In our fully-equipped workshops you can work with wood, metal and plastics and the latest technologies, including a computer-controlled 3D printer.
Among the specialist equipment you will have access to are:
5 Dimensional milling machines
Mig, Tig and Arc Welding equipment
Large CNC Router
Computer controlled lathes and saw tables
Ceramics and glass kilns
Body casting facilities
Traditional potters’ wheels.
Communication arts studios
We have dedicated facilities in the Grove building for animation, graphic design and illustration. You can explore traditional hand-drawn 2D animation, digital 2D animation, stop-motion and 3D animation.
Our studios feature:
Over 40 iMac workstations with software including Adobe Creative Suite, TV Paint and Maya
Drawing display Wacom Cintiq tablets
Flatbed and batch scanners
Nine stop-motion capture booths with iMac computers and Dragonframe software
Multiplane and rostrum rig
Camera arms and tripods
DSLR cameras and lights available for loan.
Fashion and textiles workshops
Our fashion facilities are equipped with everything you’ll need to hone your skills as a fashion designer and maker.
You’ll be able to use:
Industrial sewing machines
State-of-the-art press and heat press equipment
A range of specialist machines for working with different fabrics and techniques.
Fine art studios
Housed in our Grove building, students and staff have dedicated space within the fine art studios, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your work.
You’ll also have access to all of our other workshops in the Grove building, encompassing everything from 3D design, printmaking, 3D printing, ceramics, photography and much more.
Our Interior Architecture and Design studios are organised to mirror the environment of a commercial design studio preparing you for your professional career after Middlesex. We have five studios available for both individual and group work.
The studio spaces are designed to enable students to express their own creative vision.
Apple iMacs fitted with an array of design software
Storage for models
Our own library of Design and Architecture books.
You can explore the Special Collections held in the Materials Room in the basement of the Sheppard Library for your artistic projects. This is a supervised room for research and inspiration, open every day during term-time.
Collections held in the room include:
Fashion Collection: garments and accessories from the Victorian era to the present day
Samples Collection: a broad selection of manufacturers' product samples that can be borrowed by students
Comics Collection: cult, political, Japanese, American and children’s comics
Ephemera Collection: the Middlesex Ephemeral Collection holds Art & Design student show publicity and the general paper Ephemera Collection holds miscellaneous items such as flyers and greetings cards
Special Books Collection: a small library of rare and fragile items that includes artists' books and the fashion publication Visionaire
The Hornsey College of Art Archive and the John Lansdown Archive are also held in the Materials room.
As a photography student you will work in a broad range of studios and facilities, including four professional studios.
The studios include:
A large-scale infinity cove for portrait, full figure or group photography
Extensive overhead lighting track and colourama systems for flexible professional lighting options and easy change of background colour and effects
State-of-the-art digital editing and printing facility
high-end Apple Mac workstations and scanners
Professional-level photographic printers equipped with the latest software,
Expert technical staff, trained to help you get the most out of your design and photography work.
Analogue black and white and full colour darkrooms
A wide range of high-end enlargers at various formats using traditional high quality wet process methods
A large format colour print processor and a film processing room.
You’ll be able to explore the medium of print in a wide range of traditional and modern formats in our print rooms.
Techniques you can use are:
You’ll have access to:
Lino and litho preparation areas
Letterpress typographic area with a range of wooden and lead moveable type.
Digital media workshops
Our digital media workshops have high-end work stations for all kinds of digital media, from video editing to 3D graphics and music composition. All the equipment and software you’ll use is industry-standard including:
Video and audio editing studios
Music production studios
Multimedia computer rooms
High quality computer monitors for colour work
Music MIDI keyboards
Creative software including Maya, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer.
We house a bespoke newsroom with dedicated studio, green screen and professional software including Avid, NewsCutter and iNews. You can hone your skills using our industry-standard equipment and software, ensuring you’re ready for a career in news.
As an arts and creative industries student, you can use our two sound-proofed studios to broadcast live shows. They are equipped to the same standard as independent local radio stations.
Our two radio studios are both identical in their set up, each holding one presenter and two guests
Both are sound-treated to ensure broadcasts are fully self-contained with no interference from external sounds
Both radio studios are interconnected, enabling up to 5 guests to be interviewed by one presenter simultaneously
Each studio has various light settings and controllable air-conditioning/heating
Streaming is available through Middlesex University's network or over the internet via a Shoutcast server.
Our recording studio houses industry-standard equipment, with a dedicated technician on hand to train and support you. You will be able to use:
An Avid HDX2 system running Pro Tools HD 12 for recording, editing, sound design, audio transfer/ restoration and mixing projects
A combination of analogue and digital technologies
A large Doepfer A-100 Analogue Modular Synthesiser for creative sound design work
A C|24 control surface, with access to AudioEase, Avid, GRM Tools, iZotope, Native Instruments and Sonnox
An ever-expanding library of sound effects (combining those from our in-house and commercial libraries).
TV studio and gallery complex
Specially designed for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries by Sony, our television studio complex is a self-contained facility and provides an environment identical to most broadcast installations.
Two television studios
Three dedicated control rooms (production, sound and vision/lighting galleries)
A VTR area
A central apparatus room
Comprehensive lighting support and control systems
Lighting systems with a mix of conventional tungsten fresnels, fluorescent soft lights and a variety of DMX intelligent lights
Fully-equipped post-production and editing suites.
VFX and Media studio
Our media and VFX studio is home to a wide range of sophisticated technology, enabling you to create rich visual effects.
The studio includes:
A greenscreen cove
20 camera Vicon Bonita motion capture
Comprehensive lighting system
Jib with pan tilt head and dolly and track.
As an arts and creative industries student, you will have access to our media store, with a range of industry-standard video, audio and photography equipment for loan.
Performing arts facilities
Dance theatre and studios
Our four fully-equipped dance studios are the perfect complement to one of the most respected dance departments in the UK.
You’ll use the studios for independent rehearsal, classes in technique and choreography, and public performance in a range of styles. Features include:
Sprung wooden floors
Sound, lighting and video recording systems.
The flagship Grove Dance Theatre also includes:
144 seating capacity
Dedicated dressing rooms with lit mirrors.
Specialist lighting rig
High-end PA system and audio mixer
Stage manager’s desk with intercom and cuelight system
Broadcast and intercom systems linked to the TV studio gallery for co-productions.
You’ll also have access to a sound editing studio, as well as a first-class costume workshop with a large stock of costumes, cutting tables and sewing machines.
Music studio and facilities
As part of the music community at Middlesex you will become part of a culture of excellence driven by first-class equipment and production facilities.
The 100-person concert room includes three grand pianos, and the music studio control room is jam-packed with professional mixing equipment. You will also have the opportunity to rehearse individually and in groups in sound-treated rehearsal studios with an array of instruments and amplifiers at your disposal.
Theatre arts facilities
Theatre Arts students have access to some of the best theatre facilities in the UK. Our extensive multi-purpose teaching, performance and rehearsal spaces are designed to facilitate every aspect of the theatre making process in-house, and are kitted out with the most innovative lighting, sound and video technologies available.
You will have access to:
Five fully-equipped theatre spaces, including our main black-box theatre and four large studios, plus additional rehearsal spaces
Mirrored spaces and mats for movement work
Design studios, including resources and equipment for drawing, painting and modelling, and digital design equipment
Creative Technologies Lab, including VR design software
Set, costume and painting workshops
Extensive props, scenery, costume and lighting stores
Special effects make-up, armoury and pyrotechnics
Access to KitHub for specialist photography, video, sound and digital equipment