Kingston University London

Course Introduction

Our Art & Design History and Practice BA course has been designed for those passionate about understanding, interpreting and communicating histories and theories of art and design. Based in the internationally respected Kingston School of Art, this course enables you to pursue academic studies with a creative focus.

Our distinctive course is shaped by its art school location. You'll benefit from our creative environment, where you will have the opportunity to combine academic studies in art and design history with more practice-based learning.

You'll gain expertise and understanding about global art and design practices such as fine art, film, graphic design and fashion, from the 19th century to the present, and develop key skills in research and critical thinking. You'll then apply this academic knowledge and skill set to projects such as curating exhibitions, creating digital and print publications, filmmaking and writing blogs.

You will also participate in events at our Stanley Picker Gallery and Dorich House Museum as part of your learning and professional development.

This distinctive mix of academic and practice-based learning will equip you with the knowledge, skills and networks desirable for a range of careers working in and with the thriving creative and cultural industries, in areas such as museums, galleries, publishing and journalism.

Course Modules

Examples of modules:

Year 1

- Key Concepts: Research, Interpretation & Communication

- Thinking through Practice

- Contextualising Contemporary Practice: Fine Art; Film, Photography

- Materials and Making: Themes in Design History

Year 2

- Researching the Contemporary

- Professional Practice

- One option module (Critical Issues in Fine Art, Filmmaking or Photography)

- One option module (Critical Issues in Fashion, Furniture and Product Design, Graphic Design, Illustration and Animation or Interior Design)

Year 3

- Dissertation: Research and Reflection

- Exhibition

- Special Topics in Art and Design History 2

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H) Other Fees