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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

School of Performance and Screen Studies - overview

‘Knowledge and know-how, thinking and doing’

The School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston University (PASS) is a thriving community of over 1000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Whether you come to us to study Dance, Drama, Film, Music, or Media and Television, you will be taught by world-leading researchers and talented and experienced creative practitioners who bring their knowledge and connections with industry into the classroom. You will also have your own dedicated dance, drama and music studios, as well as filmmaking and media production facilities.

Kingston’s emphasis is on teaching subjects relevant to the world today, and producing graduates able to make a positive contribution to that world. This means that in PASS we value knowledge and know-how, thinking and doing. The School is a space for the exchange of ideas, but when you study here you will also be making theatre, making dance, making music, making films, and making cutting-edge digital media. So, not only will you get a high quality education with us, but you will gain vital practical skills that you can take into the world.

In addition to classroom work, students in the School benefit from a rich programme of extra-curricular opportunities, including musical ensembles, the Dance Society, and drama and film groups. Students from different parts of the School work together on projects, and many of our students put on their own productions or work as interns for Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival. You will also be able to draw on the professional spaces and expertise of the Rose Theatre, one of our local partners. And of course London, with its thriving cultural industries, and unmatched performing arts scene, is right on your doorstep.

As Head of School, I am proud of the diversity and dynamism of our staff, and of our vibrant mix of local and international students. I am also proud of our commitment to support all who can benefit from a Kingston University education, regardless of background, so that they can participate fully and complete it successfully. We set high standards for ourselves, and expect the same from our students, challenging them to experiment, create, and innovate.

I look forward to welcoming you to the School and to Kingston.


The School of Performance and Screen Studies brings together the fields of Dance, Drama, Film Studies, Media, Music and TV Studies. Please visit our departments for more information.


Dance department

Study of dance practice at Kingston is informed by its social and historical context and offers excellence through diversity.


Drama department

Courses offered in Drama provide grounding in performance and its social context.

Film, Television and New Broadcast Media

Film, Media and TV department

We offer a programme where your understanding of theory, history and analysis strengthens and improves your practical work.


Music department

Music at Kingston offers a stimulating mixture of practical and theoretical study.

School of Performance and Screen Studies

Jason Piper
Associate Professor

Head of School of Performance and Screen Studies
Kingston University, London