Why study Art at Goldsmiths?
We're committed to the idea that contemporary art is best taught through direct contact with artists, curators and writers, and our graduates develop careers shaped by their critical engagement with cutting edge artistic practice and research in these areas.
Staff in the Department of Art are skilled in innovative teaching and produce work that is exhibited and published internationally on a regular basis. Nine specialist research laboratories integrating traditional processes and new technologies, facilitate experimentation in digital media, fine art printmaking, photography, casting, metal, woodwork, stitch & fabric, print & dye and constructed textiles.
All students have access to our state-of-the-art laboratories and to their own studio space.
Goldsmiths has been ranked 12th in the world and 4th in the UK for art in the UK in the QS World University Rankings by subject (2015).
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Abri De Swardt
"I am constantly surprised by the dedication and talent of my peers, the commitment to political integrity and radical research."
"Since the second year of my BA in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, I was enticed by the notion of coming to Goldsmiths to do a MFA. This predilection was grounded on little knowledge: Goldsmiths in my mind was this mythical place that saw only a handful of South African artists as alumni. It was only during 2011, as a postgraduate student and a part-time lecturer in Visual Studies, that I started to earnestly research Goldsmiths, New Cross and London, a venture that at times seemed overwhelming for someone who had not been in the UK before, and who knew that any future plans would be subject to scholarships.
The experience of now attending Goldsmiths, and having a studio in the Laurie Grove Baths, is still tinged with the surreal – I am constantly surprised by the dedication and talent of my peers, the commitment to political integrity, radical research, and the drive to find fresh cultural articulations."