Our courses focus on studio-based learning - that's where your ideas come to life. This is why we have well-equipped, dedicated studios with everything you'll need to support your work. We also provide great workshops and the latest equipment to support and enhance your learning experience. We have recently expanded and upgraded our 3D workshops, enabling you to work alongside and be inspired by students from other creative disciplines.
Our specialist support and technical staff will help you get the most from our facilities. In the first year, for example, there are introductory sessions, giving you the skills you need to use all our workshops.
Our large, open-access 3D materials workshop has been the focus of significant investment over the past year, and now features state-of-the art equipment and an interdisciplinary construction area. The workshop enables you to work with a broad range of materials including wood, metal, stone, plastic, plaster, bio-resins, wax and ceramics. You will explore traditional methods of making, such as woodwork and metalwork, before progressing onto using the latest computer-aided 2D and 3D modeling equipment and programmes. More
Moving Image is the Faculty’s state-of-the art filming, editing and animation suite. The space is open to all students subject to availability and there is an equipment loan scheme so students can take cameras out on location. Moving Image is staffed by technical specialists who are there to help students realise their projects and push their work beyond what they thought was possible. More
The Digital Media Workshops I and II are open-access facilities that allow students to use a wide range of design related software, whilst having the support of our technical support staff at any time, should they require it. The spaces also have teaching facilities for more structured tuition. More
Our professional-level photography suite has two new digital darkrooms featuring:
high-end workstations with calibrated monitors;
quality input and output devices within a colour managed workflow ensuring colour accuracy;
hardware including Mac Pro computers, Nec Spectraview Monitors, Imacon and Nikon Film Scanners, A3 Epson Pro Flatbed Scanners, Digital Card Readers and Epson large format printers.
Students working in the Print Making Room.
Architectural Science & Technology Laboratory ('ArchiLab')
ArchiLab is a brand new state-of-the-art teaching, research and consultancy facility designed for carrying out specialised science and technology activities relating to sustainable building design, simulation and implementation. ArchiLab features sophisticated equipment for lighting and acoustic design, as well as equipment for testing insulation levels, airflow, air and surface temperatures and humidity. It also has equipment for model photography and computing facilities for architectural science applications. The specialist nature of these facilities means local architects regularly use them. More
The Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre opened in February 2012 and provides art and design library facilities on the Knights Park campus. The Centre is one of four learning resources centres at Kingston University and is open to all students and staff. Resources include books, journals, DVDs and an extensive range of online material. The Special Collection includes rare illustrated books, artists’ books and examples of paper engineering. The Centre has zoned study areas, bookable seminar rooms, Macs and reprographic facilities and an Access Technology Room for disabled students. For more details see: www.kingston.ac.uk/informationservices
Galleries & Museum
We have a foyer gallery, which has a constantly changing exhibition of student work and a professionally run gallery - the Stanley Picker Gallery - which organises an acclaimed programme of international exhibitions and events. For more details see:
We also have a collection of sculpture, painting and decorative art at Dorich House, a museum run by the University. For more information visit: www.kingston.ac.uk/dorich