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Studying modern and contemporary art history and visual culture will develop your critical and analytical skills. In terms of future employment, the skills you learn will be transferable to a variety of industries.

What skills will I gain from a Visual Cultures degree?

Studying Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths will enable you to develop a variety of skills that can be applied to a broad range of industries. These include:

  • analysing and interpreting information
  • using critical judgement to form opinions
  • formulating strong arguments
  • presenting information in a coherent and balanced way
  • developing excellent listening skills and
  • oral and written communication skills
  • working independently
  • planning and organising

What kinds of industries do Visual Cultures graduates work in?

  • Education
    You may work as a teacher delivering the national curriculum to school students or as an education officer within a museum or gallery. As an education officer you will develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and events for classes. These programmes are often designed to engage with those who don’t normally frequent museums or galleries.
  • Journalism and Publishing
    As a journalist you will be responsible for investigating, gathering and reporting on news and current affairs. You might choose to use your knowledge of visual culture practice to write arts-related features for print and online media. Working in publishing you will be involved with the production of a range of materials including books, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage
    As a graduate you may choose to work within a museum, gallery or heritage centre. In the role of curator or exhibition manager you will acquire, care for, develop and display a collection of artwork or artefacts in order to inform, educate and entertain the public. Your job may also involve planning and organising logistics related to events, buildings, artists and personnel.

Where do Visual Cultures graduates work?

Visual Cultures graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries. Some of our recent graduates now work as Marketing Officers, Studio Assistants, Company Directors and Curators.

Visual Cultures graduate stories:

Yat Lun Yo

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"The intellectual and artistic experiences have nurtured me into a richer and more thoughtful art worker."

"The degree equipped me with the appropriate knowledge and skills to share history of art and ways of creating art with the others. The programme has widened my horizon of arts and enhanced the development of my own thinking. The intellectual and artistic experiences have nurtured me into a richer and more thoughtful art worker. 

I'm now Adjunct Lecturer at HKU SPACE, and a part-time Lecturer at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I share drawing, painting, combined media and theories of the history of art."

Maxine Suich

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"My time at Goldsmiths was incredibly stimulating and productive and gave me a fantastic appetite for what I do to this day."

"I have always been a voracious (almost compulsive) reader and had a real passion for the visual arts so was delighted to study History of Art and English at Goldsmiths. The very structure of the course allowed and encouraged me to approach both subjects in creative and stimulating ways. I think pairing the two together was incredibly useful, the theories and concepts surrounding the arts and literature are natural bed-fellows and understanding one area can only help compliment your understanding and enjoyment of the other.

Since graduating I have worked in various arts organisations including English National Opera, the Roundhouse and currently at Camden Arts Centre. I also now run my own readers website so have managed to incorporate both of the elements of my degree into my professional career. In fact the very idea of a book exchange service started to creep into my mind whilst at the college as I really could have benefitted from a book swap scheme while studying!

My time at Goldsmiths was incredibly stimulating and productive and gave me a fantastic appetite for what I do to this day."

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