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Art and 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 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.

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.

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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 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.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day or take a virtual tour. 

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.

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 and 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.

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.

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.

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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