College of Culture and The Creative Industries

College of Culture and the Creative Industries 

The vision of the College of Culture and the Creative Industries is to be the number one destination for the study of the creative industries, humanities and social sciences subjects, based on our partnerships with employers, our enriching global opportunities and our philosophy of enhancing learning experiences through cross-college collaboration and challenge. We aim to produce creative, reflective, work-ready graduates who benefit from our enviable links with industry and world-leading research-informed teaching.

The College comprises four schools, approximately 6,500 students and 350 members of staff, and operates on a global stage, with numerous long-standing partnerships across the UK and around the world. We offer a wide range of courses in subjects such as architecture, art, design, fashion, media, performance, journalism, modern languages, history, philosophy and politics, amongst others. This broad portfolio establishes the College as one of the largest of its kind in Europe and provides tremendous opportunities for students to learn and develop a deeper understanding about their subject by collaborating with others across the College, including with academic staff, who are all specialists in their chosen fields. 

The College is host to a JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) - one of only three in the country. Six of the courses in the School hold professional accreditation by the JAMES organisation, whose principal function is course accreditation for UK and international work in the creative industries. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Find out more information at the JAMES official website.

Find out more about the College below and learn more about the four schools within the College or contact us to arrange a conversation or a visit. We’d love to hear from you!

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace.

According to the Report: The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Contact us

College of Culture and the Creative Industries
University of Central Lancashire

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 201 201



Key personnel within the College

Executive Dean: Dr Andrew Ireland
Director of Academic Development: Mick Gornall
Director of Research and Innovation: Professor Paul Egglestone
Director of Business Development: Isabel Donnelly  

Heads of Schools

Head of the School of Art, Design and Fashion: Maria Murray
Head of the School of Film, Media and Performance: John Holloway
Head of the School of Journalism, Language and Communication: Dr Paul Elmer
Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr Andrew Churchill

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The College undertakes ground-breaking and thought-provoking research, providing a foundation to increase understanding and engagement across diverse cultures. Understanding culture and communication is becoming more important as we are increasingly living in, and operating across, diverse communities. Our research contributes to this in areas such as sign language linguistics, art and design as a tool for change, language usage within cultural, social, political, institutional and forensic contexts, real-world philosophy; digital media and the digital economy; modern history eg labour history and labour identities and their relevance to the modern world.

Our research themes include: art and design; journalism, media theory and practice; language, linguistics, culture and society; modern languages and cultures; philosophy; and history.

Student and Graduate Success

Student and graduate success 

We are proud of the fantastic achievements of both our current students, who excel in many areas of University life and beyond, and those of our graduates, who go on to high flying careers in a wide variety of industries and sectors.



The College welcomes students from around the world and enjoys a highly stimulating and welcoming culture. Our students also have a wealth of opportunities for international study and work experience in the UK, Europe and around the world.



We enjoy close and collaborative partnerships with a wide variety of organisations, from both the private and public sector, which enrich the learning and research environments, and offer an extensive range of work experience opportunities and graduate roles for our students.

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