Research Centre for Film and Digital Media



We have fantastic facilities for filmmaking, research, teaching and viewing of film and media.

Our researchers and students are blessed with fantastic facilities to use including the editing suites in Culture Lab.

Filmmaking and media equipment

Culture Lab

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences houses Culture Lab, a creative practice hub including:

  • film cameras
  • editing suites
  • motion-capture, animation and sound-mixing technology

Cameras and editing suites are also owned by the School of Modern Languages and the School of English.

The Ballroom

Within Culture Lab, The Ballroom is a performance and event space.

A listed sprung floor make it ideal for energetic and more physically demanding activities.

The sound and HD projection system and ceiling-mounted gantry mean that they can be used for:

  • creative experimentation
  • formal presentations
  • collaborative workshops

Theatre-quality curtains enable adjustments to be made to the acoustics in the space and provide black out for film screenings.

Our researchers and students can indulge in creative practice using the equipment within our Culture Lab.
Culture Lab provides a variety of equipment for creative practice.

Film and media libraries

The Robinson Library (1,000+) and Language Resource Centre (800+) hold film libraries.

We also have a database of Creative Practice. This is where students can display research projects and work on collaborations.

Students and researchers have access to the Northern Region Film and Television Archive.

Newcastle's Discovery Museum is home to the BFI Mediatheque. Here they can access more than 1,800 complete films and TV programmes.


Local cinemas collaborate with the University.

The Tyneside Cinema, dating back to 1937, is Newcastle’s independent cinema. It runs a weekend screening and discussion of a new or classic adaptation, presented by a local expert.

The Star and Shadow screens classics, independent and experimental films.

Side Cinema is an independent 48-seat cinema on Newcastle's Quayside.

The Tyneside Cinema is an independent cinema showing classic and art films as well as mainstream blockbusters.
The Tyneside Cinema is an independent cinema showing classic and art films as well as mainstream blockbusters.

Work experience resources

Many of our students gain work experience at local media production companies. These include Bridge + Tunnel Productions, founded by our own award-winning filmmaker, Tina Gharavi.