Kent's School of Arts is well-known for its innovative programmes in the visual arts. Our Art History and English Literature programme combines a comprehensive review of art movements, artists, artistic media as well as literary theory and practice with opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.
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.
Several of the staff in Kent’s School of English are published authors and poets. Seminars form a crucial part of your learning experience and you become skilled in articulating your own ideas.
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. 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. In addition, you are introduced to literary theory and explore the major forms of literature: poetry, narrative prose and drama.
Throughout your second and third years, there are opportunities for you to develop and expand your engagement with both disciplines through a range of specialist modules. These may include Renaissance and Baroque art, modernism, contemporary art, French painting, surrealism, photography and aesthetics.
The English Literature element of your degree gives you a thorough grounding in literary studies in the English language from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. You can choose from a wide variety of modules in fields such as American literature, creative writing, and postcolonial literature.
Kent’s School of Arts has its own exhibition space, Studio 3 Gallery, where you can develop professional curatorial and gallery management skills.
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 also a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for example:
Kent Arts Society Art Appreciation Society University of Kent Creative Writing Society.
The School of English runs research seminars, workshops and social events, as well as a successful creative writing series of readings, where well-known writers and publishers share their experiences and skills. Previous guests include:
Iain Sinclair Patience Agbabi Sandeep Parmar.
Art History modules include weekly lectures and small group seminars; 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.
All Art History 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.
English literature modules are taught by weekly seminars. Compulsory modules include a
weekly lecture, with individual supervision offered for the Long Essay.
Assessment at Stage 1 is by a mixture of coursework and examination.
Some modules may include an optional practical element.
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.
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: