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School of Arts

The School of Arts at Kent offers a range of academically challenging programmes for those who want to study the arts at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The School 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. Based on the picturesque Canterbury campus, we offer a wide variety of programmes in Drama, Film, History of Art and Media Arts.



For over 30 years the University of Kent has been at the forefront of developing film studies as an academic subject. We are one of the leading universities in the UK for film studies, and one of the largest and most well regarded departments in Europe.


The School of Arts at Kent offers a range of academically challenging programmes for those who want to study the arts at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

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.


Research centres and groups:

  • Aesthetics Research Centre
  • Art History and Visual Cultures Research Centre
  • Beacon Institute
  • Centre for Film and Media Research
  • Cognition, Kinesthetics and Performance
  • Melodrama Research Group
  • Network of Research: Movies, Magazines, Audiences
  • Popular and Comic Performance Research centre
  • Popular and Comic Performance (PCP) research centre


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.


ICT services

Our editing facilities include eight Apple Mac Pro dedicated fibre networked 'Final Cut Studio' Edit Suites with near field monitoring and SD/ DVCam and HD digitisation. Our Digital Studio on the first floor accommodates ten Mac workstations, Sony SD/HDV digitisations and HD monitoring, and is used as our primary instruction facility for post-production software.

Student Life

Campus life

The Jarman Building also contains the Studio 3 Gallery, our dedicated exhibition space. Since its opening, Studio has played host to a series of major exhibitions that are open to the public plus annual student shows.

The Department is based on the Canterbury campus, where we have five licensed performance studios (the two large Jarman studios with semi-sprung floors; the large and flexible Lumley Studio; the 113 seat Aphra Theatre, a courtyard studio theatre; and The Forrest Studio, a black box space), a fully equipped construction workshop, the Drama Simulation Studio for both sound and lighting, and an extensively equipped 1000msq construction workshop including Design Suite.

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

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