Why study in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths? 

In the Department of Visual Cultures we explore and produce new forms of art history and theory in a culturally diverse and intellectually challenging environment. Our distinctive focus is on modern and contemporary artistic, visual and spatial practices.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we look at these practices in an international context and consider the ways in which they engage with urgent social, cultural and political issues. Throughout your art history degree you will explore visual culture within a framework of critical theory, philosophy and cultural studies. Areas of particular interest include cultural difference, performativity, curatorial strategy, the urban environment, aurality, encounters with audiences and the production of subjectivities. 

Study abroad

The Department of Visual Cultures offers an Erasmus scheme which enables you to live in a European city for part of your degree 

An introduction to the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths

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Rachel Lois, Co-Director of Open Dialogues

"The contacts I made there continue to be a valuable resource in my work."

In the BA (Fine Art & History of Art) standards were high and no compromises were made in terms of prior experience and knowledge. I often described it as a boot camp for artists. Stakes were equally high in the MA; the course consisted almost entirely of experienced/mature professionals and those who already had post graduate qualifications in other related areas. The contacts I made there continue to be a valuable resource in my work.

I am now co-director of Open Dialogues, a UK collaboration that produces writing on and as performance. Since 2008 Open Dialogues has pioneered a model of working closely with performance and Live Art artists to critically respond, document and extend the moment of performance. Programme partners include The Live Art Development Agency (UK), Pacitti Company (UK), Trinity Laban (UK), Performa Biennial (US) and Performance Saga (CH) among others.

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