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UCL’s School for the Creative and Cultural Industries will support and develop the next generation of practitioners to work across the cultural and creative sectors, or in any environment in which creativity and critical thinking are valued. Linking teaching and research across arts, humanities, and social sciences focused on technology, media, history, heritage, art and creativity the School will foster new research partnerships, and new forms of innovative engagement with industry partners, cultural institutions and communities.

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The creative and cultural industries are the UK’s fastest growing sector and a major contributor to the economy. UCL’s new School for Creative and Cultural Industries will support and develop the next generation of practitioners to work across the cultural and creative sectors, and more widely in careers where creativity and critical thinking are valued.

With a series of innovative new spaces for teaching and research at UCL East, the School for Creative and Cultural Industries will support a range of exciting new practice-based degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Across our new UCL East facilities research, learning and public engagement around issues of representation, art, culture, media, technology, history and heritage are interconnected, building links between academic subjects of study, local communities and creative and cultural practitioners.

Our programmes will support and develop the next generation of critically engaged practitioners and scholars to work in academia, across the cultural and creative sectors, and anywhere where creative and critical thinking are valued." 

– Professor Haidy Geismar, Academic Lead for the School for Creative and Cultural Industries

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Space to explore, learn and create

Our brand-new facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park School will include a 160-seater surround-sound cinema with Digital Cinematic Projection, 16mm and 35mm projectors, media and art conservation labs, a new space for curating collections and learning from objects, and specialist archival and recording technology to support oral history projects and new forms of digital archiving. All of these spaces will be publicly accessible and will offer new forms of engagement with both industry and community partners. 

Degree programmes, short courses and events

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The School will connect degrees, short courses, researchers and curate public events focused on art and technology, creative practice, media and film, conservation, heritage and public history, and creative entrepreneurship. We will enable connectivity to community partners, creative practitioners and organisations across the creative and cultural sector. 

UCL has made a foundational commitment to widen participation in our degree programmes, and extend our skills and expertise to become a community resource for individuals and organisations locally. The School for Creative and Cultural Industries will work to enhance accessibility, and inclusion across all of our programmes, working to increase cultural representation and diversity across the field.

The school will make academic excellence a community resource.

At the heart of the School is a vision of UCL East as a site where research, learning, public engagement and enterprise around issues of culture are interconnected, building links between academic disciplines and modes of enquiry and creativity that can be extended into many different forms of practice.