CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) is a ground-breaking organisation developing practice and theoretically led research, professional practice and scholarship that addresses International societal and cultural issues in relation to media, art and design.

CREAM is leading centre for research, scholarship and professional practice in visual and media arts, design and music, based in Westminster School of Arts.


Recognised as the leading UK research centre working across these disciplinary areas, the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework identified 95% of our research outputs and research impact as world leading and internationally excellent.


CREAM supports teaching through dedicated research staff, many of who are leading artists, filmmakers, photographers, ceramicists, theorists, critics, historians, designers and musicians, whose work and scholarship crosses disciplines including contemporary visual arts, ceramics, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion.


CREAM pioneered the development of doctoral research in our area through the AVPhD, many years ago. This forms the basis of our highly successful and innovative doctoral programme for practice and scholarship that is supported across all our disciplines by the AHRC (Techne 2) and QHT studentships.


Supported by Ambika P3 and Regent St Cinema, CREAM now runs a high profile programme of exhibitions, screenings, seminars and visiting speakers, which reflect the diversity, originality and rigour of our International research culture.  High profile conferences and symposia are in continual development through established and ongoing partnerships with some of the worlds leading research organisations, museums and cultural institutions.


Art and Society

Explored through performance, installation, and ceramics, and between art and science, the diverse practices of CREAM researchers in this area are drawn together for their emphasis on critical and collective engagements with the question and role of art and society.


Film and Media

Film and media research is a long standing area of excellence at CREAM, and leads the field for interdisciplinary approaches to moving image practices and their discourses. CREAM research ranges from experimental documentary to moving image installations of international renown.


Fashion and Music

CREAM has established departments in both Fashion and Music whose International research reflects on the professional and creative knowledge required by these sectors. Led by key figures in their field, with emerging and established projects, both are creating societal impact across broad areas of popular culture, the arts and the creative industries in the UK and beyond.



We understand photography as a broad inter-disciplinary field of study based on the photographic image, set within the distinct but overlapping networks of visual art, culture and media practice. Current focus includes contemporary art, social media, digital imaging, politics and big data networks.


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