Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Anya Landolt
Course: Graphic Design BA(Hons)
Route to university: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
"I love how at Kingston creativity isn't stifled by computers, but instead we are encouraged to challenge what our design fields mean and what can be done within them. I studied my Foundation Diploma in Art & Design here before progressing to the Graphic Design BA(Hons). I chose the foundation for its exciting, creative, boundless energy but did not expect to be most taken with the people – they were driven, passionate and came up with ideas I had never thought of. This became a huge reason for staying at Kingston for my degree; the studio culture turns a course into a way of life, building valuable collaborations and friendships.
The amazing facilities are the unique part of the course for me. The ease at which I can use the photography suite, the workshop or the print room allows me to draw inspiration from other courses and push myself out of my comfort zone, achieving more fulfilling outcomes. In our course outcomes can range from films and books, to apps and other products. The part I value most in a project is learning how to use these differing outcomes to communicate an idea.
I feel well prepared for life after university because whilst I have learnt how to follow a brief, I've also realised that a better outcome can come from shifting a brief to suit my skills as opposed to forcing a way of working that does not come naturally. The course has also prepared me to take risks, put myself out of my comfort zone, ask questions and have the confidence to talk to everyone and anyone. You never know what opportunities could arise for a future project.
This course is for people who are keen for their expectation of a design course to be blown apart for them to then build the pieces back together in a way that best suits them. It is full-on and labour intensive, but you achieve really exciting outcomes and the studio culture is energetic, thoughtful, caring and lots of fun."
Name: Cissy Lott-Lavigna
Route to University: Art foundation
"Doing art foundation at Kingston University meant that I was able to understand the energetic atmosphere and environment Kingston has. I learnt about the collaborative and hands-on nature of the uni so felt comfortable and confident in staying on to study my degree here. It's also a really good balance between London and uni life so I feel I have access to so much whilst maintaining a committed studying space.
Graphic design at Kingston is very conceptual and revolves entirely around ideas. As a course it is very accepting and allows you to try so many different fields such as photography, 3D, film, animation, and illustration. Essentially we stretch across a range of disciplines and collaborate with a range of disciplines which is so exciting and unrestrictive.
Our course has a lot of external speakers and tutors which help give us a better idea of what's available after uni. It also allows us to make conersations and connections with practicing designers and creative which is really important in terms of the 'real world'. We're encouraged to enter our work into competitions and think about the way of putting our work to use outside of the uni environment.
There's an inclusive, energietic studio culture and really strong relationships across all the years within graphics and other courses. It's fun but loads of work. Overall it's a fantastic course with access to amazing facilities, wonderful people, creatives and tutors."