City’s School of Communication & Creativity is a socially engaged and politically conscious centre of educational excellence and world-changing interdisciplinary research which shapes and influences professional practice.
We support and develop the next generation of practitioners and entrepreneurs who work across, the cultural, creative, music, heritage and media sectors. We are deeply committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and we are working to transform these sectors by educating and empowering students from under-represented backgrounds, and supporting them to excel.
The School brings together our renowned Department of Journalism, with two new Departments: The Department of Media, Culture and Creative Industries; and the Department of Performing Arts – which incorporates the recently-acquired Urdang Academy, one of the UK’s finest performing arts colleges, specialising in musical theatre and dance.
Our students come together from around the world, and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. We nurture their talent and practical skills in our outstanding facilities, with first class teaching and student-centred support.
London is a global hub for culture and creativity, and our location promises an unparalleled student experience, with world-leading cultural institutions and creative organisations on our doorstep. This not only enriches student learning, but also helps us to build strong links for internships and employment pathways in these sectors.
The School boasts sector-leading facilities. Our Journalism studios and newsrooms were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and our specialist music studio spaces are fitted with the latest industry-standard equipment. As a result, our students gain unrivalled experience of real-world workplaces, developing practical skills which enhance their employability after graduation. Our graduates have the skills and vision to transform their industries and change the world.
- We build understanding through education, practice, and discovery.
- We prepare students to lead, to adapt, and to share their voices in a transformational media world.
- We create creative entrepreneurs who want to find their own voice and forge their own path.
- We generate knowledge through research and practice.
- We nurture a culture that is rich in diversity, critical thinking, and creative expression.
- We champion communication grounded in truth, authenticity, effectiveness, and purpose.
Welcome from the Dean
As Dean, I am committed to creating a School which offers an excellent, transformative, inclusive home for exceptional talent, for curious and restless people who want to change the world.
Creativity and Communication are the keys to innovation and transformation. Creativity makes global communities more vibrant, more innovative and more human. Communication inspires action, promotes understanding and challenges us to think in new ways.
Based in the heart of London, the School of Communication & Creativity is a leading centre for critical conversations among scholars, industry leaders, performers, journalists and the general public. We welcome artists and creatives for periods of residency, to offer masterclasses and to work with us in developing innovative, interdisciplinary research.
As a School, we are committed to making bold choices that reflect our ambition.
We are a community of storytellers, musicians, performers, truth tellers, artists and activists, who want to change the world and have fun whilst we are doing it.
Professor Anna Whitelock
Dean of the School of Communication & Creativity
School leadership team
- Dean: Professor Anna Whitelock
- Chief Operating Officer: James Phillips
- Associate Dean Student Experience: Dr Ben Falk
- Associate Dean Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity: Dr Diana Yeh
- Associate Dean Research and Innovation: Dr Minna Vuohelainen
- Associate Dean Education: Dr Ana Gaio
- Associate Dean Enterprise, Engagement and Employability: Dr Jenny Mbaye
Heads of Department
- Department of Journalism: Professor Mel Bunce
- Department of Media, Culture and Creative Industries: Professor Mattias Frey
- Department of Performing Arts: Dr Lesley Main
Our gamelan ensembles are open to all. City has two types of gamelan, the gentler Javanese style and the more energetic Balinese style.
Vocalists and performers on any instrument, laptops and electronic devices plus any other sound-making objects come together to form City’s experimental ensemble.
The Department of Journalism's TV studio allows simultaneous multi-media broadcast.
The Department of Performing Arts is home to a wide range of classical and world music ensembles.
The Department of Performing Arts has outstanding facilities for performance, sound recording and composition.
The Journalism department has four radio studios and two radio broadcast studios with high-tech facilities.
Our Department of Performing Arts encompasses Urdang at City which is based in the Old Finsbury Town Hall and specialises in musical theatre.