The School of Arts at the University of Kent is based at the university’s Canterbury campus, just outside the historic and culturally significant city of Canterbury.
The School of Arts offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in four subject areas: Drama and Theatre; Film; Art History; and Media Studies.
Our single honours programmes provide a professional-practice focus alongside theoretical groundwork. We also offer a wide range of joint honours programmes, giving you the opportunity to combine your arts degree with another subject. There are also options to spend a year abroad or on placement, subject to good academic progression. We encourage tailoring your degree programme to suit to your interests and ambitions.
All of our subjects benefit from our staff expertise, drawn from research and industry work. Our programmes also make use of our excellent facilities, including dedicated spaces for theatre production, studio filming and editing, a gallery space, and on-site cinemas and theatres.
Kent is highly rated: The Guardian University Guide 2019 ranked Kent 10th in the UK for Film and Media Studies. And Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.
Canterbury itself has a rich cultural life, including the Marlowe Theatre, and the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Kent itself also has its own television station KMTV, covering life in the region.
The city also has high-speed rail connection to London, providing rapid access to the rich cultural life of the capital, including West End theatres and galleries. Equally the Tate Margate is only 30 minutes train journey away.
Kent is known as ‘the UK’s European university’, capitalising on its proximity to mainland Europe. The Eurostar terminal is just 15 minutes train journey away at Ashford, and the port of Dover is only 30 minutes away.
We offer MA programmes that include study at Kent’s centres in Paris and Rome, including Master’s degrees in Film and History and Philosophy of Art that offer a term at our Paris School of Arts and Culture, and an MA in the History of Art that offers a term at our Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies. You may also study for MAs in Film or History and Philosophy of Art based solely in Paris. All of our MA and programmes are available at our Canterbury campus.
The School of Arts has 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.