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Creative Practice (Architecture) - Graduate Diploma

Course Description

This is a stand-alone, credit-bearing, one-year pre-masters course to prepare for further study on one of our practice-based masters courses. It is ideal if you already have a bachelors degree in a related discipline and are intending to apply for one of our practice-based MA courses, but would like first to consolidate your practical skills and benefit straight away from the design education offered at Kingston University.

Key features

-This course provides the opportunity to develop your creative practice within the supportive context of a peer group.
-It seeks to develop your ability for reflective practice and confident creativity.
-On successful completion of this course, you will be qualified to apply to progress to your chosen practice-based MA.
-After completing the masters course, previous graduates have gone on to work in design offices, publishing houses, interactive media, film and television companies, fashion houses and advertising agencies worldwide.

What will you study?

The learning experience of this course will be tailored according to your subject area (which you should indicate when you apply) by the relevant postgraduate course teams. Available subjects are Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product+Space.

You will work within your subject-specific course peer group, the wider course peer group (comprised of students from across a range of subject areas), and alongside current postgraduate students. The aim will be to build up a strong portfolio of relevant project work that clearly demonstrates your developing intellectual and practical strengths. Projects are designed to help you develop creative and flexible thinking, sound technical skills, and an understanding of the need for a variety of approaches to any given subject or brief.


Practical creative projects, exhibition/individual presentations, research project folder, written assignments and/or reports, project outcomes and visual summaries.

Course structure

The course is made up of two 60-credit modules running sequentially in teaching blocks 1 and 2. These modules will be underpinned by a learning agreement specific to your course subject area.

-Creative Practice I
-Creative Practice II

Visit the Creative Practice (Architecture) - Graduate Diploma page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Magdalena Huber

"I decided to study in the UK as studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, and having a good level of English is highly sought after by many employers in Austria, where I'm originally from. Kingston's Design School is also highly regarded in Austria, so I decided to apply. I was working in a design job at the time, but wanted to further develop my creative approach and design skills.

Since studying the course my whole perception of what graphic design is and especially what is 'good' graphic design has really changed; I see the environment around me differently now. I also approach design projects in a different way, using conceptual designs to strengthen my approach. I've also learned to really enjoy my design work through using different methods such as drawing, scribbling and writing to enhance my creativity. I feel as though my personal style has developed more, and I now work as a freelancer to use these developed skills. I gained a lot of confidence as a designer through this course."


Entry Requirements

A good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in a creative arts discipline; Applicants with relevant experience but not necessarily the qualifications or disciplinary background identified above, and who demonstrate the necessary skills and intellectual achievement needed to undertake the course will also be considered; All applicants invited for an interview are required to present a portfolio of work.

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