Welcome from the Dean

Professor Kerstin Mey

The creative sector, in contrast to other parts of the UK economy, is continuing to enjoy dynamic growth alongside a proliferation of new business models. Creative professionals and entrepreneurs explore the potential of new and emergent technologies to make culture even more intense and engaging.

At present, the creative economy provides jobs for 2.5 million people, a highly skilled and enterprising workforce that has grown four times faster than the UK workforce as a whole.

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster plays a significant role in educating the next generations of journalists, filmmakers and photographers, fashion designers, artists and communicators, through an emphasis on research-informed professional practice. By covering the intersection of media, arts, business and technology through a broad and varied portfolio of taught and research programmes, the School has proven to successfully prepare its graduates to lead and shape the creative sector.

In 2013, the QS Worldwide University Rankings has placed the research and courses in Media, Journalism and Communications at the University of Westminster as the UK number one, the second best in Europe and among the top 20 globally. Fashion Design graduates have their collections snapped up by the commercial sector and secure employment with international leading businesses. Photographers and filmmakers have their work shown in prestigious cultural venues and events. Graphic designers and animators join global players in the film industry.

If you want to give your creative imagination, curiosity, design ambitions and/or entrepreneurial energy focus, we can offer you a vibrant and diverse community of students and alumni, researchers, scholars and creative professionals from across the world to interact with and to learn from. In addition, we have grown an extensive network with the creative industries and fruitful international collaborations in Study Abroad, project work, research and knowledge exchange for the benefit of all our students and our staff.

We can provide you with professional, industry standard production and postproduction facilities in purpose-built studios, workshops and laboratories alongside tailored learning support services on our Harrow Campus. This will give you creative opportunities and experiences that closely match what you can expect to encounter in professional environments.

Harrow Campus has undergone an extensive programme of refurbishment and modernisation over the past years, including the creation of the Forum, a generous and fluid space for informal learning and exchange and interactive presentations and performance, alongside dedicated project spaces and a new state-of-the-art gallery. And more is planned over for the next period to further enhance the learning and teaching facilities of one of Europe’s centres of excellence for higher education in the creative arts.

Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design attaches great importance to the creative business needs of its graduates so that they can succeed in a diversity of professional roles, fields and environments. It supports the development of skills such as cultural translation, pitching, negotiation, teamwork, briefing and social and cultural competencies for global professional contexts. It does this by providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary project work in and beyond the School and University, international exchanges, life projects for industry and businesses and placements.

The knowledge, skills and values attained at the University of Westminster support our graduates who go directly into employment; set up their own business or decide to embark on further postgraduate and doctoral studies.

As a creative powerhouse, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design is propelled by a commitment to an excellent student experience, contemporary pedagogy by a thriving research culture and an engagement in knowledge exchange. It is carried by distinguished teachers, researchers, artists, designers, media and creative professionals. Two centres of recognised international excellence direct the research at MAD:

  • CAMRI (Communication and Media Research), which also acts as an umbrella for the China, Arab, Africa and India Media Centres and the recently established Centre for Social Media Research. Their work explores communication and media in different parts of the world, their governance, policy frameworks, business models, cultural and social agency are informed by new and emerging technologies
  • CREAM (Research and Education in Arts and Media) brings together scholarly and practice-based research initiatives in visual and media arts, design and music, and explores the contribution of these areas to the ‘making’ of knowledge and an understanding of ourselves, each other and the world around us

A defining feature of the School is its critical mass of international PhD students across all areas of research, who are an essential asset for the School’s vitality, excellence and global connectivity and outlook. Our portfolio of advanced research opportunities provides a valuable trajectory for many postgraduates.

So, join us, because, as the inventor of the internet, Sir Tom Berners Lee, said: ‘The future is still so much bigger than the past.’

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Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design is educating for the creative industries.

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Our research is led by two world renowned institutes, CREAM and CAMRI.