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Natasha

BA Drama & Theatre Arts

"What made Goldsmiths stand out to me was the embracing nature and laidback attitude it presented."

I was out of school for over two years working and travelling before I decided that I wanted to attend university. In my first gap year in 2007 I travelled around Europe and was lucky enough to be able to experience and become involved in a few endeavours of university life in London, as I had a number of friends commencing fresher’s year.

I was thrilled about the dynamics and general aspirational flow of the university lifestyle. Through witnessing and being able to draw upon this small yet rewarding experience, I fell in love with the idea of studying in the UK. I seized the opportunity and started my own research into the British university system. Being a foreign student not knowing much about the universities in the UK, and doing it on my own without much guidance, it was hard for me to decide on which uni was the best to apply to for drama, specifically around the London area. 

What made Goldsmiths stand out to me was the embracing nature and laidback attitude it presented and its acceptance to whomever you are as a person no matter where you are from and what background. The strong arts and performance foundation Goldsmiths holds grabbed my attention more than anything and its intimate yet vibrant community appealed very much to me.

The amount of freedom given to the students was ideal as well, as the creativity Goldsmiths is renowned for was the epitome of perfection. What made me decide to attend Goldsmiths in the end was simply by word of mouth. Most people, strangers and people I know, strongly urged me to consider Goldsmiths as my option due to the inventive, unique and edgy reputation Goldsmiths has as a university.

Sophie

BA Fine Art & History of Art

"The critical perspective I gained in my art history studies was invaluable and continues to inform my work, teaching, and thinking."

Moving from Melbourne, Australia, to study at Goldsmiths was an amazing education for me. I studied Fine Art and Art History, and graduated in 2001. I concentrated on photography and architectural history, which allowed me to explore London with my camera and immerse myself in looking at, thinking about and making art. I spent most weekends at museums and galleries around the city, and I spent many cold nights out taking photographs. Despite the challenges of the program, having so much time to read, think and make artwork was such a luxury - one I continue to appreciate long after graduation.

I now live in New York, and teach as a Visiting Associate Professor in the department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. I’ve recently exhibited my work at venues like the Smithsonian and the Armory Show in the US, the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo, and galleries in Seoul, Melbourne, Sydney, Paris and elsewhere. Even though I work with new media now, I continue to draw on the education in photography I received at Goldsmiths. The critical perspective I gained in my art history studies was invaluable and continues to inform my work, teaching, and thinking.

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