Kingston University has been named among the top 100 institutions in the globe for art and design education in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings.
The newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University’s art and design offering in the 51-100 band worldwide, placing it among the top five per cent globally and the best 25 in Europe.
The latest accolade celebrating the University’s art and design expertise comes at an exciting time for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, which will this year be going back to its roots when it returns to its original name as the Kingston School of Art.
Acting Faculty Dean Professor Penny Sparke said the international recognition reflected the University’s long-standing commitment to excellence in art and design education.
“The Faculty has always had a high standing in the areas of fine art, design and architecture and has maintained a strong identity through its art school roots at Knights Park,” Prof Sparke said.
“We have forged strong international links and our partnerships with industry create a pathway for graduates to embark on their careers at the cutting-edge of their professions.
“This latest ranking demonstrates the creativity, passion and commitment of our staff and students, with the success of our graduates a testament to our ‘thinking through making’ ethos.”
As well as its success in the subject rankings, the Faculty also received worldwide recognition in the broad subject area tables, with the University’s arts and humanities offering ranked at 331.
Widely regarded as being one of the most authoritative international university league tables, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers a total of 46 disciplines – highlighting the world’s top-performing institutions in each academic area. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to compile the annual rankings.
In September, of the more than 20,000 universities worldwide around 3,800 were chosen by QS for further study and 900 made it to the final list for subsequent ranking. Kingston was rated the 52nd best university in the United Kingdom, and globally at 62 for international students and 213 for international faculty – measures which assess how successful a university is in attracting students and academics from other countries. Employers also rated the University 284th worldwide, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions perceived to be producing the best graduates.