Our course provides you with the key visual, critical and professional skills necessary for a career in the art world and for a range of other employment opportunities.
As an arts student, you become part of an artistic community based within the School of Arts’ Jarman building – a creative hub for students of art history, film, drama and media studies.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you are given a firm foundation in some of the aesthetic, interpretative and methodological approaches in art history and film studies. You also receive an introduction to work-related skills directly relevant to employment in the visual arts sector, such as visual arts writing and exhibition curation.
Throughout your second and third years, there are opportunities for you to develop and expand your engagement with the discipline through a range of specialist modules. These may include Renaissance and Baroque art, modernism, contemporary art, French painting, surrealism, photography and aesthetics.
Within the film element of your degree, you engage with cinema’s rich scope and history, from silent classics and mainstream Hollywood to world cinema and the avant-garde. Our modules cover film theory, history and practice, and topics such as national cinema, animation, fantasy and pulp film.
Kent’s School of Arts has a number of excellent resources to help you with your studies and the development of your skills. These include:
Studio 3 Gallery – an exhibition space where you can develop professional curatorial and gallery management skills‘The Lupino’ - a 62-seat cinema screening room offering state-of-the-art digital projection and sound.
Kent’s Templeman Library gives you access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.
Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your academic and professional development throughout your studies.
The School of Arts puts on many special events, which you are welcome to attend. In previous years, these have included symposia, seminars, conferences and exhibitions.
There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for example:
Kent Arts SocietyArt Appreciation SocietyFilm SocietyB-Movie Society.
The Gulbenkian, our campus-based arts centre, has two large cinemas and screens block-busters as well as independent art films. It also holds regular events that might be of interest to you such as roundtables with directors and screenwriters.
All modules are assessed by coursework – essays, presentations, image or text analyses and other module-related activities. This approach to assessment helps you to develop an in-depth knowledge of topics within modules that are most interesting and relevant to your study, and to acquire a wide range of generic and transferable skills.
Our programmes emphasise a close working relationship with students. The academic adviser system ensures that all of our students have access to a designated tutor for pastoral support and academic guidance throughout their time at Kent.
All modules include weekly lectures and small group seminars, but a distinctive feature is that many modules involve visits to London galleries, overseas visits to museums and other out-of-classroom activities. Helping students to acquire independence of thought and the skills of autonomous study are central to our teaching ethos.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: