University of Kent, School of Arts

Introduction

Having delivered Arts degrees for over 20 years, our students graduate with specialist expertise to meet the challenges of today's workplace. We continually receive excellent feedback from students and we perform consistently well in the higher education league tables. School of Arts academic teaching staff deliver research-led programmes of study all with important connections to professions and practice. The School of Arts has a global reputation for its dynamism and innovation in teaching and research, which is reflected in the distinctiveness of our programmes as well the quality and impact of staff research.

We offer study in the historical city of Canterbury, centrally located within the picturesque campus. You can study undergraduate and postgraduate courses in History and Philosophy of Art, Drama and Theatre as well as Film.

Developing your employability

We are currently rated 3rd in the UK for Cinematics and Photography in the Guardian University Guide 2017 and 1st in the UK for research power in the REF 2014e. The School of Arts offers a wide variety of opportunities for you to gain more than your valuable arts degree.

We have strong connections with many arts-based organisations, and provide chances for you to network with them and acquire useful connections to enable you to enhance your student experience and increase your employability.

We hold events or activities with such organisations and associations that will also benefit your learning experience and enhance your future career prospects.

We provide ideal facilities in an international learning environment for you to forge associations with friends and colleagues whilst at the School and after graduation, as part of the School of Arts alumni, which will remain with you long after you graduate and may provide assistance in your future career.

Internationally focussed

As the UK's European university, the University of Kent has strong links and partnerships across Europe. Having excellent international connections via the high speed Eurostar train service.

During recent years the School of Arts has welcomed students from over 20 countries including: Jordan, US, Germany, Greece, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Taiwan, Turkey, Bahrain, Brunei, Brazil, Canada, Japan and India. Meanwhile our academic staff come from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Belgium, USA, Canada, Serbia, Greece, Malta, Brazil, France, and Hong Kong.

A range of a term abroad, a year abroad and an international placements are also available in many of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We also have our own campus in Paris, the Paris School of Art and Culture, where film and history of art students can follow a specially designed MA Film (Paris)programme and MA History and Philosophy of Art (Paris) programme. We also offer a term studying at our Rome campus on our History of Art (Rome) MA programme.

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MA Creative Producing

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

This MA in Creative Producing is the first programme ever offered in Theatre producing in a UK university. Created in 2002 as Producing, Promoting & Managing Theatre it then changed into the shorter present title in 2006. It has built strong links and recognition within the industry and many companies actively seek to work with our students and graduates. [+]

MA Creative Producing This is a degree that is heavily embedded into the Theatre making industry and is useful for those wanting to develop careers as producers, directors, venue managers, writers, agents, company and production management, marketing, event management, casting agents, among many others. It is based in Theatre, but is also relevant in many other areas such as Film and TV, as well as general business and commerce. The content is focused on the professional skills of the producer, giving a broad but in depth understanding of the commercial, creative and contemporary issues needed to succeed in the business we call Showbusiness. As a participant you will experience an intense taught period over the first term where you will learn the business and personal skills needed to develop, negotiate and create business and artistic plans, through a mix of workshops, seminars and lectures. You are stimulated to develop further your own individual creative approaches to Theatre, exploring ideas and critical awareness. We do this through looking at the current state of play within the world of Theatre; we invite key people to give talks and workshops, starting you on the road to building effective future networks. This is assessed through a mix of presentations, written case studies, and group research projects. In term 2 you then work more independently on the application of your skills you can choose to have a work placement or in depth company analysis, this is assessed by regular blogs and a reflective or analytical... [-]

MA Curating

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This programme, delivered by School of Arts and specialist visiting lecturers, develops your skills and provides experience relevant to a career in curating. Based at the School of Arts Studio 3 Gallery, you are involved in all aspects of the running of the Gallery. You work closely with partner organisations such as Canterbury museums and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)... [+]

MA Curating This programme, delivered by School of Arts and specialist visiting lecturers, develops your skills and provides experience relevant to a career in curating. Based at the School of Arts Studio 3 Gallery, you are involved in all aspects of the running of the Gallery. You work closely with partner organisations such as Canterbury museums and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Compulsory modules provide an overview of the history of collecting and exhibitions through a series of case studies, taking advantage of our proximity to major London collections. We also cover theoretical issues relating to curating and museology. You have the opportunity to develop your own project, working within the Gallery’s exhibition programme. Optional modules focus on providing practice-based opportunities for developing curatorial skills. School of Arts The History & Philosophy of Art department within the School of Arts, provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the... [-]

MA Drama (by thesis and practice)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance... [+]

MA Drama (by thesis and practice) Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary performance processes, applied performance and European theatre. The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance. Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research and to encourage professional postgraduate development. Our flagship area of ‘Practice as Research’ has so far attracted a range of researchers and professionals, including the co-directors of Ridiculusmus, performance artist Kazuko Hohki, and many others working in areas from physical theatre to visual performance and cross-disciplinary projects. Course structure Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of both historical and contemporary aspects of the theory and practice of theatre, and supervision is available in all these areas. For these programmes you have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, we regularly invite academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students’ research. Practice-based students also have supervision in the studio... [-]

MA Drama: Practice as Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for... [+]

MA Drama: Practice as Research Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary performance processes, applied performance and European theatre. The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance. Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research and to encourage professional postgraduate development. Our flagship area of ‘Practice as Research’ has so far attracted a range of researchers and professionals, including the co-directors of Ridiculusmus, performance artist Kazuko Hohki, and many others working in areas from physical theatre to visual performance and cross-disciplinary projects. Course structure The programme is aimed at practitioners who want time to develop and reflect on their work in a supportive and challenging environment. It is also for recent graduates who want either to develop a body of practice or to conduct practice-based research at a higher level. The programme leads through supervision to project planning with practice-based presentations early in the summer term, which are then written up for the final dissertation. Postgraduate resources The School of Arts’ award-winning Jarman Building offers... [-]

MA European Theatre

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary theatre and performance. We are the home of two renowned international research centres, the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) and the Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics and Performance (CKP)... [+]

MA European Theatre and Dramaturgy Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary theatre and performance. We are the home of two renowned international research centres, the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN) and the Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics and Performance (CKP). The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Italy, Greece, Germany, France and other countries) include research strengths in contemporary performance, applied theatre, Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, popular performance, directing and dramaturgy, and physical performer training. Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research and to encourage professional postgraduate development. Course structure Associated with the European Theatre Research Network (ETRN), the renowned Kent-based research centre dedicated to the study of non-English Continental European theatre, this taught MA programme at the UK’s European University offers a unique opportunity to study the multi-faceted nature of European theatre within the centre’s vibrant environment of research activities. The notion of ‘dramaturgy’, this unique concept and practice characteristic of European theatre work, serves as our central lens from which we explore creative practices and processes in contemporary European theatre, theatre systems, performance aesthetics, and their histories. You will also become familiar with current conceptual... [-]

MA Film

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Studying film as a postgraduate at the University of Kent will give you the opportunity to experience our rich resources of academic expertise, library facilities and a campusbased film culture. We currently offer expertise in North American, European and Latin American cinemas. Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives, as well as with digital media and practice by research... [+]

MA Film The Film Department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second in the UK for research power in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). One of the largest European centres for the study of film, it has an established reputation going back 35 years. Approaching film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience, we encourage thinking about film as it emerges at the intersections of art, document and entertainment. Through theory and practice, individual research, student-led seminars and visiting speakers, we promote an environment in which postgraduate students are able to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema. Studying film as a postgraduate at the University of Kent will give you the opportunity to experience our rich resources of academic expertise, library facilities and a campusbased film culture. We currently offer expertise in North American, European and Latin American cinemas. Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives, as well as with digital media and practice by research. In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing. Course structure The programme offers a thorough grounding in postgraduate-level Film and is suitable both for graduates in the subject... [-]

MA Film (Paris)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury France Paris + 2 more

Approaching film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience, we encourage thinking about film as it emerges at the intersections of art, document and entertainment. Through theory and practice, individual research, student-led seminars and visiting speakers, we promote an environment in which postgraduate students are able to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema... [+]

MA Film (Paris) The Film Department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second in the UK for research power in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). One of the largest European centres for the study of film, it has an established reputation going back 35 years. Approaching film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience, we encourage thinking about film as it emerges at the intersections of art, document and entertainment. Through theory and practice, individual research, student-led seminars and visiting speakers, we promote an environment in which postgraduate students are able to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema. Studying film as a postgraduate at the University of Kent will give you the opportunity to experience our rich resources of academic expertise, library facilities and a campus-based film culture. We currently offer expertise in North American, European and Latin American cinemas. Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives, as well as with digital media and practice by research. In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing. Course structure Following a similar path to our Film MA, the Paris option allows you to spend your first... [-]

MA Film: Practice by Research

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives, as well as with digital media and practice by research... [+]

MA Film: Practice by Research The Film Department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second in the UK for research power in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). One of the largest European centres for the study of film, it has an established reputation going back 35 years. Approaching film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience, we encourage thinking about film as it emerges at the intersections of art, document and entertainment. Through theory and practice, individual research, student-led seminars and visiting speakers, we promote an environment in which postgraduate students are able to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema. Studying film as a postgraduate at the University of Kent will give you the opportunity to experience our rich resources of academic expertise, library facilities and a campus based film culture. We currently offer expertise in North American, European and Latin American cinemas. Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives, as well as with digital media and practice by research. In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing. Course structure Postgraduate students are supervised via a research team through regular meetings. Research supervision draws... [-]

MA Film with Practice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

The Film department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second for ‘research power’ in the UK in the most recent research assessment. It is one of the largest European centres for the study of film and has an established reputation going back over 30 years. We see film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience and encourage thinking about film as art, document a... [+]

MA Film with Practice The Film department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second for ‘research power’ in the UK in the most recent research assessment. It is one of the largest European centres for the study of film and has an established reputation going back over 30 years. We see film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience and encourage thinking about film as art, document and entertainment. Through theory and practice, through individual research, student-led seminars and visiting speakers, we promote an environment within which postgraduate students are able to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema. Our taught MA offers: high quality teaching and supervision by leading figures in the field (you will be taught by experts in the field) resources and guidance for individual research student-led seminars and visiting speakers excellent facilities the opportunity to engage with the continuing vibrancy of cinema a vast support network including pastoral guidance and workshops (study skills, research methods, employability) In 2014, the University opened a new 62-seat cinema named after the pioneering female film director Ida Lupino, which students can enjoy as part of their experience during their studies. The Lupino has state-of-the-art digital projection and sound, and has been created to provide an intimate atmosphere for film viewing. Course structure The MA Film with Practice is a taught programme suitable for graduates in film, practitioners who want to advance their practice in an intellectually stimulating environment... [-]

MA History and Philosophy of Art

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the... [+]

MA History and Philosophy of Art History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities. In particular, postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary Aesthetics Research Centre, and there is also a full programme of visiting speakers from across the constituent subject areas within the School of Arts, which includes Filmand Drama. Course structure This MA provides a structured introduction to the postgraduate study of the history and philosophy of art. Particular focuses include contemporary art, photography, Renaissance art, medieval art, 18th-century British painting, 19th-century French painting, modernism, aesthetics and the philosophy of art and film. You may elect to take a Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics pathway, which draws on the expertise of our Aesthetics Research Group. The programme is intended for graduates in art history, philosophy and cognate subjects, such as fine art.... [-]

MA History and Philosophy of Art (Paris)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury France Paris + 2 more

Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American)... [+]

MA History and Philosophy of Art (Paris) History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities. In particular, postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary Aesthetics Research Centre, and there is also a full programme of visiting speakers from across the constituent subject areas within the School of Arts, which includes Filmand Drama. Course structure This MA provides a structured introduction to the postgraduate study of the history and philosophy of art. Particular focuses include contemporary art, photography, Renaissance art, medieval art, 18th-century British painting, 19th-century French painting, modernism, aesthetics and the philosophy of art and film. During the term in Paris, you focus on the ongoing history of dialogue across the Channel and the Atlantic, and consider the role of leading French, British and American artists, critics, collectors and exhibitions. The programme is intended... [-]

MA History and Philosophy of Art (with a term in Rome)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities. In particular, postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary Aesthetics Research Centre, the newly established Art History and... [+]

MA History and Philosophy of Art (with a term in Rome) History & Philosophy of Art at Kent provides opportunities for graduate study with well-established researchers in the fields of art history, philosophy of art and aesthetics. Staff research covers contemporary art and aesthetics, modernism, theories of art, the historiography of art and the Cold War; biographical monographs, the photograph (in its historical, contemporary and critical contexts), and the historical interplay of image, theory and institutions from the Renaissance to the present (especially European and North American). Developing areas of interest include the cultural and historical significance of the print, and the role of performance and new media in contemporary art practices, which draw upon our links with other subjects within the School of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities. In particular, postgraduates have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary Aesthetics Research Centre, the newly established Art History and Visual Cultures Research Centre and there is also a full programme of visiting speakers from across the constituent subject areas within the School of Arts, which includes Film and Drama. Course structure This MA provides a structured introduction to postgraduate study of the history and philosophy of art, and includes a term in Rome where we run our MA with the American University of Rome (who provide accommodation and facilities). A range of themes and approaches are considered in this MA with a particular focus on medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art in Italy. The first term is... [-]

MA Stand Up Comedy

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This taught MA programme offers a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of stand-up comedy at postgraduate level. The University of Kent has a long history of teaching and research in comic performance, and the Templeman Library houses the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive... [+]

MA Stand Up Comedy Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary performance processes, applied performance and European theatre. The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance. Our distinctive focus at Kent is on theatre as practice, whatever the topic, area, mode and methodology of research, and we encourage postgraduate students to make use of our close links and contacts with local, national and international (especially European) theatre companies, venues, schools and artists, both for research and to encourage professional postgraduate development. Our flagship area of ‘Practice as Research’ has so far attracted a range of researchers and professionals, including the co-directors of Ridiculusmus, performance artist Kazuko Hohki, and many others working in areas from physical theatre to visual performance and cross-disciplinary projects. Course structure This taught MA programme offers a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of stand-up comedy at postgraduate level. The University of Kent has a long history of teaching and research in comic performance, and the Templeman Library houses the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. You will learn how to write and perform your own material, reflect on your work, and engage with theories comedy through workshops, seminars and supervision. Stand-up relies on a dynamic interaction between performer and audience, and for... [-]

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Jarman Building

Address CT2 7UG United Kingdom
Website http://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/
Phone +44 1227 764000

University of Kent at Paris

Address Rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris, France
Website http://www.kent.ac.uk/paris/
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