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Welcome to Kingston School of Art

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.

Before you arrive and induction

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.

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, gain your student ID card, resolve any 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

Most of our art, design and architecture courses are based at Kingston School of Art, Knights Park apart from Foundation Art and Design which is at Penrhyn Road campus, and BA Graphic Design and BA Illustration Animation which are at River House.

The creative buzz at Knights Park is obvious as soon as you step through the door and see the exhibits of student work. The 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.

The Penrhyn Road campus is in the heart of Kingston, about a 10-minute walk from the town centre and a 5-minute walk from Knights Park campus. It has a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Our Foundation Art and Design course is based here, and students get to study in bright spacious studios that have views over Kingston from the fifth and sixth floors.

Our Graphic Design and Illustration Animation courses are based in their own building, River House. Students get to work in purposely built studios, with views over the picturesque River Thames. It is only a 2-minute walk from Kingston town centre and 10-minute walk from Penrhyn Road campus.

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. You are able to use all the facilities regardless of which campus you are usually based on or what course you are studying.

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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