"At Goldsmiths I found myself engaged in a critical, insightful and wonderfully active academic environment."
Throughout my PhD I am researching the role of critical theory in Visual and Performance Art Education. I began my practice and theory research project in September 2003. My previous academic experience includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1996, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998. I decided to leave New York for the United Kingdom in order to work with a truly interdisciplinary curriculum structure. Goldsmiths, University of London, is a place whose strong reputation for training in the visual arts prevails.
I moved to London during a heat wave in August 2003, splitting time between establishing a residence in South London, and exploring the city itself. Once the autumn term had begun, I found myself engaged in a critical, insightful, and wonderfully active academic environment. Seminars, lectures, visiting artist talks, social evenings in the pub; it was all constant, informational, and very exciting. I began work on my research as soon as possible, with the help of a strong network of student colleagues.
In the subsequent months at Goldsmiths I have been involved in a number of volunteer and paid work opportunities. With a team of students from Cultural Studies, we produced a conference on art and theory that combined digital artists, designers, curators, theorists, and lecturers. The conference was supported by a number of departments at the college, and attended by students, faculty, staff, and the public. This experience has proven unique and extremely challenging and probably my most memorable time at the College.
When giving advice to prospective students and researchers considering working on their degrees abroad I would have to say look carefully at the personnel and personalities of the institution you are considering. I am finding my time at Goldsmiths unique and rewarding and I wish other students luck and foresight in their decision to study in the United Kingdom.
Programme and year of study:
PhD in Cultural Studies