Total Students: 10,410
Percentage of International Students: 12%
It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths’ College. The word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but Goldsmiths’ College, with the apostrophe, remains the institution’s formal legal name.
Faculties and departments:
The Department of Art at Goldsmiths is one of the leading fine art teaching and practice-based research centres in the world. The Head of Department is Dr Richard Noble. Notable alumni include Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Fiona Banner, Sabina Goldsmith and Graham Coxon.
The Department of Design’s approach to design practice grew from a concern for ethical and environmentalist design. This developed alongside research by John Wood, and others, which informs their research into metadesign. TERU, the Technology Education Research Unit, has been instrumental in understanding how design and technology work in schools, how to encourage learners towards creative interventions that improve the made world, and how to help teachers to support that process.
The Sociology Department include NirmalPuwar, YasminGunaratnam and Vikki Bell.
The Media and Communications Department, as well as the Centre for Cultural Studies, include David Morley, Scott Lash, Angela McRobbie, NirmalPuwar and (formerly) Sara Ahmed.
Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship delivers entrepreneurship, cultural management and policy education to the creative and cultural sectors.
The Department of Anthropology teaching staff include Keith Hart and (formerly) David Graeber. The Department is known for its focus on visual anthropology. The realm of continental philosophy is represented with academics such as Saul Newman, Alberto Toscano and Jean Paul Martinon as well as Visiting Professors Andrew Benjamin and Bernard Stiegler.
English and comparative literature
The English & Comparative Literature Department is one of the university’s largest and it covers English, comparative literature, American literature, creative writing and linguistics. Current academics include Blake Morrison, Chris Baldick, UttaraNatarajan and Peter Dunwoodie. Its work in comparative literature developed after a merger with the Department of European Languages, later joined by its Creative Writing section.
The Department of Music has a number of notable alumni, including Malcolm McLaren, Katy B, James Blake, TundayAkintan, Rosie Lowe, John Cale and A. G. Cook. The Research Centre for Russian Music, convened by Alexander Ivashkin until his death in 2014, is internationally renowned for its archives devoted to Prokofiev and Schnittke, and unique collections including of music by Stravinsky, and Russian Piano Music first editions. Brian Molko, lead singer of Placebo, studied Drama at Goldsmiths and graduated in 1993. While Molko is not a music alumnus, Placebo were one of the most successful British bands of the mid to late 90’s.
The Department of Educational Studies teaches undergraduate, masters and doctoral courses, and is home to a large programme of initial teacher education (primary and secondary), based on partnership arrangements with over 1500 schools and colleges.
Additional academic programs
Goldsmiths paired with Tungsten Network in 2015 to develop a research program that explores advanced artificial intelligence techniques for Big Data and business practices. Known as Tungsten Centre for Intelligent Data Analytics, the program is based in the company’s London office.
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- Chesterman House
- Dean House
- Loring Hall
- Surrey House
- Surrey House Annexe
- Raymont Hall
- Ewan Henderson Court
Goldsmiths is situated in New Cross, a highly populated area of south-east London with a considerable art and music scene. The area is served by London Overground trains at New Cross and New Cross Gate. The main building, the Richard Hoggart Building, was originally designed as a school (opened in 1844) by the architect John Shaw, Jr (1803–1870). In addition to this Goldsmiths has built several more modern buildings to develop the campus, including the RIBA award-winning Rutherford Building completed in 1997, the Ben Pimlott Building designed by Will Alsop and completed in 2005, and the Professor Stuart Hall Building (formerly the New Academic Building) which was completed in 2010.
The library, or the Rutherford Building, has three floors and gives students access to an extensive range of printed and electronic resources. The third-floor library is believed to house the largest collection of audio-visual material in the UK. Goldsmiths’ students, like all other students in the University of London, have full access to the collections at Senate House Library at Bloomsbury in central London.
The Ben Pimlott Building
The seven-storey Ben Pimlott Building on New Cross Road, complete with its distinctive “scribble in the sky” (made from 229 separate pieces of metal) has become a signature of modern Goldsmiths. It contains studio and teaching space for the Department of Art, as well as housing the Goldsmiths Digital Studios and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture.
The Professor Stuart Hall Building (formerly the New Academic Building), situated next to the green, is home to the Media and Communications Department and the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE). Facilities include a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and teaching rooms, as well as a cafe with outdoor seating.
Goldsmiths’ alumni have been influential in the fields of art, design, visual arts, film, journalism, literature, theatre, comedy, music, politics, history, and sport.
Alumni of the Department of Art include Mark Wallinger, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Lucian Freud, Mary Quant, Bridget Riley, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Steve McQueen, Carl Hopgood, Ely Dagher, Michael Dean and Gillian Wearing, Brian Molko. The Department of Music’s better known alumni include Malcolm McLaren, Katy B, James Blake, Rosie Lowe, Robin Haigh, John Cale and A.G. Cook. Others include the TV presenter Dave Myers, singer songwriter and innovator Beatie Wolfe, BBC weather presenter Wendy Hurrell, film director and editor in chief of Kurdish Question Mehmet Aksoy. Peter Boughton, D.Litt., FSA, keeper of art, Grosvenor Museum 1983–2019.
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