Cambridge School of Creative Industries facilities

At ARU, we know experimentation and risk-taking are key to creativity.

That’s why, as one of our students, you get access to all our arts and creative industries facilities, including full training from our expert technical team.

Why not record a soundtrack for your game? Or make a film of your performance art?

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Music facilities

If you’re an avid musican, you can lose yourself in our state-of-the-art, climate-controlled recording studios, running professional industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Sibelius.

We also have six practice rooms and two mac suites, as well as many instruments, both electronic and orchestral, including a range of synthesisers and a recital hall with a Steinway Model D piano.

If you're really into your music tech, you might want to read the full details of our Audio Music Technology equipment.


Film, television and media facilities

Our fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio includes multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes, while our film studio features overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats.  For location work, you can borrow a full range of HD cameras, as well as Super 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film cameras, and sound-recording equipment.

When it comes to editing films or other media, you’ll get access to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects. We’re also an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.

Or, if radio is more your thing, you might want to join in with CAM FM, a student-run radio station with studios at the Fitzwilliam Museum and our own Cambridge campus.


Computer games facilities

Our games development studio at Compass House simulates a commercial working studio and features motion capture equipment, an arsenal of HD cameras and Digital SLRs (for HDRI capture), and a dedicated suite of high-end PCs with graphics tablets running 3D modelling, animation and compositing software such as Maya, Motion Builder, 3DS Max, After Effects, Mudbox, ZBrush, and Unity 3D.


Drama and performing arts facilities

As a drama or performing arts student, you’ll get to use our on-campus Mumford Theatre for workshops, rehearsals and putting on shows, as well as seeing professional touring companies and musicians. You'll also have the chance to take up paid work at the theatre as a trainee technician (lighting or sound) or front-of-house as a steward.

For smaller productions, our Covent Garden drama studio provides a flexible black-box performance space, while our dance rehearsal room includes audio playback facilities, portable dance mirrors, gymnastic mats and a sprung floor.


Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre

Home to our arts therapy courses and research, our centre on Young Street is the largest university-based centre in the UK, and is fully equipped with high-quality musical instruments and recording equipment.

We provide clinical arts-based therapies for private individuals, local groups, voluntary organisations and charities, in addition to statutory health, education and social services.