The School of Arts at the University of Kent is based at the university’s Canterbury campus, just outside the historic and culturally significant city of Canterbury.

The School of Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in four subject areas: Drama and Theatre; Film; Art History; and Media Studies.

Our single honours programmes provide a professional-practice focus alongside theoretical groundwork. We also offer a wide range of joint honours programmes, giving you the opportunity to combine your arts degree with another subject. There are also options to spend a year abroad or on placement, subject to good academic progression. We encourage tailoring your degree programme to suit to your interests and ambitions.

All of our subjects benefit from our staff expertise, drawn from research and industry work. Our programmes also make use of our excellent facilities, including dedicated spaces for theatre production, studio filming and editing, a gallery space, and on-site cinemas and theatres.

Kent is highly rated: The Guardian University Guide 2019 ranked Kent 10th in the UK for Film and Media Studies. And Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Canterbury itself has a rich cultural life, including the Marlowe Theatre, and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Kent itself also has its own television station KMTV, covering life in the region.

The city also has high-speed rail connection to London, providing rapid access to the rich cultural life of the capital, including West End theatres and galleries. Equally the Tate Margate is only 30 minutes train journey away.

Kent is known as ‘the UK’s European university’, capitalising on its proximity to mainland Europe. The Eurostar terminal is just 15 minutes train journey away at Ashford, and the port of Dover is only 30 minutes away.

We offer MA programmes that include study at Kent’s centres in Paris and Rome, including Master’s degrees in Film and History and Philosophy of Art that offer a term at our Paris School of Arts and Culture, and an MA in the History of Art that offers a term at our Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies. You may also study for MAs in Film or History and Philosophy of Art based solely in Paris. All of our MA and programmes are available at our Canterbury campus.

The School of Arts has strong connections with many arts-based organisations, and provide chances for you to network with them and acquire useful connections to enable you to enhance your student experience and increase your employability.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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University of Kent, School of Arts

Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our Art History programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists, ... [+]

Overview

Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our Art History programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists, and artistic media with opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

As an art student, you become part of an artistic community based within the School of Arts’ Jarman building – a creative hub for students of art history, film, drama and media studies.

Our degree programme

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Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our Art History programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists, ... [+]

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Drama and Theatre at Kent is based in the School of Arts, a creative and academic hub for students in drama, film, media studies and art history. Together we occupy the award-winning Jarman building, which houses outstanding drama and teaching facilities. We have our own industry-standard studios and a 120-seat theatre. As part of an inclusive and creative community, you will benefit from working and studying alongside staff and students who are passionate about their subject.

As a Drama and Theatre student at Kent, you work alongside world-leading academics with a wide range of specialisms in areas such as contemporary performance, European theatre, theatre history and Shakespeare, comedy, and community-based theatre. You are taught by academics who are theatre professionals with real and current industry experience in theatre design, acting, directing, stage management, dance, stand-up comedy, and arts funding. In addition, you learn from our professional technical team, which includes a workshop manager and three technicians.... [-]

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For over 30 years, Kent has been at the forefront of developing film as an academic subject. Our expertise means that you have a wide choice of areas to explore. ... [+]

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For over 30 years, Kent has been at the forefront of developing film as an academic subject. Our expertise means that you have a wide choice of areas to explore.

As a student, you become part of the community based within the School of Arts building – a creative hub for students of film, drama, media studies and art history.

Our degree programme

Our degree is flexible: you study film theory but you also have the option to explore film practice – for example, through developing the skills of a film critic or getting involved in creative film production.

In the first year, you cover the language of film (framing, sound, editing, performance, lighting), learn about the theory and the history of film, and can take a practical filmmaking module.... [-]

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How is art different from entertainment? How do filmmakers, performers, and artists express themselves using style and genre? What are the distinctions between ‘high’ and ‘low’ media? The teaching staff, leading researchers in the field, guide you in answering these questions and more. They help you understand how media shape us, and how you, through your creative practice, can shape media.... [-]

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