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Karen

"I have been able to explore new areas of interest, structure my understanding of contemporary art discourse and develop my own artistic language and technical skills."

Both my art teachers at college graduated from Goldsmiths; although they had varying artistic practices and different modes of production, there was a profound depth to their knowledge and methodologies that I myself wished to attain through a challenging and comprehensive university education. Thus I joined the Fine Art and History of Art Joint Honours course, which has proven to be a most rigorous and rewarding experience. Drawing from and weaving between the domains of practice and theory, I have been able to explore new areas of interest, structure my understanding of contemporary art and discourse, develop my own artistic language and technical skills, as well as question accepted patterns and processes of thought.

I find that Goldsmiths, and my course in particular, not only provides me with the opportunity to continually (re)learn and (re)discover, but also demands of every student the ambition and ability to persistently reassess themselves, so as to stimulate improvement, so each individual develops and finds conviction in their own subjective perspectives. My time here has been saturated with memorable encounters, I definitely intend to make the most of the moments yet to be.

Ming

Your current position: PhD Student in Film and Visual Studies, Harvard University
How did studying at Goldsmiths prepare you for the future? What attracted me to Goldsmiths was the possibility to pursue coursework in two areas that I was interested in: the practice of art making and a more discursive approach towards theories of art. Where the course is highly successful is in its capacity to synthesize these two skillsets. For example, the 'group critique', part of the Fine Art curriculum, offers the chance to gather serious feedback on your personal practice from your peers; yet, it also presents a space to engage in detailed readings and analysis of artworks, affording a proximity to the 'raw' artistic process that one would not usually encounter while pursuing a degree in Art History.

The tutors have been remarkably encouraging, inspiring and insightful and are a huge plus of the course. I greatly appreciate their commitment to developing the singular aspects of students' interests. Walking through our recent Degree Show, the diversity and heterogeneity of practices is striking: a testament to the pedagogical ethos at Goldsmiths.

Jan

"The depth of knowledge of the lecturers and professors really left an impression on me, as they are at the cutting edge of their field of expertise."

I have heard so many good things about Goldsmiths, especially about their Media and Communication department. In the Graduate Diploma in Media and Communications I have learnt much about the effective ways of research as well as how to academically present ideas and concepts. My first year here at Goldsmiths has totally liberated me in understanding and rethinking social norms and culture constructs.

Personally, the essence of the Graduate Diploma course is not just to develop academic learning skills, but to sharpen my understanding of how the world is shaped, especially when we went through the Critical Moments of Western Thoughts. Here at Goldsmiths no matter how banal the subject is, there is always this aspect of dynamic liberation, as we are encouraged to push and develop this skill of looking beyond the binary distinction that has been so naturalized.

The depth of knowledge of the lecturers and professors really left an impression on me, as they are at the cutting edge of their field of expertise and their passion to hand down their knowledge is remarkable. After this course I am highly anticipating the things I will learn in MA Brands, Communication and Culture in the coming term.

Ho Leng

"The core modules and seminars offered a brilliant array of contemporary ideas, existential knowledge, constructive criticism and debates."

Leading a student's life again might be seemingly banal. After graduating from my BA in graphic communications and working for the past four years as a brand consultant in Asia, I never expected to study full time postgraduate school in the UK. I was a trained photojournalist with a local newspaper (The Straits Times) in 2007, subsequently found my own company to do commercial work while lecturing part time in a media design school. However, working in the secular world overtime had literally burned me out. Although I had some experience in exhibiting my works before, I'd discovered that I lacked of suffice critical understanding to advocate my photographic work beyond the level of aesthetics. MA in Photography & Urban Cultures precisely examines the layers of content and context of a visual portfolio which is written cohesively within an essay.

The Sociology department of Goldsmiths has given me the opportunity to be nefariously open-minded, and explore many aspects of ideology, theory, philosophy... I am able to theorize my ongoing photographic practice now, and reinstate my status as a fine arts photographer. The learning experience has expanded my capacity and improved my writing skills. The core modules and seminars offered a brilliant array of contemporary ideas, existential knowledge, constructive criticism and debates; they were highly informative and useful. I was very much enlightened by my multinational classmates during our seminar discussions, and our 'coffee breaks' outside of the University. Although we had different academic backgrounds, we shared a common agenda, 'questioning about the peripheries of photography used as a visual medium and its relevance in today's social context'.

In addition to the curriculum, the workshops that I took part in were taught by interesting and inspirational staff members who made a personal significance to polish our photography technique. I would like to recognize the help and sound editorial advice from my course convenor Paul Halliday, who was of great assistance in encouraging me to curate my first photographic exhibition (An 'Urban' Analogue held during the 2013 IVSA conference) in the University and to set a new career path. Thank you for providing me with such an opportunity to study my Masters degree with Goldsmiths. It was a challenging and demanding year, but the satisfaction was immense; every moment had an awesome end.

Lisa

BA Fine Art (Extension degree)

"The sheer diversity of the student body is incredible, just walk along Goldsmiths' corridors and you'll see people from just about everywhere!"

Before coming to Goldsmiths all I had heard about it was two things, 'Damien Hirst' and 'experimental'. Terrible way to sum up a College, but being 'experimental' was good enough a reason for me to pack my bags and enrol in Goldsmiths for a 4 year BA course. I could never quite envisage any institution being radical without looking like it was trying too hard, and so far it has been an amazing year understanding what these liberties mean for my education as an individual and an artist. Being an overseas student means learning a lot of lessons the hard way, coming from a dissimilar cultural background, but it also means that learning reaches an experimental place – and while Goldsmiths grounds itself on a highly independent and self-motivated way of learning, friendly tutors and support groups means there is always someone to consult should any issues go out of hand. The sheer diversity of the student body is also incredible, just walk along Goldsmiths' corridors and you'll see people from just about everywhere!

Amandas

BA Anthropology & Media

"I would recommend the 'Goldsmiths education' to anyone who is interested in being a learner for life."

I first learnt about Goldsmiths through one of my art teachers in high school. He graduated from Goldsmiths about 10 years ago and frequently told us stories about its dynamic learning environment and unconventional approach to tertiary education. Friends who had visited Goldsmiths on school trips also conveyed the same positive response with regard to the school environment. After I took my A-levels, I was deliberating between a few universities in London, but eventually settled on Goldsmiths because of the favourable accounts I had encountered, as well as its unique location. Since then, I have never looked back.

Studying anthropology and media at Goldsmiths has encouraged me to contemplate alternative ways of constructing modern consciousness and movements in academia. More importantly, I am deeply impressed by Goldsmiths' focus on the need to translate our academic experiences into a more socially responsible lifestyle. In my time here, I have been inspired to volunteer and intern at a variety of museums and institutions. Through my knowledge of the pertinent socio-cultural issues that have been raised in the classroom, I have been able to offer more informed and nuanced perspectives within the context of my work environments.

My departments (Anthropology/Media and Communications) and my fellow schoolmates have been incredibly helpful as well in creating a friendly and conducive atmosphere for learning. I have also had the opportunity to meet with reputable staff members who are often pioneers in their respective fields. I would recommend the 'Goldsmiths education' to anyone who is interested in being a learner for life.

Elvis

BA Fine Art (Extension Degree)

"The tutors are helpful in aiding and guiding us in our art practice, giving us ample time to gain knowledge and understanding in lessons and to develop our studio practice."

Goldsmiths has so far has lived up to its title of being one of the finest colleges for fine art in London, and I have enjoyed my first year of study in Goldsmiths immensely. The tutors have proven to be helpful, critical in aiding and guiding us in our art practice, and the structure of the programme has been well organized, giving us ample time to both gain knowledge and understanding in lessons, as well as giving us the space and time to develop and work on our studio practice.

It is also surreal to see how Goldsmiths provides amazing facilities that can help the students in their studio practice and I am not only talking about the numerous immensely well-facilitated research labs but also by their art talks inviting some of London's finest artists to come and share their knowledge to the students. Moreover, Goldsmiths capitalizes its strength in its location of London, structuring lessons and outings around the exciting art scene in London, organizing trips and outings to museums and art fairs and all. It is only my first year but I look forward to developing myself and enjoying the next three years of education.

Terence

PhD Visual Sociology

"My choice to come to Goldsmiths was largely the allure of the new Visual Sociology PhD programme. Since registering at Goldsmiths, I have found myself in an extremely forward-looking, interdisciplinary and sometimes quirky environment a feel of creativity which my research feeds on and thrives in."

Jessica

MA Journalism

"The print journalism course at Goldsmiths is very reputable so it was a natural choice."

I am currently a business journalist at The Straits Times, and I primarily cover property, environment and energy issues with a business focus. The most difficult aspect of my job is finding your own scoops, which requires an extensive contact base and a lot of 'working the ground' - especially for property/housing stories. For energy and environment, such topics are frequently technical, so I 'break down' a lot of jargon into layman terms so that my audience still find my stories readable and sexy.

In a couple of months, I will be launching a non-profit Asia Pacific environmental business news website, eco-business.com, which aims to provide unique content to this community in the region. I will be the editor, and I'll work in partnership with a local environmental NGO. Often while researching environmental business news, I have found a lack of quality content, and also not much focused news analysis and commentaries on Asia's green businesses. Eco-business hopes to fill this gap. It will also have a global network of environmental writers, who will contribute quality, unique content.

I got a scholarship with Singapore Press Holdings, which paid for me to go overseas to study journalism. I chose to come to Goldsmiths because I had friends who'd been here before and had said good things about the college. The print journalism course is very reputable so it was a natural choice. I wanted to get a good grounding in journalism and gain more experience in this field as I knew it would be the next step towards a more fulfilling job. I enjoyed that the course took a holistic approach to teaching journalism.

We tried our hand in every genre of writing and in every level of production, from the logistics, to business plan, to the reporting, sub-editing, design etc. I discovered that I loved sub-editing and laying out almost as much as I like writing, which was quite unexpected. What was particularly relevant was learning the skills inherent in good writing, reporting and sub-editing. It helps you to be a more well-rounded journalist as you can perceive your whole story not just by its content, but also visually. Of course, the work experience really helped as well because you gain a lot of contacts. It wasn't very hard to find a job after the course, as one of the conditions of the scholarship was that I returned and worked for Singapore Press Holdings. My most enjoyable experience at Goldsmiths was making some great friends on the course. We managed to produce some work (and good memories) that we are all very proud of.

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