Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Ann Brown
I chose Kingston University because of the MA course, it is a relatively niche subject in the UK and yet the course description seemed to speak directly to me, it caters for exactly what I was looking for. Upon visiting the university, I liked the community feel of Knights Park campus, it feels more personal and creative than other university design facilities. The small course size was also an attraction for me.
I am very much inspired by the power and reach of music and have a love for indie folk in particular, even more so if it's live! I am also incredibly inspired by experiencing and learning about other cultures and how incredibly diverse they are.
Returning to design education as a mature student was very much about me re-discovering where my design thinking skills can play a more valuable role in society, I'm still on this path of discovery. I would like to learn more from other cultures, so the next step is out of the UK to practice design thinking in unconventional settings, where to, I'm not sure yet.
Name: Alex Clarke
The course was exactly what I was looking for – covering design for sustainability issues and design for social innovation too, as well as having a published course leader with fantastic links to those leading the field in industry.
Meeting like-minded people from all different walks of life, and listening to and learning from professionals who have extensive experience.
I'm not quite sure yet – this course has opened so many more doors for me, that I'm still deciding where I now want my career to go! Having all these options for my future is a very exciting prospect though.
Name: Rao Qingfang, Audi Design Foundation Scholar
"One of the most important benefits of this course is that it builds on your previous design background, adding the sustainability advantage. You will be inspired by lectures from eminent designers and tutors. You will meet fellow students from all over the world with different backgrounds.
The experience of using design approaches to solve complex sustainable problems is challenging, but I feel extremely motivated by working and discussing with like-minded people. Their different ideas and approaches are invaluable to my projects and life in the future. The course has not only shown me the big picture of design and development, but also helped me develop a more holistic way of thinking.
Studying at Kingston University has also provided me the chance to join some of the best design events and exhibitions in London. This has let me see diverse possibilities and grow my own ideas. I believe the intensive study is helping me to broaden my design vision, knowledge and practices, and prepare me as a designer ready to solve real-world problems."
Name: Liani Van der Westhuizen, Audi Design Foundation Scholar
"This course gave me the skills I needed to connect designers with communities in need, and to address development issues using the design process as a problem solving tool. It also allowed me to hone my skills and amplify my awareness so that now I feel prepared to lay out innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.
Value-driven designers need networks and support mechanisms in the design industry in order to share their ideas and work more effectively in support of the ideals in which they believe. Kingston University presented me with enough exposure in a dynamic international environment to broaden my horizons, and develop the necessary skills, experience and spirit to achieve these goals."