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The Department of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston has established a clear position within the UK context of architecture and landscape education. The graduating practitioner from Kingston is a generalist capable of thinking and making with the technical and critical skills required to be both nimble and empowered to act in today's diverse architectural and landscape culture. Architecture BA(Hons) centres on design, on the creative processes of observation and making, and an ethos of ‘thinking through making’. Architecture is emphasised as a material practice, with particular attention given to how buildings are made and how tectonic components are fundamental to architectural character. The Historic Building Conservation FdSc & BSc(Hons) provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of conservation, enabling students to progress in this rewarding and specialist field.  Uniquely offered at undergraduate level, the course is a blend of theory and practical application. Complex conservation issues are discussed both in the classroom and on site at current conservation projects. Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) MArch is characterised as a critical and open relationship to practice. Each of our Design Units is led by distinguished architectural practitioners and the relationship between tutor and student is grounded in an understanding of the Design Unit as a research space, where practice-led research is either disseminated or actually happens. Landscape Architecture MLA, accredited by the Landscape Institute is aimed at graduates and professionals from disciplines including architecture, spatial design and ecology who can bring their knowledge, expertise, inquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture. Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture and Landscape & Urbanism MA are delivered in parallel. On successful completion of the PG Diploma, graduates may apply to the follow-on Masters. The course prepares students for creative roles in landscape and urbanism design practice and research. Projects include green and water infrastructures, resilient and adaptive city strategies and the detailed design of places for people. As conservation and heritage grows in importance within both the public and private sectors, graduates from the Historic Building Conservation MSc provide appropriately qualified people to contribute effectively to ensuring that the historic environment is effectively and sensitively managed and maintained.

The Department of Film & Photography supports the emergence of new talent across still and moving image by guiding filmmakers and photographers to produce compelling work and stories that matter to the wider world. The Department has invested significantly in both analogue and digital platforms to encourage craft, experimentation, and the honing of skills towards the creation of hybrid and fluid solutions. The Photography BA(Hons) has a multi-genre approach – encouraging students to experiment and push limits, whilst thinking deeply and critically about the medium. Filmmaking BA(Hons) inspires students to develop innovative and ambitious ideas and create powerful stories whilst acquiring knowledge and skills of the key film departments to understand how the film industry operates. Our Photography MA course supports students to find their own voice and produce significant bodies of work that cross boundaries between different forms, disciplines, and subject matters - all set within an expanded definition of photography. Film Making MA develops storytelling and film production skills within a setting of contemporary world cinema – encouraging a range of filmmaking practices that push and question definitions of documentary or drama.

Despite the sudden interruption and the many difficulties that lockdown brought to the group and individuals, graduates from the Department of Fine Art managed to create work and research of the highest level, developing practices to be proud of. Fine Art BA(Hons) students have proven that artists are resilient, adaptable, problem solvers and willing to ask pertinent and relevant questions of the audience, the institutions and the wider society. Students from the Art and Design FdA and BA programmes with Kingston College are given the opportunity to work in a variety of disciplines to realise individual concepts: this cross fertilisation of materials and ideas results in very exciting and innovative outcomes.  The courses are delivered by experienced practitioners and educators who challenge and support the production of highly professional works. Students from Fine Art MFA critically engage with contemporary art and identify what the urgent questions for contemporary practice are. Students are asked to reflect on the historical, social, political, technological and intellectual conditions for artistic production.