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Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media

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With a fully integrated approach to critical and creative work in performance and recorded media, the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media offers a unique multi-disciplinary environment in which stage and screen are explored from artistic, scientific, theoretical and historical perspectives.

About the department

The theatre, film, television and interactive media industries are experiencing growing cross-media fluidity of creative personnel, rapidly changing digital technologies, and globalisation at all levels of activity.

In its research and teaching the Department aims to respond to this rapidly changing environment and to prepare its students to meet the demands of working in the worlds of modern media.

Regular sessions with visiting scholars and leading industry practitioners enable students to keep abreast of the latest developments in research and professional practice.


As part of the first phase of Campus East, the Department moved to a new state-of-the-art building, providing cutting-edge electronic, media and performance facilities. With a scenic stage theatre, black box theatre, screening room and TV studios with audio and editing suites, the Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media building provides students with industry-standard facilities to support their studies.

The building also houses office space for academic and support staff, facilities for research graduates and staff, and areas to foster collaborative research with other University departments and external organisations.

Project sponsors

The University has been fortunate in securing some £17.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber. The funds, managed through Yorkshire Forward, provide £15.5 million for capital development on Heslington East and a further £2 million supporting two University biodemonstrator research projects. The investment forms a critical part of a major £19.4 million infrastructure project sponsored by Science City York, enhancing links between York's world-class science base and industry.

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