"We've nurtured the creative arts at Goldsmiths for years, but the work we do here is not just artistic; we're also heavily involved in the social sciences and technology, and those disciplines interact with eachother brilliantly and mean that our students can apply creativity to real-life problems.
You often have students who are amazing musicians, but also great computer programmers. In other institutions they may have felt forced into making a choice between these two things; here you can be a performer but also work on high-end computing work. We’re always thinking how we can give our students the skills to get maximum advantage from their own ideas.
Regardless of what course you study, you'll find that Goldsmiths has a particular kind of creative energy that informs everything we do. This isn't something that the institution has willed into existence itself, nor is it down to an act of strategic planning, but I think there are some things about Goldsmiths that create this energy, and the main one is our location.
Being away from the centre of London is useful – I think it suits the artistic temperament. I’ve never known an artist who wasn’t some kind of outsider, so I think there is something about not being in a leafy urban square in central London that is useful, and encourages our students to innovate, regardless of their discipline."
From the moment you enrol you’ll be part of a powerful legacy of learning. We’ve a rich academic history, but we’re also known for our creative approach.
At Goldsmiths you’ll look at subjects differently. We take an interdisciplinary approach to all our degree courses, which means you won’t find our subjects prescriptive and you won’t find our teaching dull either.
You’ll be taught by and will debate with the best in the field: the people who write the books that appear on reading lists across the country. Our academics carry out pioneering research in areas as diverse as infant recognition and the anthropology of gambling.
With 1,400 students currently accessing work placements, and interdisciplinary programmes that reflect and respond to contemporary concerns and current practice, from the moment you join us we’ll be helping you shape your career.
We are small but mighty – a close-knit community that comes from every corner of the world, which makes for a diverse learning experience (and plenty of stimulating conversation). We’re based on a single-site campus within London’s vibrant New Cross, but we’re also just minutes from the heart of this great global city, home to major cultural landmarks including the National Theatre and Tate Modern.
At Goldsmiths you can be whoever who you want to be. We nurture individual talent, providing a safe and supportive environment to grow academically and personally. Our former students reflect Goldsmiths’ brand of magic across the world, and are shaping the socio-cultural landscape on a global scale.
Our alumni have reached the top of their professions and have the trophy cabinets to prove it. Among our former students are 7 winners of the Turner Prize and recipients of Ivor Novellos, Emmys, BAFTAs, Olympic medals and Mercury prizes. Not forgetting an Academy Award.
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