Thinking Through Making: Workshops at Kingston University, London

Our teaching at Kingston University, London is guided by two principles: that students learn by developing their proposals through the making process;and that students are already practitioners in their chosen area and, as such, are part of the critical discussion about those fields.

Our large, open-access 3D materials workshop has been the focus of significant investment over the past year, and now features state-of-the art equipment and an interdisciplinary construction area. The workshop enables you to work with a broad range of materials including wood, metal, stone, plastic, plaster, bio-resins, wax and ceramics. You will explore traditional methods of making, such as woodwork and metalwork, before progressing onto using the latest computer-aided 2D and 3D modeling equipment and programmes.  Specialists support and technical staff will help you get the most from our facilities and there are introductory sessions, giving students the skills they need to use all of our workshops.

We have introduced a Technical Fellow Scheme, giving recent graduates the opportunity to work with incoming students, while developing their own practice.  This has proved to be a useful bridge between the technical staff and the student body.

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Our two newly specified open-access Digital Media Workshops are home to 123 iMac workstations, providing facilities for 2D and 3D design, audio and video production, and small and large format printing and scanning facilities.

Each of these cutting-edge workstations runs Windows XP and Macintosh OSX, offering the latest professional design software, including the full Adobe CS6 suite, Autodesk Entertainment suite, Vectorworks and Solidworks, as well as a number of CAD applications, including Rhino and AutoCAD. There are also two teaching rooms with high definition projection systems for the more structured tutorials on specific software.

Students are supported at all times by Technical Support staff who are also design practitioners; these individuals offer their expert knowledge in areas such as digital fabrication, 2D and 3D design and filmmaking. In addition to this technical support, the Faculty has also appointed nine graduates as Technical Fellows. These posts will develop the link between the technical services and the student body and they will also help and support students to develop their work.

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Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is a public venue dedicated to the commissioning, production and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture.

The Gallery generates an onsite, offsite and online programme of fellowships, exhibitions, projects and events that engages audiences within the University and the wider community, encourages the development of research excellence in the arts, and makes a significant contribution to the regional, national and international cultural environments.

Supported by the Stanley Picker Trust since its inception in 1997, and forming part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio from 2012, the Stanley Picker Gallery is a principal cultural interface between Kingston University and its wider constituent publics in southwest London and beyond.

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