The School of Arts offers the latest resources, including live performance spaces, film production studios, sound and lighting facilities, and a large collection of periodicals, photographs and prints.

Jarman Building

The Jarman Building is located at the heart of Kent’s Canterbury campus. Named after artist and filmmaker, Derek Jarman, the building offers professional standard drama, film and media production studios, as well as teaching rooms, social spaces and a dedicated centre for postgraduate students. 

The building is also home to the Studio 3 Gallery, which plays host to a series of major international exhibitions and student shows, and an extensively equipped 1000msq construction workshop which is open to all School of Arts students.

People look at an exhibit in Studio 3 Gallery

  Art exhibition in Studio 3 Gallery

Drama and Theatre

Our wide range of facilities will help improve your practical skills and technical knowledge. We have five licensed performance studios which are used for teaching, performances, rehearsals and workshops.

The Jarman Building contains two large, fully rigged studios with semi-sprung floors with under-floor heating, the Lumley Studio is a large and flexible 'black box' space. We also have the 113-seat Aphra Theatre, the Forest Studio, and a 1000msq construction workshop including Design Suite.

In addition to the fully equipped studios, Drama students have access to a variety of audio and visual equipment designed to enhance practical work.


Our professional facilities include a fully soundproofed film production studio with a complement of projection, chroma-key green and black serge cycloramas, a fully soundproofed digital sound dubbing suite, and editing facilities include eight Apple Mac Pro dedicated individual suites, and a digital studio accommodating ten Mac workstations, used as our primary instruction facility for post-production work.

Film students also have access to a wide array of industry standard camera, lighting and sound equipment.

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History of Art

We house wide-ranging library holdings and a large collection of works on photography and contemporary visual communications. We also have a substantial stock of periodicals, plus a slide library of more than 100,000 classified slides covering areas such as garden history and the film still as well as traditional media.

The Kent Print Collection showcases different styles of European art and printmaking techniques. It now includes several hundred museum quality works ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day, with many of these works now on display in the Jarman Building. The Jarman is also home to Studio 3 Gallery which allows students to engage with a wide range of exhibitions and the opportunity to curate shows in a professional surrounding.

Media Studies

With 15 Apple Mac Pro’s situated in our modern ‘Media Hub’ in the Jarman building we can accommodate an exciting array of theoretical and practical modules. Our students are encouraged to have creative and intellectual agency in their learning which is further assisted  not just by our great selection of cameras and audio equipment but by our carefully selected software packages such as; Final Cut Pro X for editing video productions, Adobe Lightroom for crafting Photography and Logic Pro X for audio editing such as podcasts. 


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