School for the Creative and Cultural Industries


About the School for the Creative and Cultural Industries

At UCL we know that the arts, humanities and social sciences have a crucial role to play in society: bringing creative thinking and critical engagement with our past and present, as well as giving us a wide range of techniques for understanding and describing the world.

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The School for the Creative and Cultural Industries (SCCI) brings together three UCL faculties: UCL Social & Historical Sciences, UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and UCL's Faculty of Education and Society (The IOE) linking teaching and research across arts, humanities, and social sciences, fostering new research partnerships and new forms of innovative engagement with industry and the community.

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



Our new facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will enable cutting-edge research, learning and public engagement focused on art, technology, culture, media, technology, history and heritage, forging links between academics, 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, Director of the School for Creative and Cultural Industries

Meet the SCCI team

Space to explore, learn and create

Our brand-new facilities at UCL’s newest campus, UCL East, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will include media production studios, art conservation labs, new spaces for curating collections and learning from objects, specialist archival and recording technology to support oral history projects, and new forms of digital archiving, as well as a 160-seater surround-sound cinema with Digital Cinematic Projection. These spaces will be publicly accessible and will offer new forms of engagement with both industry and community partners. 

UCL East

UCL East is a new campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in east London, opening in Autumn 2022. The site will give UCL the extra teaching, learning and research space needed to find solutions to the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.  

Students on different courses will study together in accessible, state-of-the-art facilities with shared labs and workshop spaces open to all. The site will encourage collaboration across different disciplines, with hands on teaching and learning, bringing diverse talents and minds together to make an impact in the world.

Degree programmes, short courses and events

The School for Creative and Cultural Industries will connect undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and short courses from its faculties, connect 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 engage with 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 will work to enhance accessibility, and inclusion across all of our programmes, working to increase cultural representation and diversity across the field.

Making 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.