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Kingston School of Art

Who we are

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture began as Kingston School of Art in 1875, joining Kingston Polytechnic in 1970. We have long been recognised as one of the best art and design schools across the world, shown by subject rankings, research performance, industry and student awards, and the leading brands and institutions that choose to work with us.

In September 2017, we will reclaim our name as Kingston School of Art, to reflect our passion for transformative art school education. We encourage students to take risks, innovate and find themselves, in contrast to any limiting, pragmatist notions of education. To quote the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, "every school should be an art school".

New Dawn by Kingston University alumna Mary Branson

Art and Architecture

Our architecture courses are taught within the art school context, offering a valuable mix of skills and experiences. A structured series of design projects is complemented by relevant technical and theoretical knowledge. With input from practising professionals and a strong studio-based culture, you can explore communication techniques, test ideas and debate with tutors and fellow students.


Thinking and doing underpin design practice across the school and supports the students as their work traverses disciplines and subjects in hybrid spaces defining the emerging roles and responsibilities for designers of the future.

We aspire to design practice that is vested with personality, purpose and vision resulting from an appetite for life and a desire to make a difference. As a school we aim to graduate creative designers and researchers clearly engaged in and aware of their ethical, moral, social and environmental responsibilities, as 21st century citizens.

Critical Studies and Creative Industries

This school includes courses covering art and design history in a historical and theoretical context. The school also includes courses which explicitly link to one of the largest economic sectors in Britain – the creative industries. Courses are taught within the context of a well-established and leading creative facility which allows you to immerse yourself in the creative process, working and collaborating with students from across the disciplines.

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