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School for the Creative and Cultural Industries

The School for the Creative and Cultural Industries draws together research, learning, public engagement and enterprise focused on art and technology, media, history, heritage and cultural production.

The creative and cultural industries are the UK’s fastest growing industrial sector and a major contributor to economies globally. 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 for careers where creativity and critical thinking are valued.

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 specialist archival and recording technology to support oral history projects. 

Our spaces will be creative and collaborative gathering places for students, academics, professionals and activists with a common passion for shared exploration, a belief in the power of creative practice and the importance of role of heritage and public history in creating new futures.  

Degree programmes, short courses and events

The School will offer degrees, short courses and public events focused on art and technology, creative practice, media and film, conservation, heritage and public history, and creative entrepreneurship. We will work with community partners, creative practitioners and organisations across the creative and cultural sector. 

We have 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. 

Key information

UCL faculties: a four-faculty collaboration between Arts and Humanities; Social and Historical Sciences; Institute of Education
Academic lead: Professor Haidy Geismar
Buildings: Pool Street West and Marshgate
Focus areas: Media; culture; conservation; creative and collaborative entrepreneurship art; heritage and history

New facilities 

The School for the Creative and Cultural Industries at UCL East will comprise six new creative spaces:

The Culture Lab: Object Learning Studio and Exhibition Space 

A new exhibition, performance and immersive learning space where students and the public can co-curate new exhibitions working with artefacts to explore and communicate contemporary global challenges such as climate change, migration and inequality.

Urban Room and Memory Workshop

Exploring the impact of industry, globalisation and gentrification on the six Olympic Park boroughs and their people, the Urban Room will be a practice-based space dedicated to debate and engagement around key questions of future living in relation to urbanism. 

The Memory Workshop aims to be an internationally recognized centre for public-facing history teaching and research, and will also be point of access to UCL’s Special Collections including the social history of London and Survey of London. A place where collaborations with community, national and international partners reinforce the value of public history and new voices are heard and recognized. 

The SLADE Studio

UCL’s world famous Slade School of Art will open a flexible art studio space supporting a new undergraduate degree that focuses on the intersections of art and technology, exploring the power of art thinking to influence a range of creative and technical disciplines, from architecture and design to engineering and computer science.

The Studio will also provide a dedicated resource to support the Slade’s new outreach summer foundation course, helping students to prepare for degrees in art and related subjects and for higher education more generally. 

Conservation Studio

The School’s new Conservation Studio will train the next generation of conservators in the skills necessary to preserve new and future artworks, with a particular focus on the conservation of modern and contemporary art, and media. 

The UCL East Media Studio 

The Future Media Studio will include a range of new production, editing and screening facilities including a DCP screening room and a radio/podcast suite. These will support degree programmes covering creative documentary and fiction filmmaking, games design and AR/VR, as well as immersive sound design and storytelling for podcasts and radio.  

Cinema

Fully equipped, and open to students and the local community, our cinema will give everyone in the area the chance to see great works of cinematic art and to curate their own programmes of film.  

The School for Creative and Cultural Industries will create a home at UCL East for a range of new and exciting practice-based degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

At the heart of the School is a vision of UCL East as a site where research, learning and public engagement around issues of representation, culture 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