WHERE REPUTATION MEETS AMBITION - Undergraduate Guide 2018 entry - Goldsmiths, University of London
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Y 54 ANTHROPO5L6 OG 02 Where employability meets opportunity 04 A reputation for excellence and creativity ART 08 Courses that will make you see the world differently E M E N T 58 ARTS MANAG 60 10 Where ideas meet careers 12 Preparing you for a fantastic future 14 High quality teaching from experts CHINESE 15 A collaborative community for life 16 Making connections U D I E S 62 COMMUNITY ST 64 22 Where London meets the world 24 A unique London experience COMPUTIN6G6 30 A single campus and close-knit community 32 Students’ Union 34 Accommodation DESIGN 68 36 Facilities 38 Support ECONOMICS70 42 Goldsmiths and the world 44 Visit us EDUCATION72 52 Where theory meets practice 54 Our programmes ENGLISH 74 100 Specialist programmes for international students 101 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Extension Degree) HISTORY 102 International Foundation Certificates 106 Pre-sessional English language programmes R T & CUR A T I N G 76 O F A 108 What you need to know HI ST O R Y 108 Entry requirements L I S M 78 110 How to apply JOURNA Why Goldsmiths? 112 Fees T I N G 80 113 Funding MAR K E MANAGEMENT & TICS 82 115 Index Goldsmiths is a world-class university MATHEMA I O N S 84 where you’ll find heritage alongside UN I CA T innovation. You can study creative, MEDIA & COMM 86 contemporary and inspiring degrees MUSIC T I O N S 88 in the arts, humanities, social sciences N AT I O N AL REL A and computing. You’ll learn from I N T E R POLITICS & CHOLOGY 90 world-leading minds who’ve been PSY involved in some of culture and SOCIAL W O R K 92 society’s defining moments, and C R IMINO 96 L O G Y 94 from practitioners who have direct SO C I O LO G Y & connections with the creative, E & P E R F O R M ANCE cultural and business sectors. THEAT R E S 98 TU D I THERAPEUTIC S
Study at a world-class university and graduate with an internationally recognised University of London degree. Immerse yourself in a subject you love. And use this experience as a launchpad for a stellar future. WHERE EMPLOYABILITY MEETS OPPORTUNITY
04 05 When you graduate from the University of London StudyAtGold Goldsmiths Goldsmiths Goldsmiths you join a community London UoL UoL that has educated four monarchs, 52 presidents and prime ministers, 74 Nobel laureates, six Grammy winners, two Oscar winners and three Olympic gold medallists A REPUTATION Academic heritage and creativity At Goldsmiths you’ll find heritage alongside innovation. We were founded 125 years ago, and have been part of the University of London for FOR EXCELLENCE over a century, but we’ve also got a reputation for inventiveness and forward thinking. The BBC calls us “a creative hothouse” and our & CREATIVITY students agree: we’ve been voted one of the UK’s most creative universities for the third year in a row (Which? University 2016). A world-class university Our reach spans the globe, so you’ll feel part of something substantial. You’ll be taught by academics who are active researchers. As well as teaching you they are carrying out their own projects that make improvements to communities locally and internationally, on everything from studies on autism diagnosis to exploring social media’s role in disaster recovery. It’s one of the reasons we’re rated one of the world’s top universities (Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings 2016-17). Find out more Find out why we’re world-class at gold.ac.uk/ ug/why-goldsmiths
A 6 06 07 S SUBJECT AREA 1891 in the world’s elite1 EST Goldsmiths was founded in 1891, WORLD- and we’ve been part of the University of London since 1904 Anthropology; Art & Design; Communication & Media Studies; 3 English Language & Literature; N u m b er Sociology; Performing Arts 9 10 in the UK for effective teaching2 OUT OF CLASS STUDENTS PROGRESS TO WORK OR FURTHER STUDY WHEN THEY GRADUATE3 25 UK TO P IN THE UNIVERSITY 1 Best FOR THE QUALITY OF OUR RESEARCH4 Department of 1 Design in the UK for the second of the top year running5 creative universities in the UK by students6 voted Ranked in the 301-350 category in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17, and among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-17 1QS World University Rankings 2016 2Guardian League Tables 2017 3Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2014-15; students surveyed six months after graduation 4Research Excellence Framework 2014; based on research quality scores in the Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings 5Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017 6Which? University 2016
08 09 Goldsmiths: a close-knit community, a rich academic Find out more Explore our degrees at heritage, a creative powerhouse, gold.ac.uk/course-finder a thought-provoking place COURSES THAT Exciting, inspiring degrees Our degrees are creative, contemporary and inspiring. Whether you want to explore the forces shaping society or gain the experience WILL MAKE YOU you need to start a career you love, you’ll look at your subject in fresh ways that will spark your imagination. Your old ideas will be challenged, SEE THE WORLD your new ideas will have the freedom to grow, and you’ll start to see the world differently. Find out more about our degrees on pages 54-99. DIFFERENTLY Looking forward From the arts to humanities, and the social sciences to computing, we have a world-class reputation for many of the subjects we offer. And we’re constantly looking forward, striving to develop this even further. It’s why we create exciting new courses in emerging areas like data science and arts management, why we update our course content to make sure it’s as relevant as possible, and why we connect you with industry through the placements available on many of our degrees. Challenge your old ideas, Learn from other subjects study a fascinating subject, We’re also interdisciplinary, which means that our courses are informed by lots of different subject and see the world differently areas. So even as an anthropology student you could gain training in filmmaking, or as a history and journalism student you can gain academic knowledge alongside practical journalism skills.
At Goldsmiths we want you to develop your own ideas rather than simply learn about other people’s, so that when you leave you are a critical and creative thinker, ready for a changing world and job market. WHERE IDEAS MEET CAREERS
12 Where ideas meet careers 13 Key fact Our students recently completed placements at the Barbican, British Council, Friends of Nine out of 10 Goldsmiths the Earth, Google and The Wall Street Journal students progress to work or further study when they graduate PREPARING YOU Perhaps you’ve got your heart set on a specific career. Or maybe you’re keen to keep an open Think big Our graduates have won Oscars, Turner Prizes Some of the top mind about where university will take you. Either way, we’ve got it covered. It’s why nine and Ivor Novello Awards to name a few, but they also include people you may not have heard employers of our FOR A FANTASTIC out of 10 of our students progress to work or about who are passionate about improving graduates include: further study when they graduate1, it’s why society and making a difference – whether that’s the top employers of our graduates include the social workers connecting with families in FUTURE the BBC, Tate, Apple, Microsoft and the NHS2, local boroughs, the sociologists critiquing the and it’s why our alumni have a reputation for criminal justice system, or the designers who being enterprising and for forging new paths in are suggesting new visions for the future. From industries that didn’t even exist a few years ago. the big names to the unsung heroes, and from traditional industries through to emerging From placements to industry events: markets, your time at Goldsmiths will leave you so many ways to get inspired with the passion, ideas and experience you need Make the most of our Careers Service to to succeed, and will inspire you to think big. explore all the wonderful routes your future could take. Attend industry events to hear (students surveyed six months after graduation) 2. LinkedIn 2016 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2014-15 from graduates about the areas they’re now CareersGold Goldsmiths. working in and from visiting speakers in the Careers creative and cultural sectors. Get involved in our business enterprise workshops. Daydream with your coursemates about the start-up you could all run when you graduate. Connect with Goldsmiths alumni to find a mentor, get careers advice, or collaborate. Take a placement as part of your studies – Goldsmiths students recently worked at organisations like Google, The Samaritans, and The Wall Street Journal. Find out more Watch our film to find out how we prepare you for a bright future – vimeo. com/goldsmiths/future 1.
14 Where ideas meet careers 15 GoldAlumni Goldsmiths Alumni We’re ranked 3rd in the UK for effective teaching There are lots of advantages to joining the Goldsmiths community, including: Goldsmiths Connect Goldsmiths Connect is an online platform that puts students and staff in touch with alumni all over the world. It’s somewhere you can ask former students for careers advice, HIGH QUALITY A COLLABORATIVE Accessible academics Our academics are inventive, progressive and develop collaborations, or find a mentor. pioneering. But they’re also accessible. Because Continued access to the Careers Service unlike a lot of universities these world-class TEACHING FROM COMMUNITY New alumni continue to receive professional academics actively teach on our degrees, and careers advice for three years after they they care about getting the best out of you. So graduate through our free Careers+ service. you could have a Monday morning seminar EXPERTS FOR LIFE with the person who’s written the core cultural Discounts on lifelong learning theory text that’s on reading lists across the Goldsmiths alumni can currently get up to country, or the professor who’s been mentoring 30% off the cost of taught Masters programmes sports psychologists for the Paralympic Games. at Goldsmiths, and 10% off short courses. So if you want to continue your studies Industry connections after you graduate or in the future you Whether your subject is If your subject is a practical one you’ll be When you graduate from could benefit from a discounted rate. theoretical or practical (or a supported by technicians and practitioners who Goldsmiths, your relationship have direct connections and extensive experience bit of both), you can be sure in sectors like filmmaking, music and theatre. with us doesn’t end. You’ll that you’ll be taught by people Some of our degrees include the opportunity to become part of a creative who have the expertise to help take a year in industry gaining work experience. and collaborative community you get the most out of your This connects you even more directly to the of 60,000 former students world outside of university, and can help you university experience. gain valuable work experience while you study. spanning 150 countries. Many programmes include the option of a placement, allowing you to bring first-hand work experience to your studies. And some of our degrees are accredited by industry bodies – you can find details on pages 54-99. This means that you can be sure they’ve been given the official seal Find out more of approval in terms of their quality and Find out more Explore our industry Learn more about our relevance to your future job prospects. links at gold.ac.uk/ alumni community at skills-careers/industry gold.ac.uk/alumni
16 Where ideas meet careers 17 “Goldsmiths gave us “There are so many a place where we were exciting, creative Andrea and Sondre met on their encouraged to understand degree and set up Gold Ventures projects happening and break rules and, most here but we wanted to Although they come from opposite ends of importantly, take risks.” Europe, when they met at Goldsmiths, Sondre help students take them and Andrea realised they had the same way of seeing the world. The students – from Norway outside Goldsmiths and Italy respectively – are both studying the BSc in Management with Entrepreneurship and spread the word.” (page 81). They saw there was a wealth of activity happening around campus, but thought it could Alistair, Tom, Holly and Phoebe benefit from an entrepreneurial point of view. met studying Drama, and went “There are so many exciting, creative projects on to form Gruff Theatre happening here but we wanted to help students take them outside Goldsmiths and Gruff Theatre group has been busy. Since spread the word,” says Sondre. “We thought MAKING graduating from Goldsmiths in 2013, the four that the best way to utilise this creativity members have performed across London in was to set up a student society and work sites as diverse as an East End tower block together.” And so Gold Ventures was born. CONNECTIONS and a Victorian cemetery. And the space where each performance happens is key to The society hosts events and workshops, the group, who say they are “exploring the invites guest speakers, and helps students from human condition through site, performer and all over Goldsmiths develop creative business audience. Absurdly. Grotesquely. Phenomenally.” ventures through a start-up framework, with the Goldsmiths is a meeting point Alistair Foylan, Tom Bostock, Holly Shuttleworth eventual aim of bringing their ideas to market. for the brightest minds. And and Phoebe Naughton met while completing their “Whether you want to make an app, or start a with students and staff from BA in Drama and Theatre Arts (page 97). They drama class and take it out across London, you were placed together by their tutor, Cass Fleming, can develop almost anything. From a small firm many different backgrounds who they said nurtured their transition from four to a multi-million-pound business,” says Sondre. it makes for a fascinating mix performers into a collective of theatre makers. Sondre and Andrea want Gold Ventures to be a of people. Every day, chance “We all had very different interests, but a shared meeting place for all students, from Anthropology conversations in tutor groups, desire to explore the relationship between site to Visual Cultures, to come together to develop and experience glued us together.” As well as both profit and non-profit business ideas. over coffee or between library staging site-specific performances, Gruff now shelves can end in life-long offers workshops to others, and has worked “When we talk to people outside Goldsmiths friendships, creative adventures with RIFT, Ideastrap and the Brit School. about what we are doing with Gold Ventures they really get excited,” says Andrea. “It or new enterprises. “Our time at Goldsmiths gave us a place demonstrates to them that we would really where we were encouraged to understand like to get something out of our studies.” and break rules and, most importantly, take risks. It tested what we thought we knew, Their aim is that the competencies from all influencing our methodology and encouraging these different fields can help make a real us to bastardise, test and stretch the form change in the community, and empower of theatre and performance we work in.” everyone up to, and beyond, graduation. To see what Gruff are up to next, Find out more about our student societies visit grufftheatre.co.uk at goldsmithssu.org/activities/societies
18 Where ideas meet careers 19 “Back in the day, I would never have thought I was Goldsmiths material, but as an adult I proved to myself that I was capable of achieving academically.” “What you can see is people going from being really shy and quiet, Shellisha and Anna Carlile met as “Back in the day, I would never have Josh and Tom met through to not being afraid to student and teacher on the BA in thought I was Goldsmiths material, but the Peer Assisted Learning give their opinion.” as an adult I proved to myself that I was Education, Culture and Society capable of achieving academically.” scheme (PAL) “I remember meeting Shellisha,” explains Anna. While she was a student Shellisha had her Josh remembers Tom from his first day at from being really shy and quiet, to not being “It was in a Year 2 module that I teach called second child, but was determined to continue Goldsmiths. “My first experience of university afraid to give their opinion,” says Tom. Studies in Inclusion and Exclusion. I could see her studies. “My department was amazing,” was coming to a PAL session. Tom was great that Shellisha had loads to say and that she was she says, “they granted me essay extensions fun and we just got along. I was feeling “It’s a good way to meet new faces on the course,” passionate about educational inclusion. That’s when I needed them. My lecturers were really anxious and stressed, but after the Josh adds, “and sometimes it’s easier to learn in my field, so we bonded through that.” very understanding and supportive.” PAL session it felt like things were settling a more relaxed environment.” into place and it was just nice to be here.” Anna is the head of the programme, and has Anna says, “Many students overcome all Josh is studying the Integrated Degree in History been teaching on it for eight years. Shellisha kinds of things to go to university and get their The PAL scheme trains students to act as mentors (page 75), which includes a Foundation Year, (pictured above), who grew up in nearby New degrees. Life gets in the way, and they just keep to others, usually those who are in their first year and Tom is in a perfect position to be his mentor Cross and Brockley, graduated in 2015, aged 31. getting back up. We have a huge responsibility at Goldsmiths, and pass on study skills like how having just finished the same degree himself. Although she grew up around the corner, she did to facilitate them to get the most they possibly to take notes or plan an essay. Tom says, “We can not have a straightforward route into Goldsmiths. can out of the financial and time investment arrange to meet students in a group or one-to-one, “I decided to become a mentor because I was It was while working as a Learning Support they have made in themselves. My favourite and we facilitate study sessions so that students really struggling when I started my Foundation Assistant that she realised her passion for moment is watching my students walk across can meet. We’ll just go along to the first few Year, and I had a fantastic mentor who education, and took Access courses to get herself the stage at graduation. I applaud with feeling sessions: we get them in the routine and then helped me through it. I probably wouldn’t ready to apply for a place on the degree. for every one of them – I remember Shellisha let them do it themselves.” have finished that year if it hadn’t have been graduating and I was just so proud of her.” for the support of that mentor,” says Tom. “I was determined to come to Goldsmiths. He explains that PAL is all about helping students “And now I’m studying to become a teacher.” Being offered a place was a huge personal Find out more about the BA in Education, to develop their own skills, and building their achievement for me,” says Shellisha. Culture and Society on page 71 confidence. “What you can see is people going Find out more at gold.ac.uk/pal
20 Where ideas meet careers 21 Eiko and Ting-Tong met just installation works that analyse the relationship after Eiko’s graduation, and between science, technology and society. He has exhibited around the world and received are still working together a number of awards internationally. Eiko Honda and Ting-Tong Chang first worked “Studying at Goldsmiths nurtured both of us together when she was co-producing her first to think beyond the conventional ‘art’ context group show after graduating from Goldsmiths. and be open to work with professionals It was also one of Ting-Tong’s first exhibitions. from other disciplines.” Eiko and Ting-Tong “I still remember how Ting-Tong and I excitedly recently developed a solo exhibition with a discussed one of his ideas for an artwork. London-based cultural institution and gallery. It It’s great that six years on we are doing the featured a new set of works on British-Chinese same thing, although now we are carrying on relations in the history of automation. our practice as our full-time professions.” www.eikohonda.com “There’s something quite Eiko, who studied BA History of Art (page 77), has worked in the arts management sector tingtongchang.co.uk communal about the for six years while continuing to develop “Six years on we are doing exhibitions and events in her own time. She Goldsmiths experience. is the Curatorial Fellow of the Japanese the same thing, although Government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, You get to know and work and in this capacity works on cross-cultural now we are carrying with people from different and interdisciplinary curatorial projects. on our practice as our backgrounds and you Taiwanese artist Ting-Tong, who has an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, creates large-scale full-time professions.” become part of a small Guy, Robin and Aviram met studying music, and set up community that feels like record label squareglass a home-away-from-home.” Although a final year project can feel like the end of university life, for many at Goldsmiths it can be the start of something exciting. For other’s bands, which taught them about the artists Guy Baron, Robin Paul Braum and dynamic of working together as a group. Aviram Barath, who all studied on the BMus Popular Music (page 87), it was the beginning “There’s something quite communal about the of the collective and record label squareglass. Goldsmiths experience. You get to know and work with people from different backgrounds “Each one of our solo projects evolved as and you become part of a small community part of and during our studies at Goldsmiths. that feels like a home-away-from-home. At the same time it was important for us For us, studying and living in South-East to surround ourselves with people from London was a very immersive experience.” whom we could get feedback on our work. So establishing squareglass was Guy, Robin and Aviram (as Semi Precious, quite an ‘organic’ move – something we Ballerino and Bunki) have released their felt would empower us creatively and own music on squareglass, plus work practically, and would enable us to further by others and compilations. They also establish our careers as individual artists.” organise events, looking for original ways to translate recorded music into live shows. Around the time they finished their studies the three artists began playing in each Find out more at squareglass.co.uk
This is one of the world’s greatest cities, a cultural capital that’s connected to global industry. Study in a vibrant area, meet inspiring students from across the world, and experience what London has to offer. WHERE LONDON MEETS THE WORLD
Where London meets the world 25 There are lots of universities in London, Find out more Watch our students talk but not many with that about their favourite places in London at vimeo.com/goldsmiths/ special combination london2016 of urban life in a bustling area, a single campus, and a thriving Life in New Cross student community We’re in New Cross, which is in travelcard Zone 2 and seven minutes by train from London Bridge. So you’re just moments from the heart of the city and all the world-renowned museums, theatres and galleries it holds. It’s the perfect place to have a unique London experience – A UNIQUE LONDON close enough to easily access the landmarks and nightlife of the bustling city thanks to fantastic transport links, but with a strong community spirit that you won’t find just anywhere. EXPERIENCE New Cross has its own rich tradition of creativity, home to emerging musicians, artists and community leaders, as well as a thriving student population, and there’s plenty to do to keep London is a special place. you entertained when you’re not studying. A hub for industry, business The benefits of living in London Like any capital city, the cost of living will be and politics. A melting pot more expensive than if you were in a rural of creativity and culture. area, but the benefits of studying in a global hub make this a valuable investment: London Somewhere that will inspire is regularly voted one of the best cities in the you, and connect you to Europe world to be a student because of the diverse job and the wider world. Just like opportunities, cosmopolitanism and learning resources it offers. It’s a truly forward-looking, Goldsmiths itself, London is dynamic place. And you don’t have to spend steeped in history but always lots of money to make the most of living here – with some creativity and planning you can find offers something fresh and new. low cost places to eat and free entertainment happening every single day in London. Student discounts Once you’re a Goldsmiths student you can apply for an NUS (National Union of Students) card, which gets you money off things like cinema tickets, entry to museums and galleries, and restaurants and shopping. You can also get an 18+ Student Oyster card, to benefit from 30% off travel costs in London.
N CAMDEN TOW Haggerston NORTH LONDON LO N D O N 15 mins on the Hoxton OLYMPIC ZOO Overground from Stratford King’s Cross New Cross PARK REGENTS PARK Shoreditch EAST LONDON BRICK LANE Shoreditch High St Whitechapel BRITISH Paddington THE WEST END MUSEUM 25 mins by train THE GHERKIN London City Airport SELFRIDGES ST PAUL’S from New Cross WEST LONDON MAYFAIR Oxford Street CATHEDR AL Cannon St T OW E R OF LO N D O N Shadwell HYDE PARK Charing Cross TATE THE G LO B E Wapping ST JAMES’ PARK MODERN T OW E R LO N D O N BRIDGE ROYAL THE S H A R D C A N A RY BUCKINGHAM Rotherhithe EYE WHARF ALBERT PAL ACE Waterloo 7 mins by train HALL from New Cross BERMONDSEY Canada Water LAMBETH Canary V& A BIG BEN London Bridge Surrey Wharf MUSEUM Victoria Quays Heathrow Airport DEPTFORD CAMBERWELL 15 mins on the bus CUTTY SARK BAT TERSTSATE AION from New Cross BATTERSE A New Cross Gate New Cross PARK P OW E R Peckham Greenwich N S O U T H LO N D O SOUTH-WEST LONDON Brixton G A L L E RY 02 AC A D E M Y GOLDSMITHS 30 mins by train from New Cross Gatwick Clapham CL APHAM BRIXTON EAST DULWIC H Airport SOUTH-EAST LONDON GREENWICH PARK Junction
30 Where London meets the world 31 Key fact Getting around Bestival, one of the UK’s See the blue map on the major festivals, landed at previous pages to see how Goldsmiths in summer easy it is to reach areas like 2016. Founders Josie and Shoreditch and Hoxton on Rob da Bank were glad the Overground to be back – they met at Goldsmiths when they were students here in the 1990s Find out more Watch our film about our students’ favourite places on campus – vimeo.com/ goldsmiths/campus A SINGLE CAMPUS Everything in one place Unusually for a London university we’re based Eating and drinking There are lots of places to eat and drink on AND CLOSE-KNIT campus – whether you want to grab a coffee, on a single campus, which means that all your take away a snack, or sit down for a hot meal teaching, learning and support facilities are with friends. They include: in one place. You can find out more about COMMUNITY these facilities on pages 36-37. It creates a • Thirty Five: a relaxing area offering Costa close-knit community feel – you’ll soon get to coffee, healthy salads, and other snack options know people, and you won’t feel isolated or • The Balcony: world food at lunchtime overlooked. We’re friendly and non-judgmental, • The Refectory: food court offering traditional so you’ll have the space to be yourself, but hot meals, a salad bar, and ‘grab-and-go’ items At Goldsmiths you’ll benefit there’ll always be someone to talk to when you • Professor Stuart Hall Building Café: have a question or need someone to listen. from the friendliness and for hot meals, sandwiches and coffee A bustling campus overlooking the picturesque College Green convenience of our single-site • Library Café: perfect for topping up on campus, while also having the Fairtrade snacks and drinks while you study freedom to be yourself and Our campus is made up of modern spaces, a large College Green, and historic buildings. It’s • Natura: a vegetarian/vegan café in the Students’ Union New Cross and beyond pursue your unique interests – a bustling place: wander through the corridors • Students’ Union Shop: selling snacks and You’ll find a diverse range of restaurants, and you’ll hear music students practising their drinks, as well as stationery and toiletries cafés and shops just a few minutes’ walk from whether you love music, sport, scales, you’ll see curating students installing Goldsmiths around New Cross, including food cinema, trying new activities or exhibitions, and you’ll be able to watch the The Students’ Union (pages 32-33) is a hub from around the world – the Caribbean, China, latest blockbusters in our on-campus Curzon of activity, too. Hungary, India, Korea, Lebanon and Turkey to simply hanging out with friends. Cinema. Nearly every day of term there are public name just a few places. You’ll also find lots of Sports lectures, recitals and shows taking place – most local nightlife, including pubs, comedy venues Our on-campus gym, Clubpulse, has 90 fitness of them completely free of charge. So even if and some nearby clubs. If you fancy a longer stations, a dance studio and a great range you’re doing an English degree you could go walk or a short trip on the bus or Overground of classes (clubpulsegoldsmiths.co.uk). to a talk on the psychology of the paranormal, there’s even more to explore – from the or if you’re a media student you could get We also have tennis courts on campus, and a pop-up bars of Peckham to the late-night inspired about filmmaking by guest speakers sports club training ground in Sidcup. You can delights of Shoreditch. Explore our local like Danny Boyle or the head of Channel Four. find out more about our sports clubs on page 33. area guides at gold.ac.uk/area-guides
32 Where London meets the world 33 Goldsmiths Students’ Union exists to represent Student media all Goldsmiths students. It provides support, Get behind the microphone, or capture life representation, services, entertainment and culture at Goldsmiths by getting involved and activities, as well as affordable food, with student media. With the chance to drink, leisure and childcare facilities. gain valuable skills for a future career or Goldsmiths Goldsmiths Goldsmiths pursue your creative interests, you could SU SU SU It’s run for students, by students, with four join Wired Radio, The Leopard newspaper, full-time elected officers and a host of other or award-winning Smiths magazine. current student officers and representatives who are elected annually by students to direct Campaigning the Union and act as their collective voice. Goldsmiths Students’ Union is known for The Union aims to inspire and empower students its political activism and campaigning, and to change the world around them. You can: there have been some important wins for students in recent years, including securing • Make friends and gain skills by joining Wednesday afternoons free from classes sports clubs and general interest societies for students to pursue extra-curricular • Host a radio show or work on the activities, and a campaign that eventually student paper or magazine led to the end of the Tampon Tax in 2016. • Attend events including debates and discussions, club and pub nights, quizzes, Academic representation film screenings and performances Students are central to the academic community, and the Union facilitates the STUDENTS’ UNION • Stand and vote in the elections to influence and steer the future of the Students’ Union spaces for student voices to shape their • Campaign on pivotal political issues educational experience. With Student or other things close to your heart Representatives working on a course level, and students coordinating on a departmental level, the Union ensures that student views At the centre of our inspiring Societies and sport are heard within the community. The Union organises most of the extra- student community is the curricular activities at Goldsmiths, providing Advice Service Union – a place to relax, get to over 100 sports clubs and societies to join, Confidential, non-judgmental, impartial and the opportunity to start your own. know people and enjoy yourself, advice is provided to Goldsmiths students, With the chance to meet like-minded people, free of charge, on issues related to your and somewhere that aims to enhance your skills and complement your university experience. There are also a huge inspire and empower you to education, societies are central to the variety of digital resources to help break Goldsmiths experience. down any barriers to student life, including change the world around you. information on employment and housing. More energetic opportunities come in the form of more than 30 sports clubs, with the chance Eat, drink, shop, do to compete in the national sporting arena or The Union runs a variety of services on campus get involved in recreational sports and games. to help you enjoy student life and make it affordable. The Stretch, which is a bar and You can find the full list of clubs and nightclub, hosts a variety of events throughout societies at goldsmithssu.org/activities – the week, and a space for socialising in the with new groups being added all the time. Students’ Union building. The Union shop in Talented Athlete Programme the Richard Hoggart Building carries a wide The Talented Athlete Programme gives you variety of Goldsmiths merchandise, snacks, the chance to develop your sporting prowess and an extensive range of art materials – all at alongside your academic studies. Students who student-friendly prices. Club Pulse provides the already compete at a high national level can perfect spot for a workout, with an extensive Key fact You’ll get free membership apply to join the programme, and successful suite of fitness facilities and packed timetable of Student Central, the students will be offered financial support, of exercise classes. For students with young University of London reasonable academic flexibility and discounted children, there is also a nursery on campus, with union, and will be able to membership to our on-campus gym, Club Pulse. spots available for new youngsters each year. Find out more access their social and goldsmithssu.org sports facilities too
34 Where London meets the world 35 Halls of residence Accessible accommodation: If you have We have more than 1,500 rooms in our halls of specific accessibility requirements, contact our residence. Many halls are located in New Cross, Accommodation team. They’ll be happy to help. Key fact while others are a short commute away and Flats and houses leased by the Our halls are priced allow you to live in a different part of London. very competitively in University of London Accommodation is self-catered, and is generally comparison to other Accommodation in flats and houses can be made up of single occupancy bedrooms within nearby London universities found and managed for you by the University shared self-contained flats, where you have access of London Student Housing Team. This means to a shared kitchen and either a private shower you can live independently with the reassurance and toilet or a shared bathroom. Some studio flats of having the University of London as your and accommodation for couples is also available. landlord. Rents are competitive, and you can Find out more The halls are managed by Goldsmiths or in choose to live close to the Goldsmiths campus. gold.ac.uk/ partnership with a private provider. All residents accommodation/halls Privately rented flats and houses have access to security staff and office teams who Renting your own flat or house means you are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week decide where you live, who you share with, to provide a safe and secure living environment. and the type of accommodation you want. Rent includes all utility bills (ie electricity, South-East London is relatively cheap compared water and gas), basic possessions insurance to other parts of the capital, and the Students’ and internet access. Union holds flat-sharing events to make it easier for you to meet new friends and flatmates. ACCOMMODATION Once you’ve applied to study at Goldsmiths, we’ll send you more information about applying Couples and families for halls of residence. If you want to share with If you’re coming to London to study with your people of the same gender please let us know on partner or family you can access the University your application and we will try to meet requests. of London Housing Services database of private Studying in an exciting city like International students: We guarantee housing. This gives you lists of places available to rent. Visit housing.lon.ac.uk to find out more. London is a fantastic experience. a place in halls to all international students*. And it’s even better when you know you’re living somewhere Halls of residence safe, comfortable and affordable. Residents Distance from campus En-suite bathroom Students per flat/floor Batavia Mews UG & PG 5-minute walk No 7-20 students per flat Goldsmiths offers a range of options – Chesterman House UG 5-minute walk Yes Varies whether you prefer the supported Dean House Mostly PG 5-minute walk Yes Varies environment of halls of residence on Loring Hall UG 5-minute walk Yes Varies or near campus, or more independent McMillan UG & PG 20-minute walk Yes 6 students per flat; living that lets you mix with a wider Student Village single studios available London student population. Our Mansion View Mostly PG 30-minute commute No 2-6 students per flat residence life team means that whether Mansion Wharf UG 10-minute commute No 4-5 students per flat you’re living in halls or at home, Quantum Court UG & PG 20-minute commute Yes 2-6 students per flat everyone can get involved in our lively Raymont Hall UG & PG 20-minute walk Yes Varies and friendly campus community. Surrey House UG 5-minute walk No Varies Surrey House Annexe UG 5-minute walk Yes Varies Town Hall, Camberwell UG & PG 15-minute commute In some cases Varies Please note: this list is subject to change as not all halls of residence may be available every year *Subject to application deadlines; please see gold.ac.uk/accommodation for details
36 Where London meets the world 37 Find out more gold.ac.uk/facilities FACILITIES The Library Careers Service Departmental facilities Our Library has been recognised as one of the We’re part of the The Careers Group, University Many of our academic departments have their best in the country for facilities and opening of London, and offer free professional careers own facilities, including: hours. It stays open all night during term time, advice and services that we encourage you to and has space for individual and group study. start using as early as possible in your university • Art: studio space and research labs for casting, You won’t have to travel far Our reading list system provides easy access to career. You can: constructed textiles, fine art printmaking, 3D module reading materials. We run a variety of printing, media research, metal, photography, to get to some impressive sessions to help you familiarise yourself with • Get ideas for your future by chatting print and dye, stitch and fabric, and woodwork to careers consultants facilities – from a library that’s the library and enhance your academic skills. • Search for jobs and internship opportunities • Computing: virtual reality and interactive As a Goldsmiths student, you can also use Senate audiovisual spaces, and labs with the latest open 24/7 during term time, House Library (University of London), giving • Meet employers from a variety of industries technologies and software, including 3D by attending employer presentations, to professional careers advice. you access to millions of books, journals and industry panels, and networking events printers, a motion-capture suite, and games lab digital resources, and beautiful study spaces. • Design: workshops with digital equipment, As a Goldsmiths student you • Get your CV checked and take part in computing suites and studio space Computers and other equipment practice interviews can also access many additional You can use PCs or Macs inside the Library • Attend workshops to learn more about things • Media and Communications: photography, University of London facilities. and at many points around the campus, like job-hunting and postgraduate study radio and TV studios as well as the latest digital video and audio editing equipment, where you can access the internet, your ENPS (essential news production College email and shared files using our And if you’re an international student you can system) facilities, animation and image campus wireless network. Our virtual learning attend events that give you advice on finding manipulation software and hardware environment, ‘Learn.Gold’, gives you access work and applying for a visa after you graduate. • Music: pioneering sound studios (including to online learning activities and materials. We’re also proud to take part in the Tier 1 the Electronic Music Studio), a commercial- Graduate Entrepreneur visa scheme, which You can borrow audio-visual equipment like standard recording studio, and numerous allows our graduates to develop a genuine and cameras, lighting equipment and projectors, performance opportunities and activities credible business idea with dedicated business and our Digital Media Suite provides video- and • Psychology: extensive facilities for behavioural support for up to 24 months. audio-editing software and sound-proof editing and psychophysical testing, including motion booths. We also have an in-house Print Services Find out more about everything available through tracking, infant lab, and fully equipped unit, which offers digital printing and finishing our Careers Service at gold.ac.uk/careers laboratories for stereotactic non-invasive services – perfect for producing things like brain stimulation (see page 90 for details) colour portfolios and other creative work. • Theatre and Performance: a 160-seat theatre, performance studios, a scenography workshop, wardrobe and props stores
38 Where London meets the world 39 SUPPORT Welcome Week Each September, we host a week packed full of events to welcome new students – from The Student Centre The Student Centre provides a wide range of services and support in one location. There We’re here to give you all the official inductions to campus and local are specialist staff who can assist you with any area tours, support services fairs, Students’ problems, and who run events and activities help and guidance you need Union activities and a Freshers’ Fayre. to help you make the most out of your time at during your time at university – If you’re joining us from outside the UK, there are Goldsmiths. If you have any questions, get in touch and they’ll point you in the right direction. whether things are going well plenty of exciting opportunities to get involved and find out all you need to know about your Advice or if you’re going through new life as a student in London. Why not take The Student Centre has a confidential service, a tough patch. a sightseeing boat trip on the river Thames as where staff can support you with welfare we explore iconic sights, or make friends from matters like finance, consumer issues, and around the world at an international meet housing. They can also assist you with your and greet hosted by the Students’ Union? student loan enquiries, and help you access discretionary funding in cases of hardship. We try to put everything in place so that you have a great time meeting other new Inclusion and learning support students and getting to know the campus If you need advice and guidance on reasonable and everything Goldsmiths has to offer. adjustments and additional support (including Disabled Students Allowances [DSA]) you can get in touch with our Learning Support Emotional and mental health Officers. The team can also advise on how to Our Wellbeing team assists students who obtain evidence for those who think they may experience emotional or personal issues affecting have a specific learning difficulty (dyslexia, their mental health. The team provides a daily dyspraxia, ADD etc). Short screenings and drop-in service, counselling and wellbeing one-to- full assessments are provided at a subsidised ones, and holds workshops and group activities rate. We also have a Study Skills Team offering throughout the year. Topics include dealing bookable 30-minute one-to-one sessions to assist with stress, procrastination, resilience, ‘finding you in developing your academic skills. The your voice’, and meditation. The team can also team also contributes to a series of academic support students experiencing mental ill-health skills workshops throughout the year. to access local NHS and specialist services.
40 Where London meets the world 41 Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Your academic department English language support Chaplaincy Get the most out of your studies by attending a weekly PAL session. PAL helps first-year You’ll have a personal tutor in your department to support you academically during your studies The Chaplaincy is a multi-faith team here for everyone, regardless of religious beliefs and students settle into university life. Sessions and advise you on other support services. We offer in-sessional academic language practices. They welcome anyone who wants provide a safe space for first years to explore and There’s also a Departmental Student development courses for students enrolled someone to talk to, or just spend time with. get to know their subject, course and classmates. Coordinator – a fellow student who is there on Goldsmiths degrees who don’t speak They are run by experienced students who know exactly what it’s like to start at uni, so they can to represent you on academic issues. English as their first language. All in-sessional courses are designed to develop your language Health help you get the most out of your time. You can even chat to the PAL team before you arrive at Academic writing and study skills in line with the academic tasks you will face on your degree. If you live in halls of residence or close to campus you can register at one of several nearby Goldsmiths. Find out more at gold.ac.uk/pal Need advice on writing your essays or surgeries. There’s also an NHS Walk-in Centre or by emailing email@example.com Courses aim to: presenting your work? We run sessions on close to the campus open 365 days a year. See page 19 to read what one of our mentors academic literacy, study skills, and language • Give you an awareness of the conventions and students using the scheme said about it. development. You can also book an appointment and requirements of traditional academic with one of our resident Royal Literary writing and presentations Fellows – professional writers who can help • Help you expand and develop language you improve your essay-writing skills. that applies in your area of study • Familiarise you with other written genres (for example, letters requesting sponsorship, non-traditional creative essay forms, or exam techniques) Courses run for two hours each week during the autumn and spring terms, and in many cases relate directly to your subject of study. As well as courses for second-language speakers, some departments also arrange short workshops on academic conventions and study skills for native English speakers. Find out more gold.ac.uk/support
42 Where London meets the world 43 Key fact 18% of our students are from outside the EU GOLDSMITHS International impact We have students from around 140 countries, and provide a welcoming international atmosphere. Our academics are just as cosmopolitan, and AND THE WORLD their diverse experience and perspectives enrich their teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), nearly three quarters of our research was rated as world- leading or internationally excellent. This means Goldsmiths is an you’ll be working alongside academics who international institution lead their fields and influence global debate. that works with universities Country-specific information On our website you’ll find information relating and creative organisations to individual countries, including: how to apply; • University of Gothenburg across the globe. This helps country visits; entry requirements; fees and • University of Helsinki to create a thriving, exciting funding; local representatives. Find out more by visiting gold.ac.uk/international/regions • University of Lisbon and inclusive community. • University of Luxembourg Erasmus+ • University of Malta In many of our departments it’s possible • University of Peloponnese to study abroad for a term as part of the • University of Rotterdam Erasmus+ programme. At undergraduate • University of Vienna level we have exchange agreements • University of Warsaw with the following institutions: Find out more at gold.ac.uk/erasmus • American University, Bulgaria • CEU San Pablo University, Madrid Study Abroad • Dalarna University, Sweden International students have the opportunity • Humboldt University of Berlin to come to Goldsmiths to live, study and • Roskilde University, Denmark socialise with undergraduate students, and • University of Amsterdam the opportunity to gain academic credits from • University of Cologne a British university. Find out more about the • University of Copenhagen programme at gold.ac.uk/studyabroad
44 Where London meets the world 45 Open Days At our friendly Open Days you can chat Explore our buzzing to staff, tour the campus, and attend talks and events. We plan lots of events campus at an Open Day, throughout the year: check the latest dates or from the comfort and book online at gold.ac.uk/open-days Virtual Open Day of your home during If you can’t make it to an Open Day, our a Virtual Open Day Virtual Open Day gives you the chance to experience Goldsmiths on your computer or tablet, and put your questions to staff and students during regular web chats. Access our Virtual Open Day and register for web chats at gold.ac.uk/open-days/virtual Campus tours Take a look around the campus and get a feel for the area during a student-led tour. Check when the next tours are happening at gold.ac.uk/campus-tours VISIT US You’re also welcome to come and take a look around the campus on your own during working hours. It’s best to visit during term time when the campus is full of students – you’ll find details at gold.ac.uk/term-dates The best way to experience Masterclasses and summer schools Goldsmiths is to visit us. We run subject-based masterclasses and summer schools, delivered by leading academic You’ll really get a feel for staff, throughout the year. They’re a chance the place – from the exciting to experience university life while gaining skills that can help your application. Find out things that go on here to the more at gold.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges welcoming atmosphere. Events Music recitals, degree shows and other lively and inspirational public events take place almost every day at Goldsmiths. Feel free to come along; you can check listings at gold.ac.uk/events Applicant Days Once you’ve applied and we’ve offered you a place, you’ll be invited to an Applicant Day, where you can find out more about your course and meet people in your department. Find out more gold.ac.uk/visit-us
At Goldsmiths we combine thinking with doing. You’ll be taught by people who will open your mind to new ideas. And you’ll learn how to apply these concepts to the real world. WHERE THEORY MEETS PRACTICE
54 Where theory meets practice 55 ANTHROPOLOGY Careers Our graduates have gone on to work for the UN, World Bank, BBC, NGOs, law firms, media companies and CSR (corporate social responsibility) consultancies, while Understand society and Why study anthropology at Goldsmiths? others have pursued Anthropology examines what it means to our place in it by studying be human in different parts of the world. academic careers anthropology in a department At Goldsmiths we look at the subject from a contemporary perspective, using it as a lens that’s been ranked first in the to explore everything from myth and ritual to UK for effective teaching. new technologies, and from gender inequality Key facts to power and difference. We are ranked first in the UK for effective teaching Student insight You’ll explore the subject of anthropology in (Guardian University “Before joining Goldsmiths I was in an all-girls a local and global context, and in relation to other League Tables 2017) and catholic high school in Jakarta, which is very disciplines including media, politics, religion, sixth in the UK for the quality of our research† much my comfort zone. I found out about philosophy and psychology. We are unique in the Goldsmiths from my sister, and decided that this UK in offering a dedicated undergraduate degree university might suit my interests and be the in visual anthropology that will teach you to use a place where I can learn and thrive. I’m glad I range of media – digital video, still photography, chose to study in London because I got to learn sound – to investigate anthropological issues. Find out more to be independent by living outside my comfort After all, we want you to graduate with a degree gold.ac.uk/anthropology zone. I am finding the course to be interesting that has weight and genuine application in the and exciting. I am happy to be around people real world. Which is why we make sure you who are open, critical, and creative in their study anthropology’s core methods and theories ways of expressing their opinions.” alongside specialist subject areas relevant to Rachel, BA Anthropology & Media contemporary life. The Goldsmiths campus has a thriving international community, so you’ll be able to study with a global mix of students, giving you a wider range of anthropological perspectives. Programme A-level/BTEC Additional requirements And you could also study abroad. The Department BA (Hons) Anthropology A-level: BBB — of Anthropology offers an Erasmus+ exchange gold.ac.uk/ug/ba-anthropology BTEC: DDM programme, which could see you living in a BA (Hons) Anthropology & Media A-level: BBB — European city for part of your degree. gold.ac.uk/ug/ba-anthropology-media BTEC: DDM Our students rate their time and experience BA (Hons) Anthropology & Sociology A-level: BBB — gold.ac.uk/ug/ba-anthropology-sociology BTEC: DDM with us very highly. In the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), anthropology at Goldsmiths BA (Hons) Anthropology & Visual Practice A-level: BBB — received a high score of 94% for the overall gold.ac.uk/ug/ba-anthropology-visual-practice BTEC: DDM quality of our teaching. BA (Hons) History & Anthropology A-level: BBB — gold.ac.uk/ug/ba-history-anthropology BTEC: DDM Integrated Degree in Anthropology — — (including Foundation Year) gold.ac.uk/ug/integrated-degree-anthropology We accept a wide range of qualifications in addition to the ones listed here. See pages 108-109 for more information. Please check online prospectus entries for details of any additional entrance requirements.
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