Patrick, MFA in Art Writing (graduated 2010)
Due to the popularity of this programme we ask you for a deposit of £450 to secure any offer made to you after applying for the programme. The deposit will be credited against your tuition fees when you enrol.
Application deadline: Thursday 1 December for entry the following September; we may consider late applications if there are vacancies. You should not normally expect to receive a decision until the end of March.
Please enclose with your application your recent work in an appropriately documented form. Please supply publications, written work and/or CDs/DVDs (these must be Mac compatible) as appropriate to your work. All materials must be clearly labelled with a covering inventory of contents. Please ensure that all materials are securely packaged and clearly labelled with your name and address; Goldsmiths can't accept responsibility for any loss or damage. Please see Returning your work.
Admission is normally by interview and portfolio inspection. We may ask international (non-EU) students who can't attend for interview to supply additional examples of their work.
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Applicants for Part One (diploma stage): an undergraduate degree of at least second class (or international equivalent) plus element of professional experience (developing self-generated projects, independent practice, publication etc).
Applicants for entry directly onto Part Two of the programme for either full-time or part-time routes must show through interview and, where appropriate, portfolio that they have established a professional practice in the field and have already fulfilled the criteria demanded at the end of Part One of the programme through professional experience.
If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent. Find out more about our English Language requirements.
This unique programme is expansive in its approach to contemporary art writing, and is supported by the appointment of three new Professors – Yve Lomax, Michael Newman and Adrian Rifkin, together with the Director of Art Writing, Maria Fusco.
Practical exploration will be contextualised through critical and analytical seminars in which art writing, as an intrinsic element of contemporary art production and its distribution, is debated.
The programme draws on the international scope of contemporary art practice at Goldsmiths, and in London, and extends through practical exploration the interplay of artworks and art writing in innovative ways.
The programme is divided into two parts – Part One (diploma stage; one year full-time) and Part Two (MA stage; can be taken either full-time or, where appropriate, part-time [one academic year followed by one calendar year]).
Students who successfully complete Part One proceed to Part Two. You may be able to enter the programme directly onto Part Two if you have relevant professional experience.
We are pleased to offer graduating students a new award, The Book Works Award for Art Writing.
MFA Art Writing has collaborated with a number of well-known institutions including:
To see collaborative work produced by current and previous MFA Art Writing students please visit:
Recent guest speakers and tutors have included:
You'll develop written, verbal, critical and analytical skills to professional and academic standard.
Suitable careers for graduates of the programme include:
"Joining the MFA in Art Writing was crucial for me to further examine the implications of writing in the shaping of my research.
One of the main aspects I’ve explored and enhanced during my two years at Goldsmiths is in fact my inclination for research and the way it reflects into writing, and how the two affect each other.
I can now look at the various disciplines and languages that inform my work, and bring them within writing as a format which allows me to reflect critically and experientially on each of them."
Daniela, MFA Art Writing
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