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Welcome to Kingston School of Art

Welcome to Kingston School of Art

"The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture is returning to its original name of Kingston School of Art and we are delighted to welcome you as the first students of the re-launched School. From its origins in the late nineteenth century, it has earned an exceptional reputation as one of the world's top educational institutions for art and design. The School combines a dedication to risk-taking, innovation and experimentation with a strong belief in ‘thinking through making'. We are pleased you have decided to embark on this journey with us and we look forward to sharing with you the exciting times that lie ahead."
Professor Anne Boddington, Interim Dean, Kingston School of Art


Students move into halls of residence between Tuesday 12 September 2017 (international and EU students) and from Saturday 16 September 2017 (UK students).

Students on the Foundation Diploma should note that this course starts earlier than the degree courses, on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Welcome Week begins on Monday 18 September 2017 and is an essential part of your transition into university life. The week includes a series of important interactive talks and information sessions introducing you to the University and Kingston School of Art. On certain days you will have your timetabled course induction, while on other days you can choose the welcome events and activities that you wish to attend and to tailor your first week with us.

Before your first day of Welcome Week you are required to complete the first stage of enrolment.

  • All students should come to the main reception, Kingston School of Art, Knights Park campus.
  • If you are studying at a partner college please check to ensure that you know when and where to go at your own college as your start date may be different and joining instructions will come directly from the college.

Your first week is compulsory and includes your face-to-face enrolment session, when you gain your ID card and key information and workshop and technical inductions. On some courses this will also include choosing studio groups which will inform your timetable. This can only be done once you are here on campus. You will not be able to get confirmation of your enrolment for a bank, landlord, council tax or to release payment of your student loan/tuition fees until you have completed your face-to-face enrolment session. It is therefore very important that you attend your inductions and start your course on time.

If you do arrive late or miss the start day due to an emergency, please ensure you come in person to the student office once you arrive on your campus. Staff and students will be around in the main reception areas and on campus to help and direct you, so do ask if you are lost! The offices will also have extended hours in the opening weeks from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

Please remember if you are in doubt do not buy expensive technical equipment or software before you arrive. As an enrolled student you will get additional savings on many things and you can gain advice from tutors and experienced technical and workshop staff during your inductions to help you decide what you need if you are unclear.

International, Study Abroad and Erasmus exchange students

International students must attend the international welcome and orientation week, which runs from Tuesday 12 September 2017. This includes many useful events, including a bookable airport meet and greet service, your specific international face-to-face enrolment to gain your ID card and the opportunity to resolve any financial and visa issues all in one place before you start on your course. Find out more.

Studying at a partner college?

If your course is delivered by one of our partner institutions, these pages will give you a flavour of life at Kingston University and the facilities you can come here to use. However, your partner college will also contact you with its own induction information and details about its teaching facilities:

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4600
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