Design future careers

Studying in the Design Department at Goldsmiths offers the opportunity to engage with a wide range of topics from critical, theoretical and creative perspectives.

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You'll learn in a dynamic and forward-thinking environment. In terms of future employment, you will develop skills that you’ll be able to apply to creative and cultural industries.

What skills will I gain from a Design degree?

Your Design degree will allow you to develop a huge number of skills including creative problem solving, visual presentation, imagination and creativity, the ability to think systematically through issues, an understanding and addressing issues of sustainability, versatility and adaptability and organisation and planning.

What kinds of industries employ Design graduates?

Art and design

Many graduates work as freelance artists and designers while some go on to set up their own design studios. As a commercial artist, you will be commissioned to create work for public spaces, private companies and charities. As a designer, you may work in areas such as graphic or industrial design. Whatever area you choose to specialise in you will work to deadlines and produce original ideas in response to briefs set out by the clients.


You could pass on your skills to others by teaching art and design, craft or technology as part of the national curriculum. You could also work as a design educator in a museum or other kind of learning centre, sharing your creative application of design in more informal educational environments.

Media and advertising

This industry is fast, exciting, innovative and highly creative. You will use your creative skills to produce design solutions that can effectively communicate client messages with high visual impact. You may choose to specialise in web or multimedia design and will work to maintain websites and interactive online marketing tools. Your skills will enable companies to raise their profiles and engage with consumers

Where do Goldsmiths Design students work?

Design graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries and careers. Some of our recent graduates are now employed as set designers, creative strategists, product designers, art and design lecturers and studio managers.

Some of our recent graduates have worked for companies such as Don't Panic London (creative content agency), Studio Raw (design agency), Fjord (design consultancy), Urban Food Fest and Peter Millard & Partners (art centre).