The partnership between the University and the Building Crafts College is based on mutual but complementary strengths and provides the foundation upon which a portfolio of awards from FdSc to BSc(Hons) to MSc in Historic Building Conservation is offered by the University; a progression believed to be unique within the UK. The combination of the academic portion of the foundation degree together with the opportunity to develop craft skills enables students to develop a rounded approach to conservation in the built environment which could not be achieved with either a purely academic or purely craft-based approach. Increasingly, the value of the programme engendered through this combined approach is being recognised by conservation professionals.
Since 1985 Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts has been a specialist foundation school, providing pathways in Art & Design, Drama and Music.
Their portfolio includes degree and pre-master’s programmes for UK and international students. In the last 25 years they have given students the opportunities to develop their skills, build their confidence and progress onto some of the most prestigious Art & Design schools, music conservatoires and world-renowned drama schools.
Two undergraduate programmes – Fashion Design and Graphics & Illustration have been designed in collaboration with and approved by Kingston University.
The Design Museum was founded in 1989 and was the world’s first design museum. In 2016 the Design Museum will move to West London into a Grade II* listed building currently being transformed by a design team led by John Pawson.
The Design Museum and Kingston University jointly teach the Curating Contemporary Design MA. This successful and equal partnership has benefitted the students who access both the Design Museum as a laboratory of innovative practice and the University as a research centre. The course is unique in that it is both practice and research-led in the emerging field of curatorial studies, taught by Kingston University and Design Museum staff who are sector leaders in this area. It is more than a decade old and is widely recognised as a pioneer of its kind and a leader in supporting the new international discipline of design curation.
Indian Institute of Art and Design (IIAD) in collaboration with Kingston University, offers a creative, studio-based education through its three rigorous bachelors degree programmes in Fashion Design, Interior Architecture & Design, and Communication Design.
Located in New Delhi, the Institute will draw naturally upon its access to the capital's diverse tradition of crafts and textiles, as much as to its rich history in architectural design. Even so, the endeavour at IIAD will be to produce professionals with a unique aesthetic sensibility and a thorough grounding in modern technologies to suit the dynamism and competitive standards of the global design industry.
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To help you understand the nature of this relationship and its benefits to the students, Kingston University has published a document answering queries from students and their families. Please read our list of frequently asked questions (PDF) to access the document. You can also visit the Indian Institute of Art and Design website to find out more.
The BA(Hons) Art & Design top-up qualification encourages a culture of trans-disciplinary research between artists, designers and makers in which students can ask new and engaging questions about their practice. It is intended that real-world situations become the driver for these investigations through which students can explore the development of their work in diverse post academic environments. As such the course is externally focussed, student-centred and with a strong emphasis on professional practice skill development. Considered progression from a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) it allows students to question their ambition, and if required gain practical industry experience prior to completing their degrees. The course is designed to question previous ideas of making, by encouraging external ventures, commissions and other client-orientated collaborations to support real-world ambitions. The academic framework facilitates the realisation of these projects, providing students with the necessary skills to successfully establish careers as artists, designers and makers.
The Foundation Degree in Art & Design (FdA) is a trans-disciplinary programme designed to encourage a culture of inter-disciplinary thinking between art and design practices. The course promotes making skills and theoretical knowledge as enablers, allowing student-practitioners to locate their creative motivating concerns. Practically, students are placed in the making environment of the studio/workshop in which solutions to visual problems are identified and resolved in response to external briefs or negotiated projects. From here, students explore according to their own aptitudes and interests one or more specialist avenues, which in turn lead to independent practice or collaborative ventures. Students typically progress onto the BA(Hons) Art & Design top-up degree, or gain employment in the creative industries. Progression routes also include articulation onto comparative degree programmes, or students may wish to take a break from studies in order to gain practical industry experience prior to completing their degree.