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Every year, KSA presents the work of its foundation and undergraduate students at our degree shows at the Knights Park campus and other Kingston University (KU) sites occupied by KSA (e.g., the Town House, Penrhyn Road, the Rose Theatre and River House). The shows provide an opportunity for KSA to highlight the work of its students and promote the faculty to key audiences including industry contacts/potential employers/ prospective students/schools/alumni/members of the local community and internal stakeholders, as well as friends and family. The restrictions of the pandemic necessitated an online show in place of the physical, which was so successful that it will be continued again this year, alongside the onsite element. The show website has archives from the past two years' shows and is a space which allows all foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students to profile their work digitally.
A visual identity is sought, that conveys the celebratory nature of the event whilst conveying KSA as a world-class and cutting-edge Art and Design institution. The design should be applicable to all print, web, and marketing communications about the show.
The design should be:
There are two elements to the brief: 1) communications and 2) exhibition design.
Proposals are invited responding to this brief by Friday 20 January 2023. These should be in PDF format and no longer than ten pages. The proposal will need to demonstrate ability to deliver the project, including appropriate technical skills. A panel will then select the one scheme to take forward.
For any further information and/or to submit your proposal please contact: Anne Marie Fisker, Faculty Events & Stakeholder Engagement Officer Email: A.M.Fisker@kingston.ac.uk
The payment will be £2,500 in total (this also covers the online launch of the Postgraduate Show late in September). A contract will need to be signed and the final payment made only once the entire project has been delivered to a satisfactory level.
The successful proposal will be confirmed by 31 January 2023. Work should then commence according to the estimated timeline below.
|January||Show identity selected|
|Early February||Adverts booked and due dates confirmed|
|By 1 March||Design brief presented to all stakeholders|
|By 1 March||Meet with comms/marketing re: conversion activities|
|April||Artwork for adverts due|
|April||Invitation artwork to printer and mailing house for distribution|
|Early May||Creation of map with show locations|
|May||Determine banner and other requirements|
|May||Work with web team to install branded banners on website|
|May||Map finalised and printed|
|May||Create posters for each course along with wayfinding|
|May||Create artwork for KU digital signage|
|25 May||Private View: Foundation Diploma in Art, Design & Media Practice. Show continues until 4 June.|
|5 June||Launch of online show|
|5-9 June||Final prep, including signage and wayfinding installation|
|10 June||Private view, show opens|
|14 June||KSA Open Day|
|16 June||Last day of show|
|Post show||Remove all signage|
|September||PG online launch|
Teaching art and design began in Kingston in the 1870s, using the "South Kensington System". In 1899, Kingston's Schools of Science and Art and Technical Institute were founded, with the teaching of fine art developing alongside science.
The two disciplines were divided in 1930 with Kingston School of Art establishing its own building on the current Knights Park site in 1939. Since then, the school has continued to expand along the river.
Design and fashion were added to the curriculum in the 1930s, as was architecture in the 1940s. Science and art were reunited as Kingston Polytechnic in 1970; subsequently becoming Kingston University in 1992. Over time, courses and research have broadened and evolved.
In 2017, Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture was renamed as Kingston School of Art, reclaiming a long-established heritage and identity.
In 2018, the School of Arts, Culture and Communication (from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) joined Kingston School of Art, aligning KU's offerings in performing arts, media, journalism, publishing, and humanities and offering a more natural fit for course provision.
Now re-establishing its historical identity, Kingston School of Art has a new and sustained agenda with international ambitions, built on a century of commitment to practice-based excellence.
Kingston School of Art has four distinctive features that combine to set it apart from other universities.
We are an art school where our workshops and studios are open for creative exploration and allow opportunities for students and staff to work together and to share ideas whether they are studying or researching architecture, art, design, or the creative industries. Our riverside site is home to events, to the Stanley Picker Gallery and brings together an active and creative community that is lively and always changing.
All our courses at Kingston School of Art have practice at their heart, whether that is the practice of making, of thinking and making together or of making through innovative and creative thinking.
We encourage and enable experimentation; skills development and dialogue as to the critical role of our past, of what it is to be human and how we expand our collective and creative potential through combining innovative and academic ideas and practices.
We work closely with businesses, with communities and with the creative and cultural industries internationally. All our students have opportunities to work on live industry briefs for a wide range of clients and communities. Our staff are a rich mix of practising professionals and academics, and our students have opportunities to experience work placements and artistic residencies that encourage discussion and debate with industry, designed to develop their expertise and stimulate entrepreneurial careers and creative business networks.
The Design Museum describes our workshops and studios as ‘world-class' and all our students have access to all facilities, regardless of their chosen discipline. Our community makes and learns together. We encourage our students and staff to be brave, experimental, and entrepreneurial and to pursue careers internationally, working with and for leading brands and cultural organisations and we support them to establish and develop innovative businesses as creative leaders.