Facilities and resources
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 School’s extensively equipped 1000msq construction workshop is open to all School of Arts 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.
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.
In addition to the two large drama studios, The School of Arts award-winning Jarman Building also offers teaching rooms, social spaces and a dedicated centre for postgraduate students.
We have a fully sound proofed film production studio & control room with a complement of projection, chroma-key green and black serge cycloramas. The lantern stock comprises primarily four and eight bank 'Cool Light' Kino Flows suspended from a barrel mount grid system, with the addition of a portable selection of Arri's, 4 Bank Kino's, Dedo's and Mini Flow stock rigged from the studio floor.
Adjacent to this we have a fully sound proofed digital sound dubbing suite that fully embraces 'Sound Track', part of the Final Cut Studio platform. With the aid of our Onyx 1620 and its twin FireWire interface students are able to accommodate a small group of musicians or a band for live scoring.
You can also generate sound-scapes, special effects, foley, and dubbing throughout their production. The sound dubbing suite can be used as a stand-alone facility or it can maintain a simultaneous virtual link to any one of our eight individual edit suites allowing a project's workflow to be 'open' and worked, in both spaces.
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.
Film screenings take place in two on campus cinemas, including the Gulbenkian cinema.
History of Art has wide-ranging library holdings and a large collection of works on photography and contemporary visual communications. We also have a substantial stock of periodicals, and a slide library with well over 100,000 classified slides covering areas such as garden history and the film still as well as traditional media.
In addition, the Kent Print Collection showcases different styles of European art and printmaking techniques and now includes several hundred museum quality works ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day. Many of these works are on display in our award-winning Jarman Building on the Canterbury campus.
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.
Guide to Art on the Canterbury Campus (pdf)