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Fine Art BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

As well as progressing to highly regarded postgraduate and doctoral study, our alumni develop careers across a broad range of domains spanning art practice, fabrication, curation, writing, publishing, arts admin and education, often progressing to national and international renown.

Whilst some support their own practices by assisting renowned artists including Anish Kapoor, Ryan Gander and Katja Strunz, others gain experience with cutting edge organisations such as Hauser & Wirth, Manifesta, Drawing Room, Cell Project Space and Auto-Italia.

Graduate stories

Ellie Wyatt
Graduated BA Fine Art 2014.

Since graduation Ellie has exhibited her work internationally and undertaken a series of residencies, including at the Frans Masereel Print Centrum in 2015. She was selected for Into the Wild 2014, an emerging artists programme at Chisenhale Studios in London. She currently works with Art Hub Studios, London, running print workshops and coordinating the gallery programme. She has worked extensively in education and now leads the National Saturday Club in Art and Design at Kingston University. From September 2017, Ellie will be undertaking a Masters in Print at the RCA.

Sarah_McCrorySarah McCrory
Graduated BA Fine Art 2000.

Sarah is the Director of the new Gallery at Goldsmiths. Previously she directed Glasgow International, a biennial festival of visual art, and has previously been curator of Frieze Projects, Frieze Film, Frieze at the London 2012 Festival, Studio Voltaire, and Director of Vilma Gold. She ran two self-directed project spaces ‘Art & Jobs' and ‘Swallow Street' which showed the work of emerging practices. She sat on the Turner Prize jury, 2014, the board at Studio Voltaire, and is now the co-founder and an active board member of Open School East, a free art school with a focus on social practice and engagement.

Sophie Goodchild
Graduated BA Fine Art 2015.

Shortly after graduation Sophie was selected for a residency at The Skopelos Foundation For The Arts, Greece and Arts Council funded collaborative residency in Enjoy Project Space, Leeds, UK. She has exhibited throughout Europe and has assisted artists Ryan Gander and Anish Kapoor. Sophie has recently been selected for the Technical Print Making Fellowship, Kingston University and has co-founded Cuddle Projects, a new artist-led organisation based in SE London, integrating emerging artists from across the UK. She is also currently assisting artist Angela de la Cruz.

Phillip_Allen_artworkPhillip Allen
Graduated 1990.

"Art School education is an incredibly valuable thing and my time at Kingston allowed me to explore my desire to be a painter and this took place within a supportive and creative environment." Philip Allen, March 2017.

 Acclaimed painter, Phillip Allen graduated from Kingston in 1990, before completing MA Painting at The Royal College of Art in 1992. Over the last decade Phillip has continued to make and exhibit works at national and international level and was included in the British Art Show 6 in 2005/6 and is represented in significant museum collections, including Tate. Most recent solo exhibition is Deepdrippings at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland in 2017, which has attracted considerable attention from national and international press.

"Phillip Allen's Deepdrippings is an exceptional exhibition: focused, intelligent, lively and conceptually rich". Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 21st February 2017.

Phillip is represented by The Approach Gallery, London and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.

Isobel Lister
Graduated BA Fine Art 2015.

During Isobel's time at Kingston she took a year out when she was selected for a Project Fellowship at the Siena Art Institute, followed by a residency at Mildred's Lane, a 'working-living-research organisation in northeastern Pennsylvania. After returning to and graduating from Kingston in 2015, Isobel went on to an internship at Limoncello, London, followed by Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, where she now holds a permanent position. Isobel returned to Mildred's Lane for Summer Session 2016.

Harry_Fletcher_artworkHarry Fletcher
Graduated BA Fine Art 2015.

During his time at Kingston Harry was a recipient of the Stanley Picker Travel Award and Salzburg Summer Academy. On graduation Harry was awarded the 2015 Ingot Prize for Bronze Casting and shortlisted for the Woon Prize, after which he returned to Nottingham to set up a studio. He has since been shortlisted for the Cheeseburn Sculpture prize and selected for New Contemporaries 2016, exhibiting in Bluecoat, Liverpool and ICA, London.

Harry now has a studio at Art Hub Studios Woolwich, London and works with London Bronze Casting.

Owen Thackery
Graduated BA Fine Art 2014.

Owen went on to post-graduate study at Slade UCL. He recently graduated in summer 2016. Based in London, he maintains a fine art practice and works as a graduate mentor to BA Fine Art students through Project Herman here at Kingston University.

Sam Baker
Graduated BA Fine Art 2014.

After graduation Sam was selected for the Woon Art Prize, wining the Cheong Kam Hee Art Prize of £6000. Sam is currently in his final year in the Sculpture Department at the Royal College of Art, London.

Corey Bartle Sanderson
Graduated BA Fine Art 2014.

Corey has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since graduating in 2014 including his first solo show HOMEWARE_update at Block 336, London in 2015, LAW magazine ‘Issue 8' and Looking at Painting ‘Volume 2', all in 2016. In 2016 Corey was Shortlisted for the D&AD Next Photographer Award.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

We have a long history of successful alumni, including artists Sarah Maple, Fiona Banner, Andy Graves, Toby Ridler and David Mach.

Post-graduate study

Each year some of our graduates go on to postgraduate study, some continuing in Fine Art, and related practices. Others in a broad range of disciplines including Curation, Arts Management, Information Experience Design, Teaching / Education, Art History. Recent graduates have progressed to:

  • Royal College of Art
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Slade School of Fine Art
  • Goldsmiths University
  • Chelsea College of Art
  • Institute of Education
  • University of West of England
  • Royal Drawing School


As well as post-graduate study graduates go on to internships and assistant roles, spanning fabrication, curation, writing, publishing, arts admin and education, often progressing to national and international renown. Recent graduate employment includes:

  • Studio Assistant
  • Gallery Management
  • Programme Assistant
  • Film and Theatre Design
  • Art Technician
  • Teacher / Learning Support
  • Paid Residency

Employers and initiatives include:

  • Artists; Anish Kapoor, Ryan Gander, Katja Strunz, Angela de la Cruz,
  • Galleries / Museums; Tate, Hauser & Wirth, Chapter Gallery, Wallace Collection, Stanley Picker Gallery
  • Artist-run initiatives / co-ops; Art Hub, Auto Italia, The Drawing Room, Cuddle Projects, Dank Collective, Zoox
  • Charities / Community Interest; Alzheimer's Society, Artists' Collecting Society, Mildred's Lane
  • Schools / Universities: Kingston University, Primary & Secondary Schools

Prizes and residencies

  • Woon Art Prize
  • Bloomberg Young Contemporaries
  • Da Vinci Artist Residency
  • Brian McCann Drawing Prize
  • Pan European Arts Residency / TRAFFIC
  • Ingot Prize, London Bronze Casting
  • Frans Masereel Centrum Residency
  • Academy Costumes
  • Artists' Collecting Society Project Award

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you:

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