Goldsmiths is a creative university, and these are times for creative solutions in communities. Funding regimes and policy demand more and more complex partnerships between local people, local authorities, VCS bodies, professionals and service providers. Responding to need in creative ways is essential, and we work with students to develop a portfolio of creative community skills.
We’re creative in the sense of being entrepreneurial, and thinking outside the box - about how to work in community settings in a context which is really difficult and complex.
We emphasise the creative arts as a way of engaging and intervening in community settings, especially through drama and music.
We continue Goldsmiths’ proud tradition of creative community activism and advocacy, working to think and rethink the challenging environment we’re part of in South East London, and beyond.
Our portfolio of programmes in youth work and community development with pathways or modules in community arts is available at BA, MA, MPhil and PhD levels (with awards also available at HE Cert, PG Dip and PG Cert).
All courses may be taken part time or full time.
BA programme convenor: David Woodger
MA programme convenor: Dr Kalbir Shukra
MPhil & PhD programme convenor: Prof Adam Dinham
We have been offering a range of courses for professional qualification in Youth & Community Work since 1970. Our BA and MA degrees confer professional qualification as Youth & Community Workers, with JNC status. For further details of the course content and admissions requirements, click on the links.
“My advice to any prospective students: if you are going to study, come to a university that is renowned for a teaching style which is fun, creative, interactive and student friendly. This BA will equip you with core theoretical knowledge while also giving you the opportunity to obtain extensive practical experience to ensure when you go into practice as a professional you are not only qualified but prepared and fully trained in your profession.”
Mark, BA Applied Social Science, Community Development & Youth Work
Research & impacts
Community Studies staff are research active in the areas of youth voice, votes and participation; faiths, religious literacy and civil society; community engagement and activism; group work, racism and ethnic minority political participation.
Details can be found on the research pages at www.gold.ac.uk/stacs/research
The department incorporates the Centre for Community Research and Engagement which works with community partners to support their research and reflection needs, and to develop collaborative research projects, evaluations and events for networking and influencing decision-making and change. Students have opportunities to engage with the centre’s activities.
In addition, the Faiths & Civil Society Unit is a leading centre for research about faith communities and faith-based community development. Again, students are welcome to get involved. For further details visit www.gold.ac.uk/faithsunit
Our leading academics advise governments and policy makers, carry out evaluations and research on topical and pressing issues, and publish and present findings nationally and internationally.
Staff are available for PhD supervision in a wide range of specialisms in Community Studies. If you are thinking of undertaking an MPhil or PhD, please feel welcome to contact Professor Adam Dinham for an informal conversation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Graduate, BA Applied Social Science, Community Development and Youth Work
About your experience on the programme
Prior to starting this course I was very shy and lacked confidence. The programme has given me the knowledge to challenge poor practice, it has also given me a platform where I could be myself and a safe haven where I could explore my emotions and talk about topics that are usually not allowed to discuss. I also enjoyed learning about social policy and management, before starting this course. I was totally oblivious of the policies and the different style of management and the importance of reflective practice.
This course has been extremely positive both professionally and personally. It has equipped me with the necessary skills and tools to work with young people within the community while helping me to discover my inner greatness. I enrolled onto the programme with two children and I completed the course with three children.
The programme has given me the knowledge to speak confidently on various topics such as inequality, injustice, and racism. Although at time I felt some of the discussion brought up were very sensitive and controversial on the positive side it helped us a group to challenge ourselves and come out of our comfort zone and developed as potential practitioner. Overall this programme has taught me how to appreciate the social diversity we have in UK especially in London. The effort and supports the staff's put into the course and the students are amazing.