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Department of Media and Communications

Welcome to the Department of Media and Communications

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An introduction to our Department

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From the Leveson Inquiry to the future of the BBC, the study of Media and Communications addresses the important questions of our times. At Goldsmiths, that study is creative and critical.

We focus on a broad understanding of media and communications, looking at a range of areas from philosophical perspectives on technology and human life and the role of news in a democracy to global screen cultures, and issues of identity.  

Our degrees demand a critical engagement with media, culture and communications through a mix of theory and practice. Here, you will be debating ideas with internationally renowned academics while being taught practice by industry professionals.

This means you might explore how a platform such as Facebook makes people feel, how it’s organised economically, how your data is tracked, stored and used, how it creates networks and then think about how it could be done differently. 


News and Debate


  • A few of our MPhil/PhD students will be screening their films at Hackney Picture House
  • Natalie Fenton gave the 2014 Dallas Smythe Memorial Lecture
  • Read Des Freedman's letter, published in The Guardian, criticising the government's trebling of tuition fees, and calling for other possibilities.
  • Des Freedman also wrote for The Conversation, claiming that the descrimination of non-payment of license fees is a barely disguised attack on the BBC.
  • Alison Owen, producer, was our special guest at the recent Olive Till Memorial Debate.
  • Former animation and illustration lecturer Jane Stobart has been shortlisted for this year's Royal Academy Summer Show, click here for further information.
  • Amanda Vilani Nurvadila, current MA Screen Documentary student, exhibits her short film A Long Way to Go as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
  • We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ)
  • We are all deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor Stuart Hall: an inspirational academic and activist who had a profound impact on the field of media, communications and cultural studies.  He will be greatly missed.  You can read an obituary written by David Morley and Bill Schwarz here.

SPOTLIGHT keeps you updated with the exciting projects, events and research of our students, staff and alumna.

It brings together the news and images of the people who make this one of the world's leading departments for media teaching and research!

"Goldsmiths is a place of discovery, and incubator of talent, frenzy of ideas and platform to view the world differently."

James Peachey
BA Media and Communications

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