Culture Lab

In addition to the green screen room in the Armstrong Building, some film teaching facilities are in the University's Culture Lab. This is a unique research infrastructure, providing an environment for academics and practitioners working beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The facility is staffed by two film technicians and also employs a dedicated loans coordinator to facilitate student access to equipment. It has open-plan research spaces, a performance space and dedicated electronics, workshop, multimedia and sound spaces. It also has a dedicated Film@Culture Lab film suite.

All the equipment is available for our students to use. We have cameras of all types, from small camcorders to full feature production rigs, as well as a live recording and sound mixing studio with the latest audio-editing software. We have seven high-spec editing and post-production suites. These have upgraded Apple iMacs and Mac Pros, 27” dual calibrated displays and stereo monitoring. They're all installed with the latest editing software (Apple OS with Adobe CC, Final Cut and Da Vinci Resolve). 


Teaching and study facilities

Our teaching facilities include:

  • 36-seat editing cluster
  • practical teaching room
  • large multipurpose room used for teaching; workshops; demonstration; screening; and live-events

All our students enjoy separate dedicated study rooms, with additional social and screening rooms for Undergraduate and MA students and workshop rooms for practice-based Postgraduate and PhD students.

Collections and exhibition spaces

We have a range of exhibition spaces for displaying staff and student work and temporary exhibitions. One of our major facilities is the Great North Museum: Hancock. We use this extensively in the delivery of modules, giving us an unparalleled teaching resource.

Another key exhibition space is the Hatton Gallery. This is used to house the Art Museum and Gallery Studies student exhibition, which is an important element of the programme.

Local area

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