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Media and Journalism

Where great stories are told

  • Well connected

    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.
  • We're making a mark

    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. 
  • Renowned academics

    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. 

About us

From television and film to audio and mobile communication, modern life is being reshaped by the media and communication environment. At UEL, our courses offer the perfect mix of practice and theory, propelling you towards a rewarding future in the creative industries.

You’ll have the exciting opportunity to learn practical skills while taking advantage of our unrivalled facilities, including a dedicated film production studio and edit suites and UEL’s unique Writing Centre - which presents a lively programme of events including readings by visiting authors.

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.

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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
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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 7 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 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 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

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.


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.

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What we're researching

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 7 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’. 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 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. 


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 also 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 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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