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Kingston School of Art is recognised as one of the best art and design schools in teaching and research in Europe and in many areas of the world. Our position amongst the top art and design schools is confirmed by subject rankings, research performance, industry and student awards, and the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with us. We count many of the best architects, artists, designers, and scholars among our staff and alumni.
Most of those studying, teaching, or researching in architecture, design, fine art, or critical and historical studies do so under one roof at Knights Park campus, our home for 75 years. This is a vibrant community just 20 minutes from the world’s most important creative and cultural centre, London.
The Faculty started as Kingston School of Art in 1875, becoming part of the then Kingston Polytechnic in 1970. We have been at Knights Park since 1939. Like other British art and design schools founded in the wake of the Great Exhibition, our objective was to support industry.
We are committed to the mission of leading industry, while recognising the different complexion and challenges of industry and the broadening of the term to include the creative industries and academia.
Our teaching is guided by two principles: that students learn through the process of making; that students are already critical practitioners and therefore contribute to the development of their subject area.
Our courses focus on studio-based learning - that's where your ideas come to life. This is why we have well-equipped, dedicated studios with everything you'll need to support your work. We also provide great workshops and the latest equipment to support and enhance your learning experience. We have recently expanded and upgraded our 3D workshops, enabling you to work alongside and be inspired by students from other creative disciplines.
Moving Image is the Faculty’s state-of-the art filming, editing and animation suite. The space is open to all students subject to availability and there is an equipment loan scheme so students can take cameras out on location. Moving Image is staffed by technical specialists who are there to help students realise their projects and push their work beyond what they thought was possible.
The Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre opened in February 2012 and provides art and design library facilities on the Knights Park campus. The Centre is one of four learning resource centres at Kingston University and is open to all students and staff. Resources include books, journals, DVDs and an extensive range of online material. The Special Collection includes rare illustrated books, artists’ books and examples of paper engineering. The Centre has zoned study areas, bookable seminar rooms, Macs and reprographic facilities and an Access Technology Room for disabled students.
We also have a collection of sculpture, painting and decorative art at Dorich House, a museum run by the University.
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This MA is widely recognised as one of the most significant and innovative courses in its field. unlike most courses on art theory, this programme grounds its problems and concepts in the appropriate philosophical context. Read more
If you are interested in developing a career in the art market, this course will prepare you for the opportunities lying ahead. MA Art Market & Appraisal allows you to develop key skills necessary to understand international art markets in a complex and changing art world. Read more
This course encourages the exploration and understanding of the methods and processes at work in contemporary visual communication, and will further develop your personal practice and approach to graphic design. Read more
This joint masters programme offers a unique international and interlinguistic orientation in current philosophical work. The course is taught by leading figures in the field of contemporary European philosophy, based at two of its most significant and productive institutions. Read more
The MA in Creative Writing (Distance Learning) offers you the chance to study with a wide range of well-established and award-winning writers in a dynamic writing environment, but without having to relocate or give up your current job. Read more
Kingston University is proud to offer the first Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in the UK. This course offers talented and aspiring writers the chance to refine their skills under the tutelage of acclaimed professionals while receiving accredited training and experience in teaching in higher education. Read more
With very few budding writers making a living from writing alone, this course offers creative writers the chance to learn not only the craft of writing, but also current trends in publishing from world-renowned professionals. Read more
Run jointly with the Design Museum, London this course is taught by leading curators and designers within the field. Read more