Newcastle University

Newcastle University
Academic Partner

Culture Lab is the focal point for creative practice at Newcastle University, supporting the work of researchers and students involved in high level, experimental and multi-disciplinary creative arts and interactive technology projects in a world class, cutting edge environment. Our facilities include professional audio and video production studios, high definition cinema projection, motion capture systems, and digital prototyping machinery. We encourage forms of self-sufficiency amongst researchers and students alike through direct engagement with acts of making and creating.

Research carried out at Culture Lab is interdisciplinary and practice-led. Artists work alongside engineers and social scientists in large open plan spaces that encourage exchange of ideas and collaboration. Theory informs practice, which in turn drives research. The outputs of our research, then, are as much books as they are artworks as prototypes, products, and spin out companies. Our research community consists of leading academics, post-doctoral fellows, and PhD candidates. Their work is funded by research councils, sponsored by industry, and seed-funded by university and regional strategic initiatives.

MRes Digital Media
Culture Lab hosts a range of teaching that benefits from our world class, purpose built facilities. The Master of Research (MRes) in Digital Media is the first post-graduate programme that was designed from the ground up to fully take advantage of Culture Lab to support student projects in interactive media arts. Students benefit from spaces designed specifically for making, for reflecting, and for sharing.The programme is a flexible, creative course in the latest interactive technologies, new media theory, and exploratory media art practice. The course facilitates critical thinking and advanced technology-based production for nationally and internationally recognised art and design works.

The main features of the course:
• Practice-based, project-led course on creative practice in digital art and design
• Transdisciplinary, research-driven programme with a focus on innovation and creativity
• The course facilitates skills in creative digital techniques
• International team of cutting edge artists and researchers
• The course takes place in Culture lab, a world class digital media hub with advanced facilities
• Being part of a hotbed of regional and global activities in the creative industries and cultural sector