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An art degree from Goldsmiths has an international reputation. As well as teaching you contemporary art making, curating and writing practices, it will enable you to progress into a variety of careers.

What skills will I gain from an Art degree?

Studying Art at Goldsmiths will provide you with a variety of skills that can be applied to a broad range of employment areas. These include creative problem solving, resourcefulness, observational and analytical skills, working to briefs, meeting deadlines and making timely decisions. 

What kinds of industries can I work in as an art graduate?

  • Community and Education
    Community arts workers collaborate with groups and organisations at a local level. As an arts worker you will encourage the use of artistic activities to support the development of the local community. Generally arts workers are employed in areas where there are social, cultural or environmental issues that need to be addressed.
  • Curating and PR
    Curators work within museums, galleries, heritage centres and tourist attractions. They acquire, care for, develop and display a collection of artwork or artefacts in order to inform, educate and entertain the public. Alongside this you may be involved in other activities such as public relations and marketing.
  • Galleries and Arts Organisations
    After graduating you may decide to work as a freelance artist or behind the scenes as an arts administrator. In this vibrant industry no two days are ever the same. As an arts administrator your job will involve planning and organising logistics related to events, buildings, performers/artists and other personnel. As a freelance artist you will interact with galleries and arts organisations and manage your own time, working to produce artworks for exhibition or sale.

Where do Goldsmiths art graduates work?

Art graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries. Some of our recent graduates now work for companies as diverse as British Council, V&A, Tate, Snapchat and Frieze. They also work as practising artists and filmmakers.

Art graduate stories:

Irini Papadimitriou

Photo of  Irini Papadimitriou
"My work brings together artists, designers, engineers and scientists presenting intersections of art, design and technology."

At the V&A, I am responsible for programmes such as Digital Futures - an open platform & networking event for displaying and discussing work by researchers, artists, designers, companies and other professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond - and I am also curating the annual Digital Design Weekend - a big-scale event that brings together artists, designers, engineers and scientists presenting intersections of art, design and technology.

At Watermans, I am curating the exhibition programme and an annual Digital Performance festival, exploring intersections in digital art, dance, sound, performance, science and more.

Curated projects highlights include Unleashed Devices, an exhibition of DIY media, hacking/tinkering; Scenocosme’s immersive forest installation Alsos and interactive garden Akousmaflore; ISOCULTURE, exploring extreme living conditions and isolation by Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta; The Romantic Disease by Anna Dumitriu, an art/science investigation into mankind’s strange relationship with TB; Is Technology Eating my Brain? by Paul Granjon; Living Data by Michael Takeo Magruder; Art That Makes Itself by Paul & Daniel Brown; Bodies of Planned Obsolescence.

I am also one of the organisers for London’s first Mini Maker Faire, and Maker Assembly.

Goldsmiths prepared me for my future career in a number of ways. This includes helping me to develop critical thinking and developing relationships with lecturers and visiting speakers who gave me advice and support. During my degree I also did work experience at an established commercial art gallery and took part in a curatorial project at South London Gallery, as well as an international exhibition.

 

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