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Foundation Year Humanities and Arts

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1 year full time UCAS codes are included on the relevant webpage for the course you would like to study 2018

Why choose this course?

Are you thinking of returning to education after a break? Do you want to have another go at getting some qualifications? Are you contemplating a different degree, and want to get a flavour for it before committing to three years?

This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to study for an undergraduate degree. We're here to help you reach your potential; at the end of the foundation degree, you'll be well equipped and qualified to study a range of humanties and arts disciplines, either as single subjects or in combination.

You'll be part of the dynamic School of Arts, Culture and Communications, which will allow you to explore a range of subjects, including literature, language, creative writing, journalism, media, philosophy, history and performing arts.

As well as gaining subject-specific knowledge, you can attend events with award-winning published authors, participate in Centre for Modern and European Philosophy debates, and hear readings from our Kingston Writing School members.

If you want to be part of a creative, vibrant, and cutting edge humanties programme, then this course is for you.

What you will study

You will study four year-long creative arts and humanities modules during the degree (see module listing below).

Once you've enrolled, you can substitute either Radical Imaginations or Being Human: History and the History of Ideas for the Modern Languages module, provided this does not remove the disciplinary content specific to your named programme.

In addition to these credit modules, you can learn a language for free as part of the innovative Kingston Language Scheme.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Foundation year

  • Radical Imaginations focuses on creative writing, drama and English literature and aims to highlight how powerful you can be with your creativity. You'll look at text and performance, combining classroom learning with field trips to theatre productions in London.

    The module will help you understand how different texts relate to contemporary experiences: how have classic literary texts been translated into film, opera and ballet and with what effects? How do television drama shows such as Sherlock create dramatic interventions into established narratives, and for what purposes? How have contemporary playwrights like Caryl Churchill, Sarah Daniel, Debbie Tucker Green and Sarah Kane challenged perceptions through controversial and experimental works? Through these sorts of questions, you'll experience imagination at its most radical and relevant.

  • Being Human: History and the History of Ideas draws from history and philosophy. It considers how ideas shape our thinking about society, politics, and the arts. You'll reflect on how history has been studied, explore ideas like counterfactual histories, the use and misuse of history in different political contexts and ask questions on how history relates to memory. You'll also examine the ways in which ideas have their own history eg the idea of freedom, and its political history through philosophers, political thinkers, abolitionists, feminists, anti colonial militants, revolutionaries, and civil rights campaigners . In each of these areas you'll reflect on how our ideas are shaped by the social, political and cultural contexts in which we think.

  • Communication in Context and Practice introduces you to spoken and written communications and will explore a range of subjects like : journalism, publishing, and linguistics. It explores the dynamic ways in which language reports on, shapes, and transforms our understanding of the world. You'll be introduced to degree-level publishing and journalism, and look at communications across multimedia and multimodal formats. Through this, you'll understand the importance of the audience (or hearer/ reader) for effective communication in different contexts.

  • Modern Languages is for students without any previous knowledge of the language they have chosen to study and will equip you with GCSE-level understanding of that language. As well as studying the language (listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary), you'll also learn about culture and build your confidence in use of the language in a range of situations. This module follows the blended approach: it will be delivered face-to-face in interactive classes and also online.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's Study Abroad or Erasmus programme.

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