MediaCity Campus

Encouraging creative collaborations

Contact Details

Hannah Johanson

MediaCity Reception Desk

+44 (0)161 295 0100

With a state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity, we encourage creative collaboration between students, specialist technicians, academics, and the media production industry.

Located alongside the BBC, ITV and over 250 digital and media businesses our studios and specialist spaces are equipped with industry standard hardware and software. These superb facilities play a central role in the professional training of our students, creating graduates who go on to apply their skills across the world.

The student journey at our MediaCity campus is underpinned by our Creative Technical Team, who provide expert support and demonstration.

Our Specialist Spaces and Facilities

Audio Production and Post-Production

A range of studios dedicated to the professional creation, editing, mixing and mastering of audio for film and television. All hardware and software matched to industry partners such as Dock 10, BBC and ITV.

  • Main studios feature Avid S6 consoles with MTRX monitoring control with 7.1.4 Genelec Dolby Atmos monitoring systems.
  • Dedicated Foley studio
  • Audio production suite
  • Audio post production suite
  • Dubbing theatre
  • Several edit suites

Digital Media Performance Lab

Large and flexible, this double height space combines the technology of a TV studio with the excitement of live theatre and cinema.

Ideal for interactive performances and immersive digital exhibitions, it is used for a variety of media performance such as live streaming of Quays News, Utter Radio and Shock Radio while student work and event content is exhibited on the large ultra high-definition video walls.

  • Full wall hign definition projection screen (viewable area: 4.3m x 7.8m)
  • Comprehensive lighting rig
  • Full height theatre drapes on a perimeter track
  • Extensive fibre optic and digital network infrastructure for multiple high-speed hign definition video and audio connections
  • Lectern with microphone and input to screen
  • Adjacent green room and dressing room with full changing and shower facilities

Fabrication Lab

A specialist workshop and studio space designed to encourage creative collaboration between physical process and digital design.

  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms, 3D computer-aided design, 3D scanners and VR
  • 3D printers and laser cutters
  • Workbench machines, hand/power tools
  • Arts and crafts materials

Media and Technical Equipment Stores

There are two Media and Technical Equipment Stores at the MediaCity campus. One is dedicated to our Film Production programme and the other supports our Animation, Broadcast Media, Journalism and Professional Sound and Video Techniques programmes.

Our stores operate an equipment loan service to the students based at our MediaCity campus for use on assignments and projects.

Highlights include:


  • Arri Alexa
  • Panasonic Varicam
  • Panasonic EVA
  • Canon C200
  • BlackMagic Ursa
  • Large range of Pro lenses to suit

Lighting kits

  • Arri Sky Panel
  • Blindspot Scorpion
  • Aladdin Lighting kit
  • Dedo Lighting kit

Mics and pro audio equipment

  • Binaural Head Stereo Microphone
  • RodeCaster Pro portable podcast production desk
  • Zoom handheld audio recorders and portable mixers
  • AKG/Sennheiser/Coles Professional microphones
  • Wireless Radio Microphone

Radio Studios

Three cutting edge radio studios reflecting the way in which the BBC’s radio studios are set up. The first studio features separate live and control rooms while the other two are self-operated facilities.

The studios provide excellent recording spaces with ISDN access and have been previously used for live contributions to shows on BBC Radio 2, talkSPORT and Capital.

Highlights include:

  • Studer OnAir 3000 mixing desks
  • AKG C414 condenser mics
  • VCS Dira! radio software

Stop-frame Studio

Five animation booths equipped with industry standard lighting, grip, software and cameras. The booths are versatile and can be configured to meet a variety of production needs.

Highlights include:

  • Canon DSLR cameras
  • Manfrotto geared head tripods
  • Eclipse software
  • Dedo key and LED mini key lights
  • Barfly fill lights

TV Studios

Two world-class TV studios specified with the same audio and visual systems as used by BBC, Sky and ITV.

  • Eight Sony HXC 500 hign-definition broadcast cameras with Vinten pedestals
  • Ross Vision 2 ME production switcher
  • SSL C10 broadcast audio desk
  • Sony DWX wireless microphone system
  • Venice ingest and playout servers
  • ETC ION lighting desk with robotic lighting
  • Live graphics
  • 5m x 6m x 3m green screen Infinity Cove
  • QPro autocue system
  • Clearcom wireless communication system
  • Miranda video router

TV News

Home to QuaysTV, the student TV channel, our TV news studio is a fully equipped space based on current BBC and ITV standards.

  • Three full high-definition studio cameras with Autocue and Talent monitors on Vinten pedestals
  • QMaster Autocue system with NCRS connection
  • DMX controlled Lighting grid featuring Arri LS5-C
  • Sony DWX wireless microphone system
  • Venice ingest and playout servers
  • Permanent desk and sofa sets
  • Avid iNews scripting and control software as used by ITV
  • SkypeTX
  • Multicast streaming for live broadcast

Video Post-Production

A mixture of dedicated editing suites and classrooms with Mac and PC workstations equipped to meet the demands of contemporary workflows in editing, colour grading, VFX, animation, audio editing and mixing.

  • High-end workstations with 10bit output monitors
  • 5.1 surround sound finishing suites
  • Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools
  • Da Vinci Resolve Studio
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • NukeX
  • Toon Boom Harmony

We also have a space dedicated for broadcast technology that acts as a teaching space as well as a small-scale event space. 

  • Cinema quality projector
  • Ultra high-definition viewing capabilities
  • 8K Screen
  • High end workstation
  • 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos playback system