to succeed in 4iR and beyond.

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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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Our facilities

The Art and Creative Design subject area brings together a number of disciplines that work collectively within studio based environments. We also have workshops that support your learning by providing specialist training in areas such as casting, welding and metalwork for sculpture and model making, a wood workshop, photographic darkrooms and 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 borrow 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 printing and 3d printing, alongside laser cutters.

Students have access to the University library, which is open 24/7 during term time, and its facilities including computers, photocopiers and printers. Students will also have access to Subject Librarian, whose role is to help students find suitable research materials𠊊nd other resources for use in essays, assignments and projects.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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Research

What we're researching

Our main research activities focus on sculpture and installation, independent artists’ film and video, and visual culture - engaging with cultural politics and identity.

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

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 and the Tate Modern, to China’s Shenghua Art Centre.
 
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.

Careers

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 areas such as choreography, acting, dancing, composing, sound artistry, songwriting, arts education, event organising, teaching, and community arts.

Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

The Cluster Professional Life (Mental Wealth) skills which are largely employability-focused, will again these will be taught within and alongside studio practice projects in Professional Life modules, delivered to all levels on a same day, allowing lateral teaching between cohorts.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • 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. 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.

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!

 

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.

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