The Department of Film and Photography at Kingston School of Art (KSA) combines taught undergraduate and post-graduate MA’s along with research and research partnership opportunities. Overall we serve upwards of 400 students and faculty, combining local with international activities.
Details of our portfolio of courses below:
This course offers an opportunity for students to develop a major body of practical work that engages with the expanded boundaries of photography and hybridisation of the medium. It is concerned with a broad range of photographic practices and technologies and explores debates around the politics of representation and our role as image makers.
Students gain a thorough understanding of the history and impact of photography and its continuously developing field of interrelated forms of image production and visual culture. You will explore the potential of the expanded boundaries of photography in unexpected and innovative ways through self-initiated research. Supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff, you will develop critical thinking and a sustained practice.
MA EXPERIMENTAL FILM
This course has been designed to offer a genuinely creative methodology and understanding of current and future potential for film experimentation in artists' moving image. This places the programme at the forefront of postgraduate studies exploring moving image in its most creative form. The course offers a range of input from staff in filmmaking, and will enable you to develop a major body of practical work created within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory.
Students have access to our moving image resources and specialised filmmaking equipment, augmented by excellent technical and academic support. View a full list of our current moving image resources via the link at the bottom of this page.
Based in our Department of Film and Photography, this course enables students to explore the medium of film, developing individual and group filmmaking practice while acquiring skills for working professionally. Students engage with innovative, ambitious ideas, developing successful films as group and individual projects, and gain a practical knowledge of filmmaking production. Learning is supported by technical inductions, workshops with industry professionals, guest lectures and field trips.
Kingston School of Art's high-end facilities such as our moving image workshop, blackbox studio, filming studios and specialist filming equipment enable students to produce films with high production values - experimenting with digital and analogue formats, and shoot, process, telecine and edit on 8mm and 16mm gauges. Students on all film and photography courses also have access to our 3D workshops, 3D printing, photography darkrooms, printmaking and animation facilities.
Students are encouraged to experiment, develop ideas, concepts and skills applicable to a wide range of professional contexts. These include advertising, architecture, documentary, fashion, contemporary art, interiors, editorial and travel. Students are encouraged to expand existing photographic genres and bring new ways of thinking to their work.
Students are encouraged to use the full range of our professional-grade facilities and equipment, from high-end digital capture, studios, black box studio and colour and black and white darkrooms. There are also opportunities to work with historic 19th century processes including cyanotypes and salt prints. Being close to central London makes it easy to visit a wide range of exhibitions and events.
This course enables student to develop film production skills with digital equipment and the opportunity to use analogue equipment, as well as knowledge of the theories of contemporary cinema. The focus is placed firmly on developing clear and simple storytelling techniques that go beyond arbitrary formal categorisations of drama, documentary or genre. The course takes its inspiration from forms of cultural production that have challenged conformity, including the work of artists, musicians, painters and performers, and the movements of Italian neo-realism and the developing cinemas of Africa, Latin America, South East Asia and the Middle East.