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Flexibility, professionalism and artistic rigour

School of Arts and Digital Industries

Media and Screen


Welcome The School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London (UEL) is a forward thinking school in the thriving artistic, cultural hot bed of east London. The school has a great breadth of academic activity from a wide variety of disciplines which will provide a unique flavour to your experience at UEL. Our academic staff create a diverse and innovative learning environment that will not only challenge you, but also expose you to a rich mix of culture and knowledge. The school is supported by excellent technical and administrative support staff and courses are taught in purpose-built facilities to ensure you have a full suite of resources available to you throughout your study. The school is committed to maintaining high standards in all areas. We have excellent engagement with industry, and cultural and community organisations across London and beyond. You will be able to develop your creative skills, collaborate across disciplines, have access to exciting projects and work placements and complete a qualification that will offer you great employment opportunities for the future.

Simon Robertshaw Dean of the School of Arts and Digital Industries


Media and Sc Media and screen courses are taught by active researchers and professional practitioners. The courses are structured to provide a supportive environment that encourages students to challenge preconceptions and to experiment with ideas. Courses cover a range of theoretical debates and offer professionally informed practical elements, with excellent opportunities for placements and work experience. Students are supported by our wide range of resources, which include video studios, the games production studio, the moving image studio and a range of edit suites and computing facilities. Students are also able to work with our partners and gain professional expertise in their chosen discipline. Our research in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies received outstanding marks in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national evaluation of higher education research. 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’. We are ranked in the top 40 on the Guardian league tables.

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Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate media and screen courses at the University of East London are enriched by international networks and industry collaborations, allowing you to develop your passion and skills and prepare you for your career.

Media and Screen degrees with foundation years

BA (Hons) Media & Communication UCAS code: P300 / Points: 280

Extended degrees offer an alternative route into higher education for students who do not have the traditional qualifications to start an undergraduate degree, but who wish to progress onto study at BA level in visually creative areas. These include media and communication, computer games design (story development), computer games development and digital media design.

The Media and Communication course offers a fresh and innovative diet of study, in which you will be introduced to a set of debates concerning media influence and ownership that will provide the context for media production.

The course offers you broad experience across this range of creative disciplines, and combines the ambitions of a foundation course with the opportunity to progress directly onto Level 1 of a Bachelor’s degree following successful completion of the level-0 year. Courses are taught by practicing artists, designers and architects who are abreast of contemporary developments in their fields. The dedicated Extended Degrees Studio is located in the AVA (Architecture and the Visual Arts) Building, which also houses the BA courses and a full range of workshops that are available to Extended Degree students.

Offering specialist areas of study in television, radio, film, music, publishing, marketing communications, social media and convergent digital media, the course will enable you to consider media and communication in relation to the broader themes of culture, creative work and the imaginative life of society. You will develop key skills valued by employers in the media and creative industries, which are suitable for a wide range of graduate jobs. Led by active, published researchers and media producers. With foundation year: UCAS code: P301 / Points 160

BA (Hons) Computer Games Design (Story Development) UCAS code: GWLF / Points: 280 The BA (Hons) Computer Games Design (Story Development) course

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focuses on designing games and developing gameplay with an emphasis on the role of story and narrative design. You develop a range of skills, including level design, 2D/3D graphic asset production, gameplay programming, paper and electronic prototyping, visual design and plot and character development. The course allows you to develop creative writing skills with a focus on how these relate to game design. At every level you will work on group projects in multidisciplinary teams to design and develop games. With foundation year: UCAS code: G610 / Points 160

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development UCAS code: G453 / Points: 280 The BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development course enables you to develop your talents in software design and programming skills for the growing games industry. You will get the opportunity to study games development processes along with theories underpinning the design and development of computer games, with a focus on designing and implementing gameplay with various development tools.

You will develop a range of skills, including: 2D/3D graphic asset production, programming in several industry-standard languages and game engines, multidisciplinary teamwork, and paper and electronic prototyping. At every level you will work on group projects in multidisciplinary teams to design and develop games. With foundation year: UCAS code: G455 / Points: 160

BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design UCAS code: WG2K / Points: 280 BSc (Hons) Digital Media Design at UEL offers an exciting opportunity to engage with concepts and practices across a range of platforms, including web-based media, mobile applications, location-based media and emerging digital technologies. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, including creative design, interaction design, multimedia production, and app development, as well as understanding the user experience (UX). We have a dedicated UX lab in which you can test user experiences employing our innovative techniques. You also work with real clients to produce

cutting-edge interactive and multimedia experiences. With foundation year: UCAS code: WG2L / Points: 160

BA (Hons) Film UCAS code: W620 / Points: 280 BA (Hons) Film at UEL offers an original combination of moving image production and film studies, where filmmaking is theoretically engaged and theory informs creativity. You study the character and conditions of cinema and film, locating the significance of motion pictures in the long view of their historical development. You have the opportunity to develop the craft skills of cinematic production through modules focused on documentary, fiction, screenwriting and avant-garde filmmaking. The moving image studio and media production service support you through workshops and skills development and you have access to bespoke, cutting edge facilities. With foundation year: UCAS code: W622 / Points 160


Postgraduate courses MA Filmmaking Learn from leading filmmakers in world-class facilities and you could soon be following in the footsteps of UEL alumni who are enjoying successful careers in the worlds of film production and exhibition, artists’ moving image and academic film studies. Enhance your career with industry led Master’s courses at the University of East London. Our Master’s courses are enriched by international networks and industry collaborations.

Our innovative MA Filmmaking course, believes its biggest strength is its diversity. With a combination of theory and practice, you’ll learn about documentary, fiction, artists’ film and multichannel installation and you’ll explore your own creative voice by completing five or more projects, culminating in a substantial thesis film. You’ll be based in the moving image studio, our flagship research and production centre, where you’ll develop your understanding of the intricate processes of moving image production through the teaching of practising filmmakers and video artists, some of whom are world-renowned in their field.

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As well as our own academic team, you’ll gain valuable insights from visiting filmmakers and artists. Recently, we’ve welcomed Peter Strickland, the Berlin Festival Golden Bear-winning director, and Leonie Benesch, star of the Palme d’Or-winning film The White Ribbon.


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Resources and facilities Access to resources including:

As a media and screen studies student at UEL you will have access to a huge range of resources.

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Multimedia production services Moving image studios Radio studios Game production studios Photographic studios Darkrooms and digital darkrooms Audio and video editing suites Printmaking workshops Mac and PC studios User experience lab


Events and competitions ADI Summer Showcase The end of each academic year culminates in the ADI Summer Showcase, in which students exhibit their year’s work and showcase their achievements. The event is attended by industry, partners and potential employers and is a celebration of student talent.

Creative Competitions Across the year you have the opportunity to display your talents in creative competitions in which teams develop media outputs, often competing with teams from other universities. The final results are often judged by industry professionals, who offer internships and prizes for the winners.

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10 reasons you’ll be glad you came to UEL

19,000 current students from 120 different nationalities. The best years of your life, at university you’ll meet people of all ages and from all backgrounds, making friends that will last a lifetime.

3,850 free Samsung tablets given to new undergraduate students in 2014. Letting you learn more flexibly, you will receive a free tablet pre-loaded with your core e-textbooks.

£2m worth of scholarships and bursaries awarded each year. You will benefit from our generous financial support for students.

26 sports clubs and over 60 societies. You’ll have fun with plenty of time to pursue your passions outside of formal learning whether they are for a subject, a hobby or cause.

5 dedicated funding schemes to help you develop personally and professionally. Through our Going Global, Global Scholars, London Scholars, Civic Engagement Fund and Civic Engagement Scholarship, you’ll have opportunities to broaden your horizons by travelling abroad as part of your course or by bidding for funding to undertake community or studyrelated projects at home or overseas.

17% of our research rated world leading, the highest possible ranking, and a further 45% internationally excellent. You will be inspired by academic staff who are passionate about their subjects and learning more through ground-breaking research they will share with you.

10 top skills employers want. You’ll develop the leadership and professional skills to give you the edge in the job market - verbal communication, teamwork, commercial awareness, research and analysis, initiative/self motivation, drive, written communication, planning and organisation, flexibility and time management

84% of our students feel their course has developed them personally. You’ll have your mind stretched, your eyes opened and we’ll help you redefine your limits.

87% of our graduates in work or further study after six months. You’ll gain an academic qualification that will help you find the rewarding career you’ve dreamed about – both in terms of fulfilment and earning power.

70,000 alumni. You’ll gain lifelong membership of a global community of alumni across the globe.


How to apply Undergraduate applications All applications for full-time undergraduate courses starting in September are made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS). UCAS offers a secure, web-based application system which allows you to track your application. To register for UCAS, please go to www.ucas.com and follow the step-by-step guide. You will need the University of East London institution code which is E28.

Postgraduate applications Visit uel.ac.uk and search for the course you wish to apply for. Use the How to Apply section to apply directly using UEL’s secure online form.

Applicant Enquiries Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 3333  /  Email: study@uel.ac.uk

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