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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Here you can find out more about getting ready to study an arts or social sciences course (view our full list of arts and social sciences 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.

"We offer our students the opportunity to explore relevant and challenging issues within a varied, stimulating and academically rigorous environment. We provide learning support and guidance to ensure that whatever your educational background, you can develop your full potential. A degree is a major commitment and we want you to do well, which is why we provide strong academic support, a personal tutor and various skills modules which allow you to follow your own pathway throughout your course."  Professor Simon Morgan Wortham, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Before you arrive and induction

What do I need to do before I arrive?

Your tutors may ask you to do some reading before your first lecture. If so, you'll get your reading list once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

What happens when I arrive?

We hold an induction programme for new students. More information about this, your timetable and your start dates will be available once you've completed the online stage of your enrolment.

How will we support you?

Tutors have set office hours so it's easy to get one-to-one help and support if required. When you join the course, we assign you a personal tutor to help you throughout your time at the University. You can also get support from individual module leaders or the overall course leaders. Our academic staff are always happy to help. Find out more about student support.

The campus and its resources

Arts and social sciences courses are based across two campuses:

  • music courses are taught at the Kingston Hill campus; and
  • all other arts and social science subjects are taught at Penrhyn Road campus (including business joint honours combinations).

The Penrhyn Road campus is in the heart of Kingston, about a 10-minute walk from the town centre. It has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Our diverse students from all campuses congregate here as it homes many facilities, including the gym, health centre and the Union of Kingston Students' headquarters.

The Kingston Hill campus is about three miles from Kingston town centre. It is a modern hillside campus set in its own landscaped gardens. It has a real community feel thanks to its many on-site facilities, including teaching rooms and computer labs; halls of residence; and a bar, cafe and restaurant.

The free university bus links all the campuses and halls of residence, so it's easy to get around.

What resources are available?

Our high-tech learning resource centres (LRC) house a wide range of resources and services including texts, periodicals, journals and dissertations and audio-visual materials. Remote access to LRC databases means that you can access facilities online from anywhere in the world.

Read more about university-wide study resources, such as the library and IT facilities.

Dance is based on our Penrhyn Road campus, where you will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment, including three rehearsal studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors. There is also a body conditioning and stretch room.

The Drama Department is based in the Reg Bailey building on our Penrhyn Road campus. There are two equipped performances spaces as well as various teaching and rehearsal rooms. The staff are also based in the building, which is entirely dedicated to drama.

The Journalism Department has a dedicated newsroom, fully equipped with industry standard PCs, web design uploading and layout software, digital TV and PA newsfeed. Journalism students work on The River, a newspaper edited and written by journalism students, and on the newspaper's online version. Working in both print and online media will give you valuable experience in the convergent skills that employers are increasingly looking for.

The Department of Music has a range of professional studio facilities: three recording and five editing rooms; and a workstation suite containing Apple iMac computers. The Visconti Studio is our analogue/digital hybrid studio based around an extraordinary 300m2 octagonal live room, stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment. Our collection of musical instruments includes pianos, harpsichords and an extensive range of orchestral, classroom, early and electronic instruments.

The Department of Psychology has new state-of-the-art psychology laboratories, which are equipped with PCs with statistical analysis and experimental control software. The labs include:

  • specialist equipment for participant observation – with video monitoring and recording apparatus;
  • a sound-attenuated psychoacoustics lab;
  • a cognitive lab;
  • a physiological lab.

Contact us

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2378
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