Goldsmiths is a dynamic university in South East London with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The university 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 around 140 countries. Goldsmiths is ranked no. 7 for Media, no. 14 for Art & Design, no. 42 for Sociology, and no. 49 for Anthropology in the QS World Universities Rankings 2020.

The university has a wide range of innovative and engaging programmes ranging from Curating to Music, Mind 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 entrepreneurship. They have a fantastic graduate careers record; alumni include seven Turner Prize-winners and recipients of Oscars, Mercury Music prizes, Ivor Novellos and BAFTAS amongst others.

Their dynamic degree programmes 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 | Law | 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 in New Cross, a vibrant neighbourhood in South East London. You are just minutes from the heart of this great global city, home to major cultural landmarks including the National Theatre and Tate Modern and well as cores of independent galleries, theatres and museums.

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 backfield, offering leafy green space in South East London
  • Multiple on-site cafes, restaurants and a Student Union bar
  • The Professor Stuart Hall Building with its state-of-the-art Media facilities
  • The newly opened Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art. Opened in September 2018, the CCA will host world-class exhibitions by international artists as well as providing a space for established and emergent practices

Goldsmiths Students' Union offers a huge variety of sports societies, both recreational and competitive. As well as the Clubpulse gym, Goldsmiths' campus has tennis and netball courts and a large backfield perfect for football.

Theatre 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 the 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 and postgraduate 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.



The information on this page has been submitted by the higher education institution itself. If you want to know more, get in touch and one of our student advisors will answer all your questions!

Across the Pond is this university’s official representative for selected countries around the world which, depending on where you are from, means we can help you apply to its courses as well as with gathering all the documents needed to submit an application. We can normally offer a speedier route to help you since the institution is hugely popular and receives enquiries from all around the world on a daily basis. We also have close ties with the university’s international facing staff and as such can explain your grades, your academic background and the educational system in your home country. Our partner universities appreciate that students who apply through Across the Pond get the help they need, not only in terms of submitting the application and supporting documents, but also with everything leading up to arrival in the UK, such as student accommodation, visa and funding information as well as preparing for departure to the UK.

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Student population: Over 10,000

Number of international students: Approximately 25 percent

City population: about 8.9 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

Notable Alumni:

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