Creative Media Academy

  • Professor Nick Higgins, Director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, has played a central role in in the development of an ambitious digital art project to create unique digital Paisley patterns for every citizen in the world. The project aimed to support Paisley’s bid to become the 2021 UK City of Culture was co-funded by UWS and Renfrewshire Council and is the final outcome of the UWS Paisley Digital Art Commission. The digital art commission was awarded to boredomresearch (aka artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith), was developed over a 12 month period and launched 1 November 2016. Read more about Paisley Pearls.

    Paisley Pearl
  • The Director of the Creative Media Academy is Professor of Media Practice, Dr Nick Higgins. Professor Higgins has an extensive career in both academia and as an active documentary director and producer. Professor Higgins' most recent production was the BAFTA Scotland nominated feature film We Are Northern Lights.  Read more about Professor Higgins.


    Iain Smith OBE producer and executive producer with Nick Higgins

    Creative Wednesdays audience  

    Tommy Gormley 1st assistant director and producer (Star Wars, Star Trek, Mission Impossible) with UWS students

  • UWS Creative Media Academy is one of only three Higher Education Institutions in Scotland to be endorsed as a centre of excellence by Creative Skillset. Part of the School of Media, Culture and Society, the Academy brings together students, staff and practitioners within the subject groupings of film, television, radio, music, performance, journalism and digital art.

    The UWS Creative Media Academy comprises degree programmes which are accredited by Creative Skillset, BJTC, JAMES and Drama UK. It offers programmes focused on professional practice, dedicated to vocationally relevant education to anticipate the skills needs of the creative and cultural industries. Each programme pays close attention to fast-developing converging technologies and new business models in the creative industries.  

    Students learn through modules taught by practitioners reflecting current industry ‘best practice’. Expertise across a range of interconnected disciplines is embedded across our different programmes including Broadcast Media, Film-making and Scriptwriting, Digital Art, Commercial Music and Music Technology, Performance, Broadcast Journalism, Computer Games Technology and Animation.

    The Academy has strong links with industry and the public sector which support; skills and talent development, business growth and the knowledge economy. It has established a Glasgow Creative Enterprise Cluster, a locus for industry facing, multidisciplinary projects and public events at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts and projects at Film City Glasgow

    The UWS Creative Media Academy seminar and screening room is now open at Film City Glasgow.

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