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Welcome to the subject page for:

  • Film and TV 
  • Games Design and Digital Art
  • Travel and Adventure Media
  • Wildlife Media 

This page will help you to find information and resources for your studies, be it for written assignments or your creative practice.

Wildlife Media students may also want to take a look at the Conservation subject page for resources to support work on modules on habitats, ecology and animal behaviour.

Travel and Adventure Media students may wish to take a look at the Outdoors, Adventure and Environment subject page for relevant modules.  

Research is an integral part of the creative process that enables you to find inspiration and develop your ideas. For an introduction to research for studio practice, have a look at this "An introduction to research for creative arts students" produced by University for the Creative Arts.

Resources you may find useful include:

  • Academic textbooks
  • Online media archives
  • Video and audio material
  • Professional association websites
  • Academic journals
  • Professional magazines
  • Industry blogs
  • Online galleries and portfolios

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services.

  • Journals & Eresources

    This section introduces you to a variety of resources other than books that are available through the library. Here you will find information on key journal titles and how to locate relevant articles, as well as digital resources that may be helpful in your creative practice.


    These are just a select few titles from our journal and magazine collection. Search the  Journals A-Z  to see if we hold a particular title or check out the journals display at Brampton Road Library.

    Film & TV Production 

    Film Quarterly 

    Journal of Media Practice

    Journal of Film and Video

    Film Criticism

    Journal of Screenwriting  

    Games Design and Digital Art 

    3D World

    Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 

    Games and Culture 

    Game Developer 

    Imagine FX 

    Outdoor and Wildlife Media 

    The Great Outdoors  

    British Wildlife 

    Studies in Documentary Film


    Journal of Sustainable Tourism 

    BBC Wildlife

    Animal Behaviour 

    Environmental Communication 


    Online Journal Collections

    ProQuest Arts Premium

    This is a large database encompassing all aspects of the arts including art, design, architecture, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more. Key titles in film, media and games design are all accessible via PDF.

    More advanced researchers might want to make use of the International Index to Film Periodicals Database which provide citation information of the contents of thousands of journals in media which can be found in our print journals archive or requested via inter-library loan. 


    JSTOR contains a lot of journals on art, culture and film etc so is useful for research for contextual studies. Full text articles from JSTOR appear in OneSearch results but there are many more articles on JSTOR that are normally not available as full text.

    Register and Read is a new service that allows you to save up to three articles would normally be abstract only.To use this service, you need to log on to JSTOR and create a personal account by clicking MyJSTOR. Registration is free.

    Science Direct

    Wildlife Media students can access articles on the latest research in conservation, ecology and animal behaviour through this large database of scientific journals. Also useful for Games Design students studying psychological and behavioural aspects of game play or topics in development and application.

    Environment Complete

    This database contains 820 full text journals and over 2100 that are abstract-only covering topics relating to environmental management, ecology and the natural world. Excellent for locating the latest scientific research to support your studies. 

    Wildlife Media students will find further resources to explore on the Conservation subject pages whereas Travel and Adventure Media can view the Outdoors subject pages.


    Market Research and Industry Intelligence


    Slightly different to the eresources listed above, Mintel is a market intelligence company, providing detailed insights into consumer and business market sectors. Here you can access up-to-date industry information on topics such as media, leisure and entertainment as well as specific demographics.


    Statista is an online statistics, market research and business intelligence portal that can contains market reports, infographics and key statistical information on topics ranging from branding to industry trends, including information on specific companies.


    Gartner IT Industry Analysis 

    Trade resource featuring latest intelligence on range of topics including VR and augmented reality.



    ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global

    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world with a very large number available as PDF full-text. The database covers all disciplines including a strong representation from the media arts.


    Finding a journal article from a reference

    Sometimes your tutor might give you a reference or you may want to chase up an entry in a book's bibliography. If you have the details for a specific journal article, you can use the Journals A-Z to locate it quickly and easily. Search for the journal title and select the appropriate year and volume to find your article.

  • Multimedia Resources

    We also have a number of multimedia collections that may contain useful resources for both practical and written aspects of your course.

    BBC Landmark Video Collection

    Stream the best of BBC's wildlife, travel and environmental films. Key titles include Planet Earth, From Pole to Pole, Africa, Life and many more. The collection continues to grow so expect more major titles to be added over time.

    Academic Video Online 

    This video-streaming service allows you to view academic-quality programmes from a range of content providers including BBC, Filmmaker's Library amongst many others. You can browse by category or search for a specific topic.

    BFI InView 

    BFI InView presents British film and TV from a historical and sociological perspective. You can search and download entire documentaries and news specials on a host of social issues and historical events.


    Screenonline is the BFI's online archive of British film and television. You can browse genres and themes of film and television to view summaries, histories and video clips.

    Learning on Screen 

    An extremely rich resource giving you access to:

    • TRILT - broadcast listings for all TV and radio programmes since 2001
    • Moving Image Gateway - database of 1000 film and sound websites
    • News on Screen - search and view newsreels from 1910-1983
    • Archives and Footage - documents, footage and audio archive
    • Find DVDs - A database of nearly 30,000 audio-visual materials in current UK distribution

    BBC Sound Effects (Beta)

    A vast array of recprded sounds for use for personal or educational purposes

    Bridgeman Education

    Bridgeman Education is a copyright-cleared image database that includes images of works from the world’s major museums, galleries and private collections, from ancient history to the most recent exhibitions. A useful resource for visual research and image reference. 

  • Copyright and using images

    You need to provide references for any images you use in your own work including stills from a film or game.

    Be very careful when using images in assignments and studio practice. Appropriation involves the reuse of images or works without making any changes to the original for creative or artmaking purposes. However, unauthorised or unattributed use of images of art works may mean you are in breach of copyright legislation which can have serious consequences. This video from LinkedIn Learning explains the difference between appropriation and copyright infringement.

    Check out this InfosmART tutorial, produced by Learning Resources at the Glasgow School of Art, to learn how to make sure you are using images responsibly and ethically.

    Photographs in particular can be a minefield in terms of attribution and copyright. The University of Leeds have produced this handy guide that explains some of the rules you need to abide by when using photographs in your work.

  • Websites and Online Resources

    A selection of useful, reputable and visually-rich websites have been collected together for you here. This collection will grow over time so check these sections regularly for new additions.

    Film and TV 

    BBC Commissioning

    A handy website that will give you an insight into the processes and policies behind the commissioning of programmes for TV, radio and the internet. 

    Royal Television Society

    Includes access to Television magazine and archives of news, awards and annual reports.

    British Council Film

    British Council Film promote the work of UK filmmakers. Their site includes a database of British Film, information on new productions and industry news.

    Guardian Film

    The film section of the national newspaper is an excellent source of film news and critics' reviews.

    Close-up Film Centre

    Centre for the promotion of independent and art film-making. Vertigo Magazine is freely available via this site containing interesting articles essays on art film.

    British Film Institute (BFI)

    BFI is an enormous resource of film archives, reviews and opinion.

    American Film Institute (AFI)

    American equivalent of the BFI. Search the Catalog for in-depth information and analysis of American films.

    Games Design and Digital Art

    Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA)

    DiGRA is a collective of academics and professionals who publish academic articles and conference proceedings on all aspects of gaming.

    Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) 

    The 'principle source of information' on the UK gaming industry. Features on upcoming game releases, industry news and legislation.


    TIGA represent the gaming industry in the UK. Their website features careers information, press coverage and education resources


    Coverage of developments in game art and the the games industry

    3D Total

    As well as features on artists, tutorials and showcases, there is also an excellent texture gallery.


    Online magazine for animators

    SIGGRAPH - Special Interest Group for Graphics

    Society of professional games graphics artists featuring conference proceedings, interview and features.

    Travel and Adventure Media

    Kendal Mountain Festival

    Information and updates on the annual Cumbrian festival. Also features a gallery and featured films.

    National Geographic

    Online presence of the iconic magazine on environment, nature and human geography. The site features an excellent video archive.

    British Mountaineering Council

    Working for climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers in England and Wales. Features news, events, area updates, membership information and travel insurance.

    English Outdoor Council

    The English Outdoor Council is an umbrella body for organisations involved in the provision of outdoor education, recreation and development training.

    Muckletoon Adventure Festival

    Outdoor sports event that takes place in Langholm, Southern Scotland

    Red Bull Media

    World renowned extreme sports media company whose rich website allows you to view all their products from their print magazines to clips of their movies. 

    Wildlife Media 

    Natural England

    Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment providing practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth

    National Geographic

    Online presence of the iconic magazine on environment, nature and human geography. The site features an excellent video archive.

    Wild Film History

    An online archive of historic natural history films dating back as early as 1882 right up to 2012. Also contains useful biographies of prominent filmmakers.

    BBC Earth

    Wide-ranging resource on nature and the natural environment. Great for keeping up to date with BBC's latest natural history programmes.

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Galleries and features of current and previous winners of this prestigious national competition.

    Discover Wildlife

    Website that accompanies BBC Wildlife magazine that includes galleries of professional wildlife photographers.