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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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