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Course overview

Our Department of Art has an international reputation for creativity and innovation that attracts students from a diversity of nationalities and backgrounds.

We have particular expertise is helping artists, writers and curators reflect on the demands of individual practice in relation to the wider visual culture; and scrutinising the discourses that define the nature of contemporary visual culture. We also assess the importance of particular visual images and seminal representations to that culture.

Art at Goldsmiths is only available if taken for a full year as you are allocated a studio space, a personal tutor, and are fully integrated into all aspects of the BA Fine Art course.

Our facilities enable students to work in metal, casting, wood, fine art printmaking, digital media, photography, video, stitch and fabric, constructed textiles and print and dye; you will also be able to make use of Goldsmiths resources including Media Services and the Library.

See also: Design and Visual Cultures (for history of art courses)

About the module

Study Abroad: Art (FA51012A)

Fine Art is only available as a full module-load subject, so you may not study it alongside modules in other subjects.

All the staff on the module are practising artists, curators and writers here to respond to the work that you make and to help you to understand how it contributes to and challenges, the critical debates that exist in the study area and beyond. You will be taught through individual tutorials in your studio, group tutorials, and studio practice presentations.

The Studio Practice element of the module enables you to develop your own art work through exploring selected media and approaches, including: drawing, painting, film, installation, performance, photography, printed and constructed textiles, printmaking, sculpture, and video.

Studio teaching is enhanced by technical support, which introduces you to techniques relevant to the practical development of your work. All students are fully integrated with the full degree students on the BA in Fine Art.

The parallel Critical Studies element of the module is designed to support your practical work in the studios. The lectures and seminars introduce and develop key issues that inform diverse art practices and encourage you to extend your critical faculties and develop your ability to discuss, write about, analyse and judge contemporary art. This element utilises the huge range of opportunities London offers for direct engagement with art in museums and galleries.

It is delivered through a combination of tutor-led visits to relevant museums, galleries and temporary exhibitions – reflecting developments in contemporary art practice as they occur – together with lectures and seminars offering you a space for exploring and examining the historical and critical context in which art is made, seen and understood.

Prerequisites: You will usually have undertaken at least one year of studio-based art practice at university level, as either a major or minor component of your degree. If you have maintained an independent fine art practice outside of your degree, you are welcome to apply.

You are expected to undertake a full course load for your period of study – see the table below for the credits needed and how many you can earn with each course.

Course credits

Study Abroad programme Total Goldsmiths credits
Full year
(September-June)
120 credits

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