About ScreenSpace

ScreenSpace provides an innovative and dynamic degree which equips students with cutting-edge media production skills and industry experience delivered by tutors who are working as media professionals across a range of creative industries. ScreenSpace is based in West London, in Ealing Studios, The University of West London, and in other local production spaces.  Our facilities include a number of shooting spaces, classrooms, and collaborative spaces.

It is the sister School to Metfilm School, which has been running BA and MA courses since 2003. MetFilm is also:

  • a working production company, our latest feature film is Swimming With Men with Rob Brydon.
  • a bespoke careers placement agency, MetFilm Futures, that companies approach for suitable students and graduates for paid work.
  • a boutique sales agency, MetFilm Sales, specialising in the financing and sales of single documentaries and series.

Students may have the opportunity to access all of these services and expertise and benefit from studying in a working production environment while having the inclusive university experience with University of West London (UWL) which is across the road. The campus features state-of-the-art student facilities including a refurbished Students’ Union, music studios, an auditorium, the Paul Hamlyn library, restaurants and cafes, and much more.

Located in what is widely regarded as being one of the most desirable places in London to live, Ealing combines a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere with spacious parks and relaxed cafe culture. The area is safe, beautiful, multicultural and close to both London Heathrow Airport and the very centre of the city of London.

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Our Mission

The mission of ScreenSpace is to bridge the gap between industry and education. Our unique partnerships with creative industry leaders and the University of West London means we provide students with a practical course focusing on production skills alongside learning experiences immersed in the film and media industries.


Students are challenged to discover their creative voice, develop practical video skills and work to industry briefs and standards, preparing them to work across a range of creative roles, from directing/producing, social media management, digital marketing, online video editing, and on-screen careers.

Head of School

Dr Lisette Johnston has been a journalist for the past 15 years, working as a multimedia news reporter, producer and editor. Since 2010 she has worked in a number of roles at BBC News, most recently as the Planning Editor for BBC World News in London. She has reported on the red carpet, on military deployments and riots, and been the voice in many news presenters’ ears.

Lisette is hugely passionate about education and holds a formal teaching qualification. Since 2008 she has been involved in teaching and training students, and has worked as a BBC mentor and outreach adviser in schools and universities. 

Lisette received her PhD in journalism studies from City University of London in 2016. Her research focuses on social media and citizen journalism, and how their use impacts multimedia news coverage and journalistic practices. The main case study for her thesis was the Syria conflict

Her work across industry and academia offers her a unique insight into the workings of major news organisations, their use of social media and digital storytelling. She has taught in universities in the UK and US, including courses in practical journalism, interactive news and comparative media studies.

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