Applicants Spring Newsletters – Out Now.

News and information for students applying or considering applying for a Music, Fine Art or Creative Events degree at Kent.

For news and information for applicants to undergraduate music, fine art or creative events degree courses, we have the spring edition newsletters out now.

Fine Art
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  • Art and Design ranking
  • Degree Show 2014
  • Michael Day – student success story
  • Visiting Artists Presentations
  • Meet our Kent Cultural Baton – 1950’s converted air stream caravan
  • Read about our new studio block facilities

Fine Art News 2014

Music and Audio Arts

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  • New practice facilities and studios
  • We’re in The Guardian University Guide – Top 10!
  • Master Classes, guest lectures and workshops
  • MAAST – Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre – partnership with London Contemporary Music Festival
  • ‘Octandre’ provide a Composition Workshop
  • SAMBA Band and music ensembles
  • Student Field Trip to Paris
  • Medway Music Society
  • The TONE Festival

Music News

Creative Events

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  • Art and Events Facilities
  • Engineering Workshop
  • New about our Academic and Technical Staff
  • Scholarshops

Creative Events newsletter Feb 2014

View the webpage and download all Newsletters

The Voice finalist records at School of Music and Fine Art

Jamie Johnson, finalist of BBC’s The Voice is recording his pre-album demo ahead of his first studio album in Kent’s state of the art music facilities.Jamie Johnson School of Music and Fine Art

A member of pop icon Kylie Minogue’s team in the show, Jamie will record all six tracks which he performed during the series in the University’s professional recording studio, part of its School of Music and Fine Art based at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Returning to Medway after the show’s finale last Saturday (5 May), the 19 year old has selected the University’s facilities for its  flag ship studio  located  near to his hometown of Gillingham.

The Foundry recording studio, which is part of the University of Kent’s multi million pound dockyard facility produces high quality recordings and provides a platform for artists to produce professional standard work. Jamie will also be supported by two of the School’s studio technicians when he records the  tracks.

Phil Marsh, head of technical support said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to provide professional level studio time to one of the UK’s latest music artists. Jamie did incredibly well in The Voice and despite not winning the competition he knows that most of the singers who go on to succeed after the competition are the runners’ up. We hope that by providing  high class recording facilities we can help give his career the success he is looking for.’

‘Being local to Medway and having state-of-the art facilities of this calibre at the University of Kent is fantastic. I worked in a number of studios during rehearsals on The Voice and these are definitely on a par with the ones I used when I was singing alongside Kylie Minogue. I’m eager to record my debut album so people can continue to listen to my music now my journey as part of The Voice has come to an end’ says Jamie.

Jamie Johnson in Foundry Studio

Other artists and musicians can utilise the University’s School of Music and Fine Art recording facilities following the introduction of an independent record label based at the University.

The label will provide up and coming artists, particularly from the South East, the opportunity to use professional studio facilities in Kent to produce their work.



BBC’s ‘The Voice’ Jamie Johnson visits our Dockyard facilities

Jamie Johnson visits the School

BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ runner up, Jamie Johnson visits the School of Music and Fine Art to see our facilities and meet the students.

We were more than delighted to welcome a special guest, who paid an impromptu visit to the School yesterday. Fresh off the TV show and rigourous 14 hour days, local lad Jamie wanted to visit the School, meet our students and see our fantastic facilities here at the Dockyard.

Jamie and his support were shown around the School and, in particular our state of the art recording facilities. He was suitably impressed by the space and equipment we have here.
He was shown around some of the other studios and met up with some students for an informal chat.

We were pleased that Jamie took some time out of his day to pay us a visit and we would be pleased to welcome him back in the future.



Join our BMus Music Ensembles at Colyer-Fergusson – Weds 9th April, 1pm

Join our music students for a FREE Lunchtime Concert Performance

Coyler-Fergusson Building,
Lunchtime Performance

Join our BMus Music students for a mixed programme of old and new music, by composers Bryn Harrison, Michael Parsons, Jennifer Walshe, Mira Calix, Dowland, Tallis, Michael Nyman, Cornelius Cardew and Lawrence Crane.


Colyer-Fergusson Music Building
University of Kent,
Canterbury, Kent


Fine Art Students Telling Stories

Forthcoming exhibition features work of two Fine Art students-Telling Stories and Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery present:

Telling Stories #2

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  • 4 April – 31 May
  • Private View Invitation:
    Friday 4 April  6 – 8pm

School of Music and Fine Art are delighted to promote this upcoming exhibition featuring the work of BA(Hons) Fine Art student Sophie Dixon and MA Fine Art student Maeve Buckenham. The Telling Stories and Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery present Telling Stories#2.
This is the second group exhibition in Sevenoaks showing work by artists interpreting the theme of Telling Stories; considering the role of artists as storytellers and addressing ideas of communication and mis-communication.

You are warmly invited to the opening night of Telling Stories #2 at Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery on Friday, 4 April between 6 and 8pm.
The Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery is a contemporary space run by Kent County Council to show new work from established and emerging artists.

Further information about the gallery can be found here. Information on Telling Stories can be found here.

The exhibition is free to visitors and runs from 4 April – 31 May.

Buckhurst Lane,
TN13 1LQ

RSVP and Enquiries:

Open Studio Preview Invitation

School of Music and Fine Art, 2nd Year BA Fine Art students present their work at the Historic Dockyard Chatham in an Open Studio Exhibition.

Private View: Friday 4th April 18.00-21.00
Public View: Saturday 5th April 11.00-15.00
BridgeWardens College, 2nd Floor.


You are warmly invited to join the University of Kent’s School of Music and Fine Art ‘Open Studio Preview’ where our undergraduate Fine Art second year students will be presenting some of their new work.

The Open Studio will be open for private viewing on Friday 4th April, and open to the public on Saturday 5th April. All welcome and free to attend on the 5th.

Do pop along and support our students for a few surprises.

Please note: You will need to gain access to the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Whilst this event is free, the Dockyard access is not unless visiting an event.
Students and Staff will need to show their KENT ONE ID passes on arrival.

External visitors will need to download the attached document for Dockyard Access.
Invitation to Open Studios