University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art

Introduction

Why choose us?

Highly ranked in the UK, the School offers a fantastic location for you to study and an environment rich in academic excellence with staff that will inspire your studies in Fine Art,Music & Audio Arts and Creative Events.

The University of Kent is now ranked among the top 20 in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2014 with courses in the School of Music and Fine Art highly ranked

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for Art & Design
  • Ranked 14th in the UK for Music
  • Ranked 6th in the UK for Art & Design for career prospects

Our teaching is informed by world-leading and internationally recognised research that will provide innovative and immersive learning in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research based degrees, offering you important links into professional practice. We will help develop your employability by holding events and additional learning experiences that will enhance your future career prospects. Study in a stimulating setting

Study in a stimulating setting

Very few students can claim to study on a campus that features a naval destroyer, a submarine, an old Police Box ‘Tardis’ and a fleet of milk floats and is a key setting for television and big screen filming. School of Music and Fine Art students can! Our students enjoy working in such an exciting environment which inspires creativity.

Substantial Development

The University has invested substantially in the School of Music and Fine Art and there have been many exciting new developments at our river-front setting at the Historic Dockyard Chatham. In addition to a workshop and exhibition space within the Dockyard Smitheries, the Galvanising Shop hosts flexible work spaces for painting, sculpture, printmaking, film and photography. Our facilities include a plaster casting room, extraction room for glass fibre work, metal work room with welding and cutting facilities and a kiln room as well as the main wood working machine shop. We also have video editing suites, Mac suites, wet and digital dark rooms and large format printing and scanning facilities. The Music & Audio Arts facilities are similarly impressive and include a range of industry-standard studios, recording and post-production facilities. The Fire Station at the Historic Dockyard features a brand-new spatial audio studio, Foley studio for film sound effects and audio dubbing, and ensemble rehearsal spaces. Meanwhile, the Foundry is home to our flagship recording studio. Its ideal location is with just 45 minutes from London.y Located, closed to London and easy access into Europe Centrally Located

Centrally Located

The Medway region itself has excellent transport connections with three major European cities. There are two mainline stations within one mile of the campus and Ebbsfleet International train station is just 30 minutes away and runs direct high speed services to Paris (2 hrs 10 mins), Brussels (1 hr 50 mins) and London (17 mins). As a result, our students have easy access to three major European cities and some of world’s best galleries, live music performances, visitor attractions and theatre companies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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MA Fine Art

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice. The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture. [+]

Overview Postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Kent offer you an energetic, challenging and open framework in which to explore your artistic practice. The programme welcomes independent thinkers who seek to develop their practice in a discursive environment that brings together a diverse set of attitudes to making and producing art work in contemporary culture. As a student, you are encouraged to realise your creative and intellectual potential within your discipline informed by specialists within your field. The MA Fine Art programme prepares you for a professional career in the arts and we offer new workshops and studio spaces with excellent technical support to realise your practice-based projects. New opportunities to work together on ambitious group projects in public are encouraged and supported by a staff team made up of practicing artists. Our new MA Sound and Image programme is our interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in advanced practicebased research, and foster individual creative ideas. The MA Fine Art programme enables you to develop your work through an intensive period of study in an ambitious and challenging research environment. Alongside supervisory support, you are offered workshops, seminars and exhibition opportunities throughout your research period. Course structure This programme develops your practice towards establishing a creative, critical and independent practice. You have your own studio space in which to explore and test your studio work, with full access to workshops and high-quality resources at our new multimillion pound development on the Chatham Historic Dockyard, just 55 minutes from London. The programme welcomes students who wish to pursue any form of artistic practice in an interdisciplinary studio-based research environment. A core series of critical studies lectures, seminars, tutorials and collaborative opportunities allow you to develop your awareness of key issues in contemporary culture. We also offer opportunities for working with museums and galleries outside of the University, developing your specialism towards the achievement of professional excellence within your field. Learning outcomes The programme aims to: create and interpret knowledge at the forefront of the discipline through the development of critical, conceptual and practical abilities develop a self-directed programme of practice and related research contextualise and theorise practice in relation to, and through critical evaluation of, the work of contemporary practitioners and leading researchers within the discipline develop a comprehensive understanding of methodologies applicable to independent research develop autonomy in practice work within a context that fosters collaborative learning sustain an advanced practice that encompasses the disciplines of writing, discussion and producing practice-based outcomes achieve high-level skills and competencies as a preparation for professional practice and further development in the field of the arts embed your research within the context of the University and utilise the resources offered in the research environment such as staff expertise, symposia and colloquia develop public outcomes outside the University in a range of formats attract students from a diversity of arts contexts and contexts that inform artistic practice, including fine art, history of art, sociology, journalism, English literature, film studies architecture and philosophy attract intellectually able and talented students who are enquiring, open to experimentation, discussion and collaboration as well as able to work independently provide a forward-thinking, dynamic learning environment that responds to the current climate of debate and production in the arts forge an international identity within the field of study through developing partnerships with international universities and non-HEIs support specialism and progression by allowing you to opt for specific routes of study that include Fine Art, Curation and Critical Arts Writing as designators of the final degree award and to be taught together in an interdisciplinary environment. [-]

MA Sound and Image

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2016 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our new MA Sound and Image programme is our interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in advanced practicebased research, and foster individual creative ideas. [+]

Our new MA Sound and Image programme is our interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills in advanced practicebased research, and foster individual creative ideas. Course structure This programme develops your creative, critical and independent practice within interdisciplinary sound and image work. The programme encompasses artist’s film, audio-visual works, installations, interactive and multimedia works. It is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in advanced practice-based research; you explore the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major artistic developments over the past few decades. Seminars and workshops cover the history and repertoire of recent developments in audio-visual work as well as evaluating the significance of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Technical and craft-based workshops supplement the theoretical materials covered, in order to support you in the development of specialist practical skills. The Departments of Fine Art and Music have cutting-edge facilities which include audio-visual edit suites, a spatial audio studio, Foley studio, rehearsal spaces, a flagship recording studio, large-scale digital printing and the newly renovated Boiler House Workshop. In addition, the Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre (MAAST), a collection of high-quality loudspeakers, controllers and interfaces for the diffusion of sound, is one of the best in the UK. Learning outcomes This programme aims to: focus on the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major tistic developments over the past few decades provide knowledge and skills in advanced practice-based research, fostering individual creative ideas, as well as giving you experience of engaging with current research practices in various areas of critical and analytical thinking surrounding sound and image develop work through individual enquiry as well as sharing and critiquing ideas through group seminars, which are designed to provide a forum for debate as well as practical instruction draw on staff interests and expertise in various areas of audio-visual work provide opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary work, taking into account other subjects at Medway and Canterbury develop your generic and subject-specific knowledge and skills support you in your understanding of the subject with a key module titled ‘Sound, Image, Space’, a dissertation module that leads to the development of your independent, academic research skills and the final module, which allows you to explore your individual creative ideas with a large-scale, practice-based project. Thus you will develop your own forms of audio-visual work within the wider contemporary context, addressing recent histories, key concepts and aesthetics present your creative outputs in the public domain, either within the University environment, in digital formats online, in the local community or stretching further to include national and international performances at conferences and festivals. To this end it, the work produced on this programme will enhance the University’s impact and engagement with the wider public. Knowledge and understanding You will gain knowledge and understanding of: key repertoires and current issues, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of contemporary research and practice a comprehensive set of audio-visual techniques relating to your own advanced practice the wider cultural context for contemporary audio-visual work, particularly in your chosen field. Intellectual skills You will develop intellectual skills in: critically evaluating and analysing relevant texts, using specific terminology and employing a range of methodologies dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively, developing appropriate and innovative solutions continuing to advance your knowledge and understanding and developing new skills to a high level. Subject-specific skills You gain subject-specific skills in: producing, developing and exploring audio-visual materials to form complete works, demonstrating self-direction and originality in your own practice working on a large-scale audio-visual project over an extended period of time, drawing on existing skills and developing new ones presenting and disseminating work to specialist and non-specialists audiences using appropriate terminology. Transferable skills You will gain the following transferable skills: the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility the ability to develop clear concepts and ideas when presented with complex situations and conflicting information the capacity to communicate and express arguments with conviction, referring to key issues and relevant questions. Entry requirements An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies. A portfolio of creative work is required for admission. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. Location: Medway [-]

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