In RAE 2008, 100% of its research was rated as of international standing, with 75% of this as "world leading" or of "international excellence", placing CREAM as the top art and design department in London, and in the top six in the UK, according to Times Higher Education and Guardian league tables.
The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) has a portfolio of research across the disciplines of ceramics, visual arts, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion. CREAM runs a lively programme of seminars and visiting speakers, and has organised ground-breaking conferences and symposia in collaboration with other institutions.. CREAM has been a key participant in debates on practice-based research in audio-visual media and was a founding member of the AHRC-funded initiative, AVPhD.
Researchers at the Centre have exhibited and curated work at a variety of national and international venues: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Compton Verney, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the World Ceramic Exposition in Korea, Chicagos Museum of Photography, and many other places. CREAM artists also exhibit their work at P3, the university’s new gallery at the Marylebone Campus, and at London Gallery West on the Harrow Campus. CREAM researchers have published widely with many of the world’s top arts publishing houses as well as contributing regularly to key journals in their fields.
The Centre has hosted several large AHRC projects. These include the documentary film project Genre and Genocide; a major archive and research project, Arts on Film, in conjunction with Arts Council England; and (Tom’s) in conjunction with the British Antarctic Survey at University of Cambridge. CREAM currently runs two major AHRC-funded research projects: Screenplays on the history of theatre productions on British television and Behind the Scenes on ceramics in the museum. Many individual members have won funding from AHRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, Arts Council England and other peer-reviewed funding bodies to support their work and periods of research leave. Artists and designers have also won substantial commercial sponsorship for their projects and are involved in a range of knowledge transfer initiatives.
Art and design is a substantial part of research, teaching and learning at the University of Westminster. It was the first higher education institution to establish an undergraduate degree in photography and a postgraduate degree in film.
The Harrow campus has a long and distinguished history of specialist teaching in photography, film, ceramics and visual arts and design.
CREAM comprises five main groupings: experimental media, film, music, photography and visual and ceramic arts. However, a number of researchers work across these fields with projects such as the documentary filming of artists work; ceramics as installation practice; exploration of the overlaps between photography and the moving image; South Asian experimental media; arts and science; computing and generative music.