Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Our facilities

Mixer and fader sound equipment in the studio

Learn the theory in a practical setting

As a student in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies you have access to a range of specialist facilities to help develop your skills ready for industry.

Our teaching isn’t just classroom-based. You learn practical skills in an environment that is similar to what you will encounter throughout your professional career. You learn from our expert staff who have several years’ experience working with industry-standard facilities, so you can be confident that when you leave Essex you’re ready to excel.

Media Centre

The Media Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, cameras, audio and lighting equipment, as well as professional editing facilities which give you experience of a range of industry standard film production software including Avid, Final Cut, and Pinnacle.

Journalism students have the opportunity of working in a purpose-built Newsroom and with access to television and radio studios as well as the equipment and computer software that allows journalists to create and edit content across all media and platforms.

Lakeside Theatre

The Lakeside Theatre is a purpose-built 200-seat venue in the heart of the Colchester campus. The Lakeside stages productions by leading touring companies and new work written, produced and directed by our own staff and students.

Lakeside Theatre enables students to learn, create and work in a professional venue through lectures and master-classes delivered by on site and visiting professionals, both as part of your course, and through Lakeside Theatre Extra activities including the Student Company.

Film screening facilities

We have a dedicated 120-seat film theatre at our Colchester campus where we hold weekly film screenings introduced by our academic staff as well as talks by visiting filmmakers and showcases of students' work. 

You can also attend film screenings organised by a variety of University film societies and other departments, giving you the chance to experience a whole range of cinema beyond what you study on your course.

DVD collection

Our Centre for Film and Screen Media has an extensive DVD collection housed in our department's general office. Students and staff can borrow up to two DVDs at a time on a short loan up to a maximum period of a week, if the DVD is not needed for teaching or use by other students.

In addition, the University's Albert Sloman Library has a wide range of film resources to support your learning and research.

Front of the Lakeside Theatre
Work and perform in our professional Lakeside Theatre venue.
Female student on a computer in the media centre editing film footage
Use industry-standard film production software throughout your studies.