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Kingston School of Art

New web pages coming soon...

Kingston School of Art's new web pages are due to be launched in September 2017. Whilst this work is underway, this page has been designed to help you find all the information you need about the faculty and its courses.

Reclaiming our name

Building on a distinguished history of art education, Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture is reconnecting with its 142-year-old roots and reclaiming its original name: Kingston School of Art.

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is recognised as one of the best art and design schools in the world.  Its position among the top art and design schools is confirmed in subject rankings (including 2nd in the world for fashion design* and top 100 in the world QS rankings for art and design**), research performance, industry and student awards, and the leading brands and institutions with which it works.

New Dawn by Kingston University alumna Mary Branson

Our legacy

Based at the iconic Knights Park campus since 1939, the Faculty has been providing art education in Kingston for more than a century. Since its beginnings in the late 19th century, it has nurtured generations of talented artists, architects and designers through its studios and lecture theatres, many of whom have become household names.

Originally known as the Kingston School of Art, it was renowned for its expertise in subjects ranging from illustration to architecture and more traditional art methods of drawing, painting and sculpture.  It also went on to play a key role in establishing professional fashion education in the United Kingdom.

The Faculty is celebrating this impressive legacy by returning to the Kingston School of Art name.

Find out more about the history of Kingston School of Art by visiting ArchiveKSA.

Our approach

Kingston School of Art teaching is guided by two principles:

  • that students learn by developing their proposals through the making process - 'thinking through making'; and
  • that students are already practitioners in their chosen area and, as such, participate in the critical development of their subjects.

This unique approach to art education, combined with our high-quality facilities and equipment, excellence in research, and practitioner- and industry-informed teaching, means our students are already shaping the future of art and design in the most innovative ways.

*Business of Fashion Global Fashion School Ranking 2016 **QS World University Rankings 2017

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

The Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects

The Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects
Wednesday 5 July - Sunday 3 September 2017

Enter the world of the The Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects at Somerset House to see work from Kingston School of Art.

Communication Design: Graphic Design MA Show 2017

Communication Design: Graphic Design MA Show 2017
Friday 1 September - Monday 4 September 2017

This show will include work from Communication Design: Graphic Design MA graduating students.

Postgraduate Drop-in Evening

Postgraduate Drop-in Evening
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Our Postgraduate Drop-in Evenings are an excellent opportunity for you to meet our staff and talk to current students about postgraduate study at Kingston University.

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