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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths is a dynamic university in South East London with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.  They offer students a combination of a close-knit community, a rich academic heritage, a creative powerhouse and a thought-provoking place. The university is locally and internationally engaged with students from 114 countries. They are 1st in the UK for Media and communications, and the top ten for art and design (the complete university guide 2014). Their prestigious social sciences; sociology, politics and anthropology also rate in the top 20 in the UK. The university has a wide range of innovative and engaging programs ranging from curatorial studies to music and the brain. In the recent Research Excellence Framework, three quarters of the research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Goldsmiths was founded in 1891, and is part of the University of London. They are a world leading institution for arts, humanities and social science education and creativity inflects everything that they do from economics to computing and creative education. Goldsmiths is ranked first in London for high quality and helpful staff (The Student Experience Survey 2014). They have a fantastic graduate careers record; alumni include seven Turner Prize-winners and recipients of Oscars, Mercury Music prizes, Ivor Novellos and BAFTAS among others.

Their dynamic degree programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate level are available in the following areas:

Anthropology | Art | Arts Management | Community Studies | Computing | Criminology | Design | Economics |Education | English | History | History of Art | Management | Media & Communications | Music | Politics |Psychology | Social Work | Sociology | Theatre & Performance | Therapeutic Studies


Goldsmiths University is a close-knit community that comes from every corner of the world, which makes for a diverse learning experience (and plenty of stimulating conversation).

They’re based on a single-site campus within London’s vibrant New Cross, but are also just minutes from the heart of this great global city, home to major cultural landmarks including the National Theatre and Tate Modern.

Just some of the buildings and facilities you'll find include:

  • The Goldsmiths library, with over a quarter of a million books
  • Clubpulse, a low-cost gym open to students and the public
  • The Great Hall in the Richard Hoggart Building, which hosts events, concerts and their Presentation Ceremonies
  • The back field, offering leafy green space in South East London (Take a virtual tour of the back field)
  • The award-winning Students' Union, including bar 'the Stretch' and cafe
  • Newest building the Professor Stuart Hall Building or New Academic Building, with its state-of-the-art Media facilities (Take a tour of the New Academic Building)

As well as the Clubpulse gym, Goldsmiths' campus has tennis and netball courts and a large backfield perfect for football.

Goldsmiths Students' Union offers a huge variety of sports societies, both recreational and competitive.

Theater students can benefit from a 160-seat theatre, four performance studios, scenography workshop, and wardrobe and props stores.

There is also a media studio for video and sound editing, and specialist technicians on-site for support.

Media and Communications students enjoy use of a digital and analogue acquisition for time-based media and photography, radio and TV studios, photography studios, digital video and audio editing equipment. They also have access to ENPS facilities, animation and image manipulation software and hardware, traditional darkrooms and computer rooms for student production.

All Design students have their own dedicated studio space within the Department and there are electronics for prototyping circuits as well as workshop facilities, a computing suite, a textile studio and a dark room.

The Electronic Music Studios comprises a suite of working areas for undergraduate & graduate students wishing to explore the creative potential of studio equipment & audio software in relation to composition, live electronics, interactive performance, sound-art, acoustic ecology and research.

The Department of Music also benefits from suites of practice rooms and a recital hall (with its majestic Steinway Model D concert piano).

In Art you'll also have nine specialist research laboratories at your disposal: casting, constructed textiles, digital media, fine art printmaking, metalwork, photography, print and dye, stitch and fabric, woodwork.

If you would like to find out more about studying at Goldsmith's University, please contact one of our Across The Pond Advisors today.

Student population: 8,840 students

Number of international students: 1,732 international students

City population: 8.539 million people in London

Location: South East London

Closest airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted, Luton

Date of establishment: Founded 1891

Areas of expertise: Art, design, social sciences, psychology and education

Cost of Tuition per year:  from £13,910 per year (2018/19)

Accommodation cost: £150 per week for accommodation

Notable Alumni:

  • Steve McQueen
  • Anthony Gormley
  • Damien Hirst
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Lucian Freud
  • Katy B
  • James Blake   


Goldsmiths will now be offering the Marshall Scholarship for US graduate students beginning for any students starting their degree program in the Fall of 2018.

This scholarship covers university fees, cost of living expenses, an annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, air fare to and from the US and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. 

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