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Culture

Education

At undergraduate and postgraduate level, King's students enjoy an extensive range of opportunities to engage with arts and culture as part of their formal and informal education.

Curriculum based programmes

Many of the university's courses involve internships or experiential modules delivered in collaboration with leading cultural institutions, capitalising on the university’s central London location and its strong relationships with the sector.

These include:

Master's Programmes

In addition to these collaborative programmes, art and culture orientated modules, student selected components and initiatives can be found across King's Faculties including: 

Medical Humanities

King's offers a number of student selected components open to students across our health schools, complementing their anatomical studies and clinical learning and ensuring a well-rounded and diverse education. Components include Medicine and Art: Representing the body and Arts in Healthcare: Performing Medicine, among others. Full details are available via the Faculty of Life Science & Medicine.

Nursing & Midwifery

Student nurses and midwives at King's all complete the Culture and Care module in their first year and have the option to select the second module of the programme. Culture and Care is a programme of activities that places creativity at the heart of the educational experience, releasing talent and energy. Full details of the Culture and Care module are available via the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery.

Classics

The Classics Department, part of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, has ongoing education and research projects in collaboration with the British Museum. Find out more on the Classics webpages.

Extracurricular activity

Student opportunities at King’s are shaped by the way the university is able to draw London into its activities and, as a major feature of London, culture is a distinctive characteristic of the King’s experience. The university’s partnerships with the cultural sector offer our students opportunities that open their minds in ways that stay with them for life. 

Examples of current opportunities include:

  • The King's Cultural Experience Award is a co-curricular programme offering experiential and creative learning outside of students' formal studies. Through a programme of ideas labs, creative workshops, walks, and guided tours running through the Autumn Term, King's students are enabled to extend their knowledge of the richness and range of arts and cultural venues and activities in London in a fun, sociable and supported way. It is part of the wider King’s Experience Awards.
  • King’s Cultural Challenge, which invites students to propose a response to key sector challenges, competing to win one of four paid internships with one of the UK’s leading cultural organisations. To prepare for the challenge, students are offered skills training in presenting, pitching and ideas development and expert coaching from leaders across the cultural industries.

‘The Cultural Challenge was the perfect platform for me to test my cultural and creative capacities and present them to London’s cultural leaders. The pitching experience gave me great confidence, and winning an internship at Southbank Centre has opened up amazing opportunities.’
Marie Ortinau, Cultural Challenge winner 2014

  • Internships, which offer all-important opportunities for our students to bridge the gap between their study and the world of work. The university’s partnerships with arts and cultural organisations allows King’s to offer tailored internships that provide both original learning opportunities and real-world work experience, building critical – and universal – attributes for today’s increasingly competitive job market such as creativity, flexibility and imagination. This helps sustain King’s position in the top three universities for graduate employability.

    King's Internships Summer Scheme offers students a range of project-driven, paid internships both on campus and with partner organisations around London, while the university’s Global Internships Programme provides six-week international internships in Shanghai, Mumbai and Washington DC. 

‘I found the internship incredibly useful for forging a future career path and learning about a sector I had until then never otherwise known about.’
Lloyd Ross, BA History - Research Policy Intern at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

  • The university’s annual Undergraduate Research Fellows initiative, which has seen several students work on cultural projects. Recent assignments include analysis of a three-year longitudinal tracker of the UK public’s attitudes towards cultural events and activities; an in-depth review of the ways in which the main political parties’ manifestos for the 2015 general election spoke about arts and culture; and an examination of audience data collected from King’s flagship cultural space, the Inigo Rooms, over its first three years. 
  • King’s College London’s active Student Union supports over 260 societies providing students with cultural and creative opportunities unique to King’s and that capitalise on the university’s central London location.

‘My experience at King’s would be far different, and probably far less enjoyable, without the cultural engagement I’ve been lucky enough to have. It has added richness to my studies by providing context and dimension to the books and articles and widening my horizons beyond the lecture hall. The cultural events and institutions I’ve engaged with have surprised me, confused me, excited me and ignited my curiosity – prompting me to ask my own questions and formulate my own ideas about my studies and the world around me. It’s been an invaluable addition to my time at King’s, and I can’t overstate the importance of cultural engagement in translating and transcending academic studies.’
Emma Lawrence, 3rd year English with Film BA.

Education collaborations with the cultural sector are brokered by the university’s Cultural Institute.

If your department would like a King's course or cultural programme featured on this page, please contact culture@kcl.ac.uk.

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