Kingston University

The Design School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research level study in a challenging and stimulating environment where diversity, individuality and inventive solutions are encouraged and explored. Our courses enjoy national and international recognition and reputation across the broad spectrum of design disciplines, with real-world practice and research driving the development of our programmes and with high-level professionals engaged in teaching our students. Our graduates are practising across the design and creative industries on a global perspective – The Design School provides an unrivalled grounding for professional life.

The school comprises of over 900 students studying a wide variety of subjects and disciplines in design across 13 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level, taught by over 30 academic members of staff and 45 visiting tutors. The Design School is a dynamic, forward-thinking and creatively challenging environment – a community of students, educators, practitioners and researchers.

We recognise the commitment and ability required to qualify for and commence studies in higher education and we will do all we can to ensure that your time at Kingston University is as enjoyable and as rewarding as possible. You have chosen to study on an internationally distinctive course – we aim to ensure your experiences surpass your expectations.

The faculty offers a supportive and creative environment for you to explore the boundaries of your chosen subject and you are also actively encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary opportunities; cross-course, cross-schools and cross-faculty. Engaging in creative thinking and working processes is a complex activity – your course provides the structure and framework for your academic and personal development but please remember that your contribution is essential.


Head of School

Professor Julius Weinberg: Before coming to Kingston University, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at City University London (from 2007). He joined City University London in 1999 as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and also became Director of the Institute of Health Sciences in 2001. He has an interest in health informatics and was responsible for developing the National Electronic Library for Infection (NELI). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters and conference papers in subjects ranging from cell biology and physiology to mathematical modelling and computer games in education.

Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Bachelor of Fashion
Bachelor of Photography
Bachelor of Art & Design: History, Communication, Curation
Bachelor of Science in Creative Technology
Master of Arts Fashion
Master of Arts Fashion Knitwear
Master of Arts Photography


Noteworthy Alumni

Caryn Franklin, fashion journalist, broadcaster, writer, director and producer, Sophie Hulme, fashion designer, Laura Noble, art writer and gallerist, John Richmond, fashion designer, Richard Bryant, photographer

Life in Kingston upon Thames

Kingston University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a busy riverside town on the borders of London and Surrey. Kingston upon Thames has something for everyone, including: A wide selection of shops, bars, restaurants and pubs; Easy access to beautiful countryside, Richmond Park and Hampton Court; and a rich history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. Each campus at Kingston University has its own character. But they all combine state-of-the-art facilities with a friendly study environment, setting modern architecture against a backdrop of natural beauty. 

As a Kingston student you're just a 25-minute train ride away from the excitement and variety of London, so you can take advantage of all it offers – from arts and culture to job and career opportunities. 

Tuition and Scholarship Information

Studying at university has become a big investment for students. We understand that money matters may be a concern for many students and their families; if you need advice, click here. More detailed information for specific courses, including how to apply for student finance, can be found on each course page for 2015 entry.

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