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Studying in the Design Department at Goldsmiths offers the opportunity to engage with a wide range of topics from critical, theoretical and creative perspectives. You'll learn in a dynamic and forward thinking environment. In terms of future employment you will develop skills that you’ll be able to apply to creative and cultural industries.

What skills will I gain from a Design degree?

Your design degree will allow you to develop a huge number of skills including creative problem solving, visual presentation, imagination and creativity, the ability to think systematically through issues, an understanding and addressing issues of sustainability, versatility and adaptability and organisation and planning.

What kinds of industries employ Design graduates?

  • Art and design
    Many graduates work as freelance artists and designers while some go on to set up their own design studios. As a commercial artist you will be commissioned to create work for public spaces, private companies and charities. As a designer you may work in areas such as graphic or industrial design. Whatever area you choose to specialise in you will work to deadlines and produce original ideas in response to briefs set out by the clients.
  • Education
    You could pass on your skills to others by teaching art and design, craft or technology as part of the national curriculum. You could also work as a design educator in a museum or other kind of learning centre, sharing your creative application of design in more informal educational environments.
  • Media and advertising
    This industry is fast, exciting, innovative and highly creative. You will use your creative skills to produce design solutions that can effectively communicate client messages with high visual impact. You may choose to specialise in web or multimedia design and will work to maintain websites and interactive online marketing tools. Your skills will enable companies to raise their profiles and engage with consumers

Where do Goldsmiths Design students work?

Design graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries and careers. Some of our recent graduates are now employed as set designers, creative strategists, product designers, art and design lecturers and studio managers.

Design graduate stories:

Neil

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"Just to be in my final year in a peer group alongside a jewellery maker, alongside a product designer, alongside a graphic designer, all working together with the same kind of design process behind you – it was just so vibrant."

"The course was kind of perfect for me in the sense that it was wonderfully vague, and I mean that in the most positive manner, because the company I currently work for is wonderfully vague in the types of projects that we adopt. We were taught about the process behind design and the thinking behind design. It helped you to unconsciously steer you towards what it was that you are interested in… I really wanted to do bigger spatial stuff and more architectural projects. 

Just to be in my final year in a peer group alongside a jewellery maker, alongside a product designer, alongside a graphic designer, all working together with the same kind of design process behind you, and thinking about design – it was just so vibrant and that was what attracted me to the studio I now work for. It’s the same thought process and the degree set me up perfectly for that.

I work as a project designer for Heatherwick studio, a position I landed immediately after completing my degree. I have been the project designer on many of the studio’s high profile projects, such as the recently launched New Bus for London, overseeing the design from inception through to detail and manufacture. The team is quite a flexible one, which sees designers like myself work alongside makers, engineers and architects. My role entails work on all elements of the design process; from concept development, prototyping, 3D modelling and visualisation; to leading small design teams on certain projects; as well as engaging with the wider client and consultant teams."

Evan

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Alumnus Evan Boehm is an award-winning director and coder, with a background in computer engineering and 3D graphics.

Alumnus Evan Boehm is an award-winning director and coder, with a background in computer engineering and 3D graphics. His work spans animated films, open source music videos, interactive web films and digital installations, and is linked by his interest in narrative structures and character interaction.

He was recenty shortlisted for the first ever IK Prize, coordinated by Tate, for proposing to build an animated, interactive web experience that explores the Tate's collection of British art through the imaginative mind of an eight year old boy.

Watch Evan talking about his idea.

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