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BA (Hons) Design

This design degree allows you to develop strong design thinking while exploring your own creative focus. We encourage you to act through design to effect change, propose new visions of the future, and engage with sustainability.

Course length
3 years full-time, with professional placement during Year 2
Entry requirements
A-level: ABB
IB: 34 points
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including a number of distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
or equivalent; see find out more about our general entrance requirements.
Additional requirements

You need to demonstrate post-16 study in art and design (a Foundation course, BTEC or NVQ Level 3 in Design is usually required) or be an A-level student with a strong art and design portfolio. We also welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications who have relevant work experience and/or art and design work, and also from students without A-levels in Art and Design, but have an interest in a future career in the creative industries (this may include students with strong A-levels in the humanities and sciences). 

After submitting your application you'll be contacted if you have been selected for interview. We'll be interviewing throughout the autumn and winter, so please apply as early as possible.

At interview, we ask you to bring a hard copy of your portfolio as well as a 200-word piece of writing. Your portfolio should include a selection (about 12 pieces) of your most creative work, and should represent a variety of art and/or design approaches and outcomes. We encourage you to choose work from a range of interests outside of your studies.

If you're an international or EU student who is unable to attend an interview in person, we may offer a telephone/online interview. Prior to this you'll be asked to submit an electronic portfolio, which should be 12-20 items that represent a variety of your design work and approaches. Again, please include work that reflects the broad spectrum of your creativity. Find out more about the electronic portfolio requirements.

If your first language is not English, please check our English Language requirements.

Fees and funding
Please see undergraduate tuition fees.
Contact the department
Contact the Admissions Tutor, Martin Conreen.
Visit us
Find out about how you can visit Goldsmiths at one of our open days or come on a campus tour.

Why study BA Design at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll undertake a professional placement in your second year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience and professional contacts. Recent placement organisations have included Imagination, Oxfam, Alexander McQueen, Selfridges and Studio Myerscough
  • Our graduates are industry leaders – they work in top design consultancies (PentagramHeatherwick studio) and companies (Dyson, Selfridges, Oxfam), they've set up their own design studios (including JailmakePAN StudioUsCreates), and they've progressed to become senior designers, consultants, and creative directors
  • You'll be taught technical skills by staff who work in the industry and have their own practices
  • The degree offers excellent teaching, in an exciting and dynamic educational environment
  • You'll have dedicated studio space and use industry-standard workshops, with the latest in laser cutting and 3D modelling technology
  • We're in the UK's top ten universities for art and design (Guardian University Guide 2015 and Times Good University Guide 2015 league tables)
  • Design studies achieved a high score of 97% for teaching and 94% overall satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS)
  • Our students regularly work on live briefs and win national awards
  • Our degree shows attract massive interest from creative industry leaders who offer exciting placements to our students, and careers to our graduates

Using an interdisciplinary approach, you will engage with a diverse set of critical and practical ideas, and will be encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of traditional design specialisms. The BA Design equips you with the skills and confidence to build a career in a wide range of professions: opening a host of potential career pathways.

What you study

For us design is not just a way to make and do things; it is a way to understand and engage with the world. With this philosophy in mind we have developed a highly successful and innovative programme, where you learn to see design as a complex combination of systems and actions, and not just as a set of distinct practical skills.

The BA Design degree enables you to think imaginatively about the possibilities of design, and ultimately to define your own creative practice. Throughout your time at Goldsmiths you will discover how design affects the environment as a whole, as you investigate its role within society and culture. The BA Design is not only concerned with understanding what design is; our curriculum provides you with a way to explore what design might be.

The three-year degree is structured around five different modules:

  • Studio Practice
  • Contextual Studies
  • Technical Studies
  • Methods and Processes
  • Professional Practice

These modules support and complement one another within each year of study, and as you progress through the years they are designed to build a coherent set of experiences. Click on the Modules & Structure tab above for more detailed information.

About the BA in Design:


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