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Goldsmiths College, University of London
Goldsmiths prides itself in being an incubator for ideas, where academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow. The University has a history of contributing specifically to the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. Its Department of Art is widely recognised as one of Britain's most prestigious, producing the YBA's art collective and over 20 Turner Prize nominees.
New Cross, where Goldsmiths is situated, has a thriving music and arts scene, fantastic restaurants, buzzing cafes, and a genuinely diverse and eclectic population. It's also been voted as the best place in South East London for renting, and because the University is on a single-site campus you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore the local area.
Few cities in the world can match London as a place of culture or learning. There are more than 200 museums, over 800 art galleries and a third of all the UK's archives are housed in London. The city also boasts over 240 professional theatres, 800 cinema screens and 17,000 music performances taking place every year. And with over 6,000 restaurants there's something for all budgets and tastes.
QS World Ranking (2021)
Times Higher Education (2020)
Complete University Guide (2021)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
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The College is situated in New Cross, in south-east London with a considerable art and music scene. The area is not well served by the London Underground, but instead by the London Overground with the nearest stations being New Cross and New Cross Gate.
The College’s main building, the Richard Hoggart Building, was originally designed as a school in 1844, and there are several more modern buildings in the campus, including the RIBA award-winning Rutherford Building (1997), the Ben Pimlott Building (2005) designed by Will Alsop known for its distinctive “scribble in the sky” and the New Academic Building (2010).
In 1891, the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, one of the City of London Livery Companies, founded Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute. The Goldsmiths’ Company was established in the 12th century as a mediaeval guild for goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers. The Livery Company dedicated the foundation of its new institute to “the promotion of technical skill, knowledge, health and general well-being among men and women of the industrial, working and artisan classes”. It was based at the former Royal Naval School, now known as the Richard Hoggart Building.
In 1904, the Institute was merged with the University of London (UoL), and established as Goldsmiths’ College. (The apostrophe was removed in 2006).
Goldsmiths is highly regarded for courses and research relating to creativity and culture, and has a reputation for producing visual artists, particularly those collectively known as Young British Artists (YBA). Its art department is widely recognised as one of Britain’s most prestigious and culturally important, producing the YBA’s art collective, 29 Turner Prize nominees, and 6 winners.
Centres, Departments & Institutes
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Art
- Centre for English Language & Academic Writing
- Centre for Cultural Studies
- Department of Computing
- Confucius Institute for Dance & Performance
- Department of Design
- Department of Educational Studies
- Department of English & Comparative Literature
- Department of History
- Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship
- Institute of Management Studies
- Department of Media & Communications
- Department of Music
- Department of Politics
- Department of Professional & Community Education
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Theatre & Performance
- Department of Visual Cultures
Goldsmiths is a research-intensive insitution which focuses in interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities, social sciences and computing. In the 2014 REF almost three-quarters of their research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, reaffirming their broader relevance by providing significant benefits to society, culture and the economy and reaching far beyond higher education.
The research environments of their Art, Design, Visual Cultures, Music, Anthropology and Computing were wholly rated as internationally excellent or world leading while the research impact from their departments of Anthropology, Computer, Media and Communications, Music and Psychology was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
UK/EU Students (2020/2021)
Humanities & Economics
Scholarships & Bursaries
Goldsmiths offer a number of scholarships and fee waivers to students from specific backgrounds. These include the 10 Lewisham Fee Waivers of £27,000 for Lewisham's brightest talent, 5 Local Student Partial Fee Waiver of £13,500 to help local students towards their tuition fees and 20 Local Students Travel Bursaries to cover the cost of an annual travelcard for students from a non-traditional background and a local borough.
The Rutherford Building provides a modern, flexible learning space with numerous facilities for group and individual study, with access to library books, journals, computer workstations, language-learning resources, extensive multimedia and audio-visual facilities, and computer-based teaching rooms.
The library is equipped with an extensive collection of printed and electronic resources, as well as special collections and archives covering a range of 20th century creative and performing arts, and social sciences.
As a constituent of the UoL, students also have access to Senate House, which holds over three million volumes, over 5,200 journals and over 170,000 graduate theses. It is also home to the UoL archives, which include the central archive of the university itself, and many other collections such as the papers of Charles Booth (philanthropist) and Herbert Spencer (philosopher and biologist). Students can also be able to use the libraries of other UoL institutions to consult specialised materials not available in the library at Goldsmiths.
Within the Rutherford Building there are a number of PCs and macs with software for statistical analysis, bibliography, graphics, web authoring, desktop publishing and multimedia. There are dozens of wireless hotspots around campus where you can work. The college uses a virtual learning environment - learn.gold - a highly interactive website where lecturers can provide students with course materials, practice assessments, and learner support. Students can also start their own website, wiki or blog.
The Digital Media Suite in the Rutherford Building provides materials, facilities, support and services to help students with their media requirements from video to audio, and from photography to photocopying. The centre offers various do-it-yourself creative and production facilities including digital video editing, video copying, making stills from videos, downloading digital stills, copying images from books or artwork to digital camera or 35mm slide or print, and sound copying and recording.
In the Rutherford Building, the Languages Resource Centre’s facilities include bookable video viewing rooms, computers with software for computer assisted languages learning, listening facilities, a large open access where students can view video broadcasts, and foreign language periodicals.
Many of the academic departments within the College have special facilities designed to aid and enhance the learning experience of students, with facilities including specialists research laboratories focusing on casting, constructing textiles, digital media and video, fine art printmaking, metalwork, photography, print and dye, stitch and fabric and woodwork; extensive workshop facilities covering production processes, modelling for mass production, and a computer suite enabling 2D and 3D media, multimedia and CAD in design; 1 160-seat theatre and three performance studios; and a photography studio, radio studio, TV studio, editing suite and video animation facilities.
Clubpulse, the brand new fitness centre, provides students with a range of 90 exercise stations, free weights, resistance machines, and a dance studio offering classes such as aerobics, boxercise, yoga and pilates.
Goldsmiths Sports Ground is located about 30 minutes drive away, and is home to the men and women’s football, rugby, and cricket teams. Loring Hall Sports Ground has provision for 3 football teams, and one rugby team in the winter, and one cricket square in the summer.
The College also has various provisions for table tennis, badminton and basketball in the Lockwood Building Gym Hall.
The Goldsmiths Students’ Union provides a range of services and student development opportunities including clubs, societies, volunteering opportunities, sports facilities, student media, representation, advice, meeting rooms and entertainment. Stretch Bar holds a variety of events, such as the regular Quiz pup quiz, open mic night, film club night and the weekly ‘Club Sandwich’ night. The Stretch has several 40 inch HD LCD screens and shows the latest music videos, news and football. Famously, alternative rock band Blur formed at Goldsmiths and played their first ever gig at the student union bar in 1989, and in 2009 returned for a “homecoming” gig as part of their reunion shows.
There are plenty of societies to join ranging from cultural, political and performance groups. There are a number of schemes for volunteering, which may involve mentoring local children, or engaging with the local community. The union also offers a diverse range of sporting clubs.
There are a number of media opportunities including SMITHS Magazine, Leopard Newspaper covering news, comment, posts, society information and student listings, and Wired Radio. Through the Student Journalism Network, the paper has ties to London Student and has participated in liveblogs with other UoL papers covering events such as the 10 November 2010 anti-cuts protests.
The Students’ Union has taken an increasingly activist stance in recent years, campaigning on issues such as government cuts to university arts and humanities budgets, tuition fee rises, and advocacy around the occupation of Palestine, with the college being occupied three times between October and December 2010.
Students also have access to the University of London Union (ULU), located near Senate House, which has its own sports clubs and societies, the newspaper London Student, and campaigns for you to get involved in. It has its own gym, with a fitness suite, swimming pool, exercise classes, remedial treatments, a sports hall and a multi purpose studio. Its facilities also include a cafe, shop, and the Duck and Dive bar.
The College Careers Service arranges a number of events, forums and workshops throughout the year, including employer presentations, interview and CV workshops, personality tests and a work experience fair. Their services also include 15-minute appointments with a consultant, CV checks, and practice interviews.
JobOnline is a job search service for all kinds of opportunities from full-time graduate level jobs to internships, voluntary and part-time, and casual work.
The Student Enterprise challenge offers students the chance to attend workshops led by experts in enterprise, speak to inspirational speakers and get involved in a number of team challenges.
Religion & Spirituality
The College have a multi-faith chaplaincy team made up of full-time chaplains and local ministers who have a range of expertise and experience. In addition, there is a list of “Faith Advisors” who belong to a range of faith traditions, who provide information about resources and locations for their own particular faith traditions, but do not have any responsibility for general help and advice.
The Chapliancy organises a range of activities and events including discussion groups, services, meditation and talks.
The multi-faith prayer room is available for everyone for quiet reflection and prayer.
Health & Wellbeing
When you arrive at College you can register with the New Cross Medical Centre.
The College provides a counselling service to help students whose concerns may be impending their personal or academic work. Such concerns may include relationship problems, procrastination, concentration, perfectionism, fear of public speaking, loneliness, depression, anxiety, sexuality and bereavement. The service also provides self-help booklets and workshops throughout the year for common problems.
The College’s disability team look after students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health needs, people with long-term health conditions and those with specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Glodsmiths have over 1,400 spaces in halls, spread over nine sites, both on and off campus in South Eat and East London. Goldsmiths halls of residence are located within a five-minute walking distance from campus and are supported by Resident Assistants and 24-hour security staff. Flats vary from four- to eight-bed flats to corridor-style layout halls. All halls are single occupancy and are self-catered with shared kitchen facilities. Facilities vary within each hall, but all have access to laundry facilitites and the internet, and some have outdoor space.
Students at Goldsmiths also have access to off-campus accommodation managed day-to-day by a private provider, but with an accommodation agreement with Goldsmiths and rent paid to the University. These halls are located between a 20-minute walk to a 30-minute commute from the campus and are supported by office and 24-hour security staff. Flat sizes vary from two- to six- bed flats, studio flats and a corridor-style hall layout. All rooms vary in size, are single occupancy and are self-catered with a shared or private kitchen. Facilities vary within each hall but all have on-site laundry facilities, internet and some have outdoor space, communcal space and TVs in the kitchens.
Humanities & Economics
Anthropology, Drama & Journalism
English Language Requirements
Some programmes require a score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) before admission can be considered, and the general grade as well as the higher equivalence scores are stated below.
|Qualification||Minimum Grade||Higher Equivalence Score|
6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written element and no individual element lower than 6.0)
|7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in the written element and no individual element lower than 6.5)|
92 (with minimum scores of listening 21, reading 22, speaking 23 and writing 23)
|100 (with minimum scores of listening 23, reading 24, speaking 25 and writing 25)|
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
A score of 58 overall with at least 58 in the written element and no individual element lower than 51
|An overall score of 65 with at least 65 in the written element and no individual element lower than 58|
|CAE||Grade B||Grade B|
|CPE||Grade C||Grade C|
|IGCSE English as a second language||Grade C||Grade B|
Goldsmiths has students from over 120 countries and provides guidance and support on all aspects of life and studies in London, such as learning support, visas and immigration, health care, financial support, orientation, travel directions, and social events.