BA (Hons)
Fine Art

Why study BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths

Make and study contemporary art in a dynamic, critical and interdisciplinary environment.

  • This degree will equip you with creative, interpretive, critical and analytical skills, so that you can participate in and contribute to the expanding field of contemporary art.
  • You'll make and study contemporary art in a dynamic, critical and interdisciplinary environment.
  • We'll equip you with the skills that will help you develop independent thought and confidence in your practice, as well as transferable skills suitable for employment in the creative industries.
  • You'll have your own studio space from day one, and will have access to excellent facilities including specialist art practice areas.
  • All staff on the programme are practising artists, curators and writers, here to respond to the work that you make and to help you understand how it contributes to – and challenges – the critical debates that exist in the study area and beyond.

  • Since 1990, former Goldsmiths students have been nominated for the Turner Prize more than 30 times, and have won the prize on 8 occasions.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Adham Faramawy (Home/EU applicants) or Lucy Clout (international applicants).

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3 years full-time


Home - full-time: £9250
International - full-time: £27500



Please note: this programme is closed for applications for 2024 entry.

What you'll study

The programme has two elements:

  • Studio practice (75% of the course)
  • Critical studies (25% of the course)

Click on the tabs to find out more about each element.

Teaching style

This programme is taught through intensive studio and research art practice, tutorials and mixed-year studio practice presentations. You'll also attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised.

You'll be allocated a studio space that will be the focal point of your activities. Students from all three levels share the studio spaces, providing valuable peer support. You will determine the nature of your practice and, with guidance from the tutorial staff, be encouraged to work in any medium that you choose.

How you'll be assessed

Studio practice coursework is continuously assessed through individual tutorials and group seminars. This is complemented by studio presentations at Year 1, viva voce at Year 2, and a final exhibition at Year 3. Critical Studies is assessed through essays (Years 1 and 2) and a dissertation (Year 3).

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Degree Shows

You will work towards a final-year exhibition, which forms part of Goldsmiths' famous annual Degree Shows. These events celebrate the best creative work from students, and are frequently visited by top names in the art world.


Our spectacular Ben Pimlott Building provides purpose-built teaching space on campus, including some of the art studios, lecture theatres, and digital media practice areas. The studios benefit from generous floor-to-ceiling windows. The department provides space for:

  • Art studios
  • Performance work
  • Installations
  • Temporary projects and exhibitions

There are also a range of art practice areas for:

  • 3D printing
  • Casting
  • Constructed textiles
  • Fine art print
  • Graphics and time-based media
  • Metal
  • Photography and moving image capture
  • Stitch and fabric
  • Print and dye
  • Wood
  • Ceramics

You also have access to Goldsmiths-wide facilities.

A wide shot of the casting practice area, including work benches

You'll be able to get to grips with art practice areas including casting, metal, print and dye, and fine art print.

Art students working in one of the art practice areas

The degree will support your development and creativity, and help you acquire technical and independent learning skills.


Many graduates have continued to be successful, practising artists long after graduating, winning major prizes and exhibiting around the world.

The Turner Prize shortlist has consistently included at least one of our former undergraduates. Eight of the prizewinners have studied here: Grenville Davey, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Gillian Wearing, Steve McQueen, Mark Wallinger, Laure Prouvost and Charlotte Prodger.

The interdisciplinary nature of the programme will enable you to work in a variety of fields (eg media, museums, education, the music business, and academia) and progress to a variety of careers, including:

  • Practising artist
  • Art historian
  • Arts administrator
  • Gallery curator
  • Arts journalist
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Writer
  • Conservationist
  • Designer

You can read more about potential career paths after graduation on our art careers page.


The degree will give you the skills to develop independent thought and confidence in your practice. Many of these skills will also be transferable and of use in other career paths you may wish to follow.

You'll develop skills such as:

  • Technical skills in art practice areas
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Independent learning
  • Resourcefulness
  • An understanding of your own practice and where it sits within historical and contemporary contexts of art
  • Critical and analytical skills
  • The ability to express ideas clearly

We provide you with a series of opportunities for specialist advice and further information to complement your studies and prepare you for professional life after graduation.

Our students actively seek opportunities to exhibit their work beyond Goldsmiths through external networks while they are here. 

International reputation
Goldsmiths is ranked 4th in the UK and top 25 in the world for art (QS WUR by Subject 2024), so you'll be studying somewhere that's globally renowned.
Learn from experts
You'll learn from practising artists, curators and writers who are highly skilled in innovative teaching.
Top facilities
You will have access to your own studio space plus state-of-the-art practice areas and equipment, supported by our team of expert technicians.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements for this programme are usually:

  • Successful completion of three A-levels, International Baccalaureate, UAL Extended Diploma (with Merit overall) or an equivalent qualification
  • PLUS successful completion of an Art and Design Foundation diploma
  • Portfolio of work


Successful completion of a Foundation Diploma, BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design (completed by the end of the academic year preceding entry).

Please note, students applying directly from A-Levels who have not completed an Art and Design Foundation or BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design will not be eligible for this programme.

Mature students without formal qualifications who have relevant experience are also welcomed.

Selection process

After submitting your application you'll be asked to upload a portfolio online. If selected for interview, you'll be asked to bring along a portfolio of recent work and an essay. 

Alternative qualifications

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Transfers and deferrals

It is not possible to transfer onto year two of this degree from another Higher Education provider. This programme also does not accept applications for deferred entry.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £27500

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our Careers Service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

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