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Courses in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies enable students to develop skills in theory, history and practice with a focus on fine art and design, equipping them with the knowledge and means to enter professional, academic and industrial sectors in their chosen career paths. Fine Art and Art History BA(Hons) students realise their creative potential in fine art and develop skills to understand contemporary art. Their practice ranges from traditional forms of painting and sculpture with film and digital printmaking. They also develop visual analysis skills and historical knowledge, and their research leads to postgraduate study and careers in the visual arts. Art & Design: History and Practice BA(Hons) involves students who develop a rigorous theoretical and historical framework to deliver practice-based outcomes across a range of media. They also organise and execute collaborative curatorial projects to a professional standard, and go on to postgraduate research, and careers in the creative industries. Film Studies MA is an innovative programme which situates film at the centre of a range of critical and historical debates. The course enables students to develop their skills of critical and textual analysis, leading to greater appreciation and understanding of the central role cinema has played and continues to play in shaping our world. 

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design introduces students to the conceptual, technical and practical approaches to gaining a broad understanding of visual communication, three-dimensional design, fashion and fine art. All students wanting to continue studying at Higher Education, gain places to study on degree courses at Kingston, nationally or internationally. 2020, has been a memorable year in so many ways and our Foundation group will be remembered, despite the unexpected challenges, by the overwhelming array of thought provoking, challenging, ambitious and truly inspiring work.

Kingston School of Art’s pioneering Department of Creative & Cultural Industries explores what happens when creative practice is applied to commercial contexts, markets, audiences, products and services. Our aim is to provide the stimuli, culture and resources to enable our students to become distinctive creative industry practitioners who will change, and not simply join, the creative industries. Curating Contemporary Design MA (in partnership with the Design Museum) is a collaborative course, at Kingston School of Art and the Design Museum, and is taught by leading curators and designers. The course engages critically and creatively with our fast-changing, complex world. Students have the opportunity to curate live projects and build their own professional profile, through the Design Museum and with institutions such as the Architectural Association, British Council, Gallery Fumi and the Royal Academy of Arts. Creative and Cultural Industries: Design Marketing BA(Hons), prepares you for a career in visual communication in the creative industries. Students develop the practical and analytical skills needed to create marketing materials and design user experiences across different media and digital environments. The Design Marketing BA (Hons) course also offers opportunities to work on live projects with creative companies and institutions, alongside your classmates in the student-powered creative agency, Studio KT1.