Goldsmiths, University of London

London, United Kingdom

No. Students: 10,147 (3,421 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 542
Funding type: Public
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Academic reputation

We blend academic rigour with creative insight. Founded in 1891, and part of the University of London since 1904, weve a rich academic history but were also known for our creative approach. From the moment you enrol youll be part of a powerful legacy of learning.

Challenging course content and excellent teaching

At Goldsmiths youll look at subjects differently. We take an interdisciplinary approach to all our degree courses, which means you wont find our subjects prescriptive and you wont find our teaching dull either.

Personal contact with leading academics

Youll be taught by and will debate with the best in the field: the people who write the books that appear on reading lists across the country. They include the digital journalists, social workers and computer programmers working in todays industries, bringing with them the experience of professional practice, and the researchers who are carrying out pioneering developments in areas as diverse as infant recognition and the anthropology of gambling.

We put your future first

With 1,400 students currently accessing work placements, and interdisciplinary programmes that reflect and respond to contemporary concerns and current practice, from the moment you join us well be helping you shape your career. Youll also benefit from our global links, and will have the opportunity to develop a network of contacts who could enhance your professional prospects.

Small campus community

We are small but mighty a close-knit community that comes from every corner of the world, which makes for a diverse learning experience (and plenty of stimulating conversation). Were based on a single-site campus within Londons vibrant New Cross, but were also just minutes from the heart of this great global city, home to major cultural landmarks including the National Theatre and Tate Modern.

Support to succeed

At Goldsmiths you can be whoever who you want to be. We nurture individual talent, providing a safe and supportive environment to grow academically and personally. We also champion the bold. Our former students reflect Goldsmiths brand of magic across the world, and are shaping the socio-cultural landscape on a global scale. Were a great place to make your mark.

About

Goldsmiths has a distinct kind of energy. Its one that stimulates. And its one that stirs. Were a small campus community with a global reach, bringing learning to life through powerful conversations and personal connections. Proud to nurture the best and the brightest minds, were looking at the world through our own lens. Emerging scholars, great thinkers, ambitious students, dedicated staff were all motivated by the same philosophy: to be a dynamic force for change.

Championing research-rich degrees that provoke thought, stretch the imagination and tap into tomorrow's world, at Goldsmiths were asking the questions that matter now. We are a community defined by its people: innovative in spirit, analytical in approach and open to all.

Services

Goldsmiths has a wide range of facilities that will help you make the most of your time here, enabling you to develop your understanding of your chosen subject and investigate areas of interest beyond your studies.

* Library facilities
* Computing facilities
* Media facilities (and copy centre)
* Language-learning facilities
* Ben Pimlott Building
* Departmental facilities

Rutherford Building

The Rutherford Building at Goldsmiths gives you access on one site to library books, journals, computer workstations, language-learning resources, extensive multimedia and audio-visual facilities, and computer-based teaching rooms.

Long opening hours mean that you can be flexible in terms of when you choose to study. The building stays open until midnight seven days a week during term time and Christmas and Easter vacations.

Library
Our library is well 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. Visit the library pages for further information about the services and collections available to you, and links to useful resources such as online newspapers, electronic exam papers and digital images. You can also download audio tours of the library to find out more. Youll be given a library tour and information skills training when you arrive at Goldsmiths.

University of London Library and other libraries
As a Goldsmiths degree student youre able to borrow books from the University of London Library, Senate House. Senate House Library is a large research library covering arts, humanities and social sciences, and is a great supplement to the facilities at Goldsmiths, housing around two million books, as well as electronic resources. As a University of London student you will also be able to use the libraries of other University of London institutions to consult specialised materials not available in the library at Goldsmiths.

IT facilities

Computing facilities

Computer workstations within the Rutherford Building comprise a mixture of PCs and Apple Macs. In addition to Microsoft Office, PCs have software for statistical analysis, bibliography, graphics and web authoring, while Mac systems have similar software but with more emphasis on industry-standard graphics, desktop publishing, and multimedia. All computers have e-mail facilities, and provide access to the internet, and to central shared resources such as course and training materials. We also have scanners, specialist equipment for video editing, and rooms for computer-based class teaching.

The wireless network at Goldsmiths will enable you to bring your own laptop onto campus and benefit from access to the web, your College shared files, and e-mail. There are dozens of wireless hotspots across the campus, including the Library, the Students Union and Refectory, and on the back field. (Three halls of residence provide network access from student rooms, while a further two have access from communal areas.)

As a Goldsmiths student youll have access to many online facilities. Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), learn.gold, is 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.

Media facilities
The Media Services Centre in the Rutherford Building provides materials, facilities, support and services to help you with all your media requirements from video to audio, and from photography to photocopying. If you need assistance when preparing for a project in a particular audio-visual medium then its the place to come. The Centre offers various do-it-yourself creative and production facilities including digital video editing (adding special effects, titles, and so on), 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.

Computers in the Rutherford Building can print to monochrome and colour printers, and a Copy Centre provides self-service photocopying, and binding and laminating facilities. A new videoconferencing service offers high definition face-to-face communication linking up to three remote sites for distance learning and collaborative work.

There's a Media Equipment Centre in the Richard Hoggart Building which provides an equipment loan service. Students can borrow equipment including video camcorders, digital and 35mm cameras, cassette recorders, and projectors.

Language-learning facilities
Whether youre interested in learning a new language, studying a language as part of your degree, or keen to build on existing language skills, the Languages Resource Centre in the Rutherford Building can help you achieve your goals. Facilities include bookable video viewing rooms, computers with software for computer assisted language learning, listening facilities, a large open access area where you can view video broadcasts, and foreign language periodicals. A comprehensive collection of foreign language documentaries and feature films will aid your progression in this area, and staff at the Language Advisory Desk can guide you through the materials available.

Ben Pimlott Building

The stunning Ben Pimlott Building - with its signature 'scribble in the sky' - has state-of-the-art facilities that reflect Goldsmiths famous interdisciplinary approach to higher education. It houses studios and teaching facilities for the Department of Art, and through the Goldsmiths Digital Studios provides opportunities to study the interrelation between the fields of visual arts practice, design, computing, media and cultural theory. The Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture is based in the building, enabling students to fuse together research on the scientific and cultural aspects of human cognition.

Departmental facilities

Many of the academic departments within Goldsmiths have special facilities designed to aid and enhance the learning experience of their students. These facilities include: nine specialist research laboratories in the Department of Art (casting; constructed textiles, digital media and video; fine art printmaking; metalwork; photography; print and dye; stitch and fabric; woodwork); extensive workshop facilities covering production processes, modelling for mass production, and a computing suite enabling 2D and 3D media, multimedia and CAD in Design; a 160-seat theatre and three performance studios in the Department of Theatre and Performance; and a photography studio, radio studio, TV studio, editing suites and video animation facilities in Media and Communications.

Student life

Being at university isn't just about studying. At Goldsmiths, and around London, you'll find a rich variety of resources to use, things to do and people to meet.

Food and drink
We offer a variety of catering facilities on campus:

* The Green Room
* The Stretch
* The Refectory
* Loafers Café
* Tastte
* Students Union Shop

Cultural events
Goldsmiths holds a variety of events on a weekly basis. The Goldsmiths Sinfonia and Chorus give regular high profile public concerts (students are eligible to join the Chorus and, by audition, the Sinfonia), and there are lunchtime recitals, performances by student-run ensembles, and gigs in the Union. In the summer months you'll be able to attend the popular Goldsmiths degree shows, featuring the work of graduating students from a range of subjects areas including art and design.

Students' Union
Heres a sample of what you can get involved in at the Union:

* Societies
* Volunteering and student development
* Sports
* Club Pulse
* Smiths Magazine
* Wired Radio
* Try Your Hand
* Advice and representation

Accommodation

All halls of residence are within walking distance of Goldsmiths, with easy access to Central London by public transport. They range from self-contained flats and converted period houses to more traditional halls of residence.

Bank

The campus NatWest bank is open every weekday, providing a range of banking facilities and a cashpoint machine. A Student Liaison Officer is available to open accounts, offer help and advice, and to answer any questions you have.

University of London Union

As a Goldsmiths student you can also use the facilities at the famous University of London Union (ULU) in Central London. ULU is a centre of excellence for student sports, competing at the very highest levels. There are also intercollegiate societies, covering the full range of interests from mountaineering to music, many of which appear at national events such as the Edinburgh Festival.

Master's Programmes at Goldsmiths, University of London

Department of Theatre and Performance

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