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An orientation: Library Service and Academic Learning Development: CMP, FAMM, Fashion, Film, Photography: Home

Library Services & Learning Development for Contemporary Media Practice, Creative Practice, Fashion Design, Film, Fine Art Mixed Media, Menswear, Photography

Orientation summary

Welcome to your essential guide for discovering the resources and services available within Library and Learning Development Services.


Contents of this guide

There are four key sections of this guide which you can access using the tabs at the top of the screen:

Additionally, further sections cover topics which will be useful as you start to complete assignments:

Who this guide is for

This guide has been developed for students studying the subjects below. 

  • Fashion Design / Menswear
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Fine Art Mixed Media
  • Contemporary Media Practice
  • MRes Creative Practice

However, don't worry if your course isn't on the list – there's something here for everyone.

What to expect

Within this guide, you'll find four key sections for a self-guided orientation. Feel free to explore them in any order, each taking approximately thirty minutes to complete. Of course, you're encouraged to dive deeper into the available resources if you're feeling particularly adventurous.

Whether completing independently or teaming up with classmates, we hope you find this orientation enjoyable and useful.


James Thickins
Academic Engagement Librarian

Help and advice

Live Chat Service

Live Chat is available if you need help.  

Academic Learning Developers

Book an online appointment (30 mins) with a Learning Developer, to discuss any aspect of studying and assignment writing. The appointment takes place via Blackboard Collaborate. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • structuring and clarifying your written ideas and arguments
  • delivering effective presentations
  • undertaking literature reviews and dissertations
  • time management and effective study techniques

You can send your coursework and get feedback on it at the appointment.

Academic Engagement Librarian

Book an appointment with James for help with research and making the most of the library.


Book on workshops and courses with members of the AELD team (Academic Engagement and Learning Development)

Select Events and then 'ALL EVENTS' to see everything available.

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James Thickins
I am part of the Academic Engagement and Learning Development team (AELD). Book an appointment with me individually or in groups online or in person to discuss your research needs.

Emails to members of the Academic Engagement and Learning Development team go to an email pool in the first instance: