Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Mark Callaby
Course: Illustration & Animation BA(Hons) (renamed Illustration Animation in 2013)
Route to university: A-levels and art foundation year
"I have always had a passion for drawing and making my own images. However, it wasn't until my art foundation year that I realised illustration was the degree for me.
In my first year we had a field trip to Lisbon, Portugal and that has been one of the main highlights of the course so far. Everyone was encouraged to produce some really strong work while having a good time. We are off to Krakow in Poland next.
Another highlight was the History of Illustration module in my second year. I found the subject really interesting and inspiring. The lecturer really knows his stuff and manages to hold everyone's attention.
All the lecturers are extremely helpful, teaching real skills that we can take further in our careers. Most make a point of becoming a friend, enabling us to talk to them about any problems or issues we might be having.
There's also a great atmosphere among the students. We are always working in the studio, which means we bounce ideas off one another and build strong friendships, while the variety of projects push us further in our work.
For me, university beats college hands down. I thought moving away from home was going to be tough, but everyone is in the same boat, and the whole experience has been easy. I haven't stopped enjoying myself.
Away from the University, I've found Kingston is a really nice place; it's close enough to get to London, but you're not in the hustle and bustle. It's also a very student-based town with plenty to do.
I am still deciding my long-term ambitions. Although illustration might seem like a small subject to go into, it really isn't, I am always learning new things."