School of Arts

Why choose School of Arts?

Central location, European experience

Having delivered Arts degrees for over 20 years, our students graduate with specialist expertise to meet the challenges of today's workplace. We continually receive excellent feedback from students and we perform consistently well in the higher education league tables. School of Arts academic teaching staff deliver research-led programmes of study all with important connections to professions and practice. The School of Arts 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.

We offer study in the historical city of Canterbury, centrally located within the picturesque campus. You can study undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the History of Art, Drama and Theatre, Film as well as Media Studies.

6 reasons to choose us

Highly ranked in the UK

The School of Arts is ranked highly by the following league tables:

Guardian University Guide

  • Ranked 10th in the UK for Media and Film Studies 2019
  • Ranked 21st in the UK for History of Art 2019
  • Ranked 30th in the UK for Drama and Dance 2019

Complete University Guide

  • Ranked 24th in the UK for Drama, Dance and Cinematics 2019
  • Ranked 17th in the UK for History of Art 2019
  • Ranked 31st in the UK for Communication and Media Studies 2019

National Student Survey

National Student Survey (based on number of student responses)

  • Film has been ranked 13th in the UK with a score of 87% satisfied with the course 2016
  • Drama has an overall satisfaction score of 89% 2016
  • History of Art has an overall satisfaction score of 96% 2015

Teaching Excellence Framework

  • Kent has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Arts at Kent is ranked 1st in the UK for research power in the REF 2014

Sunday Times League Tables

  • Ranked 8th in the UK for research quality in History of Art
  • Ranked 9th in the UK for graduate prospects in History of Art
  • Ranked 14th in the UK for student experience History of Art
  • Ranked 15th in the UK for teaching quality in History of Art
  • Ranked 15th in the UK for Research Quality in Drama, Dance and Cinematics
  • Ranked 19th in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Drama, Dance and Cinematics
  • Ranked in the top quarter (18th) of 97 UK HE institutions for Drama, Dance & Cinematics.


Centrally located close to London, close to Europe

Ideally located in Kent, the 'Garden of England' is conveniently close with easy access into London. Canterbury is connected to the Capital within 60 minutes on the new high speed rail links, routes into Europe from the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel Terminal at Folkestone are 30 minutes away from Canterbury.

Gatwick Airport is 1 hour drive, all making the School of Arts at the University of Kent very easily accessible.

Developing your employability

The School of Arts offers a wide variety of opportunities for you to gain more than your valuable arts degree. 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.

In 2014, 100% of our History of Arts students, over 92% of our Drama students and over 90% of our Film students went on to further study or employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more information visit our careers webpage.

A space to develop

The School of Arts award-winning Jarman Building is located at the heart of the University of Kent's campus in Canterbury. Named after artist and filmmaker, Derek Jarman, the new building offers professional standard drama, and film production studios as well as teaching rooms, social spaces and a dedicated centre for postgraduate students.

The Jarman Building is also home to the Studio 3 Gallery, which offers a programme of international exhibitions as well as annual student shows. Additional facilities across the Canterbury campus include two theatres; the 113 seat Aphra Theatre (a courtyard-type gallery theatre space) and the Lumley Theatre, which is a flexible and adaptable white room space- nicknamed 'Tich'. Drama students also benefit from an additional rehearsal studio, a sound studio and a theatre design suite in Eliot College.

Film students have access to a multi-user digital editing suite and eight individual editing suites, which all feature industry- standard equipment. Film screenings take place in two on campus cinemas, including the Gulbenkian cinema. Meanwhile, the School's extensively equipped 1000msq construction workshop is open to all School of Arts students at Canterbury.

Internationally focussed

As the UK's European university, the University of Kent has strong links and partnerships across Europe. Having excellent international connections via the high speed Eurostar train service.

During recent years the School of Arts has welcomed students from over 20 countries including: Jordan, US, Germany, Greece, France, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, China, Romania, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Taiwan, Turkey, Bahrain, Brunei, Brazil, Canada, Japan and India. Meanwhile our academic staff come from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Belgium, USA, Canada, Serbia, Greece, Malta, Brazil, France, and Hong Kong.
A range of a term abroad, a year abroad and an international placements are also available in many of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We also have our own campus in Paris, where film students can follow a specially designed MA Film (Paris)programme.

Find out more about University of Kent opportunities internationally

Student Support Team

Students have access to a comprehensive student support resource in the form of the Student Support Office. We offer a confidential place where students can discuss any personal issues they may be experiencing in terms of their studies or personal lives. Experienced staff are equipped to assess the situation and to sign post students onto central services should they need further support. The team was recently recognised for its work, being awarded the University Barbara Morris prize for 'outstanding work in the area of learning support'.

The University of Kent is ranked 35th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and 44th in the Complete University Guide 2019. 

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Last Updated: 01/06/2018