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Welcome to Kingston School of Art

Here you can find out more about getting ready to study an art, design or architecture course (view our full list of art, design, and architecture courses to check whether this applies to you).

Please note that this information only relates to courses taught at Kingston University – if you are attending a partner college, they will get in touch with you with the relevant information.

Kingston School of Art (KSA) is our new name from September 2017, previously we were known as the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA).

Before you arrive and induction

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Depending on your course, your tutors may give you a small project to work on and/or present once you have arrived at Kingston and met your studio group. Or they may suggest exhibitions and a reading list for you to look at during the summer. They might also suggest some equipment that would be useful to bring with you.

This information will be sent to you as part of your welcome email – so remember to look out for it from late August. You'll also be able to see everything online on the faculty pages of this 'Getting Ready' site as part of the pre-enrolment process online. Email and online information is available from August so if you are unclear or don't hear anything do remember to check your junk mail box first, check the Getting Ready faculty pages and check directly with the Faculty Student Office at

What happens when I arrive?

All new students must take part in an art, design and architecture induction week. This will include a face-to-face enrolment session to complete your enrolment and gain your student ID card and resolve finance issues and confirm you on your course. You will be reminded when this is as part of your welcome letter and the University will also email you reminders closer to the time. It is very important that you arrive for your inductions and start your course on time.

International students will also be able to attend Kingston's international orientation the previous week which includes an early opportunity to enrol online, confirm attendance in order to do things like open a UK bank account and settle into Kingston. The orientation week also includes a bookable airport pick-up service. Read more.

How will we support you?

In the studio or in the classroom, tutors are on hand to help you so it's easy to get one-to-one time. When you join the course, we assign you a personal tutor to provide support throughout your time here. You can also ask your module leader if you have a subject specific question. If you need some extra help with your assignments, our site-based Academic Skills Centres can provide support and advice. Find out more about student support.

The campus and its resources

Art, design and architecture courses are based at the University's Knights Park campus, River House and Penrhyn Road. All buildings are within a few minutes walk of each other. Knights Park is the base campus where many of the social activities will be based.

The creative buzz is obvious as soon as you step through the door. The Knights Park campus has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and backs onto the Hogsmill River so students can enjoy riverside living. Each subject has its own designated teaching areas, but the small campus size means there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other students.

At Knights Park, the learning resources centre (LRC) is central to the campus, based in the Quad courtyard. The LRC contains seminar and bookable spaces as well as quiet study areas and was newly opened recently in a major design project which involved covering the courtyard with a glazed roof and remodelling studios. 

What resources are available?

We have a wide range of well-equipped workshops and learning environments. These are designed to provide a modern learning experience that will enable you to gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge.

New resources include:

  • a large, open-access 3D materials workshop, which includes new equipment and an interdisciplinary construction area;
  • a state-of-the-art filming environment and animation suite;
  • a professional photography suite with two new digital darkrooms;
  • a newly specified, open-access digital workshop; and
  • a student gallery, reception area and art shop.

Find out more about art and design facilities. Remember that you can also access the university-wide study resources, such as the library and IT facilities.

Contact us

Kingston School of Art
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4600
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