Middlesex UniversityBy Asian Correspondent Oct 20, 2011 5:49PM UTC
Outstanding academic credentials, a wide range of courses and excellent facilities greet students who choose Middlesex University to study the creative industries. Located in London, the university delivers quality education in the field of fine arts and design. With its history dating back to the 1880s, it forms a part of the post-1992 universities and is a part of the Million+ Group.
From fine arts and graphic design to photography and 3D animation, Middlesex University offers students hundreds of course choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level that allow them to explore their creative potential.
As an innovative centre of higher education that brings out the best in its students, Middlesex University’s School of Arts and Education is the focal point for some of the most creative brains in the UK. The faculty is made up of leading creative industries professionals and academics, and the university’s curriculum offers the most interesting ways to learn all things creative. An industry focus to prepare job-ready students fuels the university’s determination to mould its students as per industry trends. Not only can students learn dance, creative writing, performing arts, and media and communication, the innovative approach of the university keeps interest levels high.
For those interested in pursuing further studies, there are research options available in the fields of electronic arts, decorative arts, fashion, theatre, textiles, architectural design, visual arts and more.
The university has spent more than £180 million in recent years building state-of-the-art facilities for its students. These include the sparkling new Art, Design and Media Arts Building, The Grove, which was inaugurated this September and cost £80 million to build.
The university’s head of Art and Design, Phil Healey, says: “Our students and staff are excited about the opportunities for creativity provided by our amazing new home and its facilities. We designed The Grove to provide an inspirational environment and give our students the best possible start to their careers at the heart of the creative industries. Whether students go on to be self-employed entrepreneurs or work for large companies, they will have the advantage of cutting edge experience using truly professional facilities.”
The Hendon-based building will have the capacity for 3,000 students and will have some of the best-equipped digital darkrooms in the UK, as well as two hi-tech TV production studios. The Grove’s huge atrium will be used to display the works by the students and will be used as a venue for events, exhibitions, art shows and fashion shows.
Enthusiastic about the prospects and scope of this facility to develop the creativity of Middlesex University students, Phil Healy said: “We see our role as helping students to develop their own individual creative voice, providing them with the skills and knowledge that will drive the UK’s £60bn creative industries well into the future.”
New BA Photography student Lauren Becki Rowlands says: “It’s brilliant as far as photography is concerned, having a colour darkroom as well as film, that’s something I’m excited about being able to use. The studios and even the base rooms have coves that can be used as studios so there is plenty of space. Photography is a lot about the equipment and facilities you have and without them it’s difficult. These facilities will make it a lot cheaper for students as we don’t have to go outside to get our work processed.”
The university was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its substantial contribution to international education. It has undertaken international partnerships with celebrated institutions such as A. R. Rahman’s K.M. Music Conservatory in Chennai. The university has international campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. It has regional offices in Africa, East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South Asia.
Middlesex University’s main campus in London offers exciting choices to students in terms of recreation, facilities and support services. Not only will a world-class faculty and a global student population offer the perfect environment to meet interesting people from all over the world, but encourage students to discover more about the world. The campus is abuzz with activities, seminars, lectures, sports activities, competitions and social events to keep students engaged. There are many forums, clubs, societies, groups and unions that students can join.
The campus has all the luxuries that you would expect from a top university – gym, football fields, internet access, tennis courts and bars. Central London is just a stone’s throw away and can be accessed via Tube or bus, giving creative students the perfect opportunity to explore some of the world’s best art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Campus accommodation takes good care of students and the university offers self-catering housing with a capacity for 1,200 students across six halls of residence. First-year students are guaranteed a place in one of the halls of residence provided they apply in time. The university also helps students find a place to live outside campus if they so desire. The campus is safe and offers good internet connectivity.
Understanding the need of those students who are living away from home or have arrived from another country for the first time, the university offers support services to guide students on everything from settling in to working while studying.