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This Pre-Masters programme is aimed at postgraduate students who need a year to develop or consolidate their language skills in academic English and to undertake preliminary study in the area of design they would like to study at MA level.

You'll also have the opportunity to familiarise themselves both with ways of working in British academic culture and in the standards required at Masters degree level.

You can take it as a self-standing Diploma or as an ideal preparation for further postgraduate study. The Graduate Diploma in Design develops critical thinking, technical, practical, theoretical and creative skills relating to the study of Design.

What you'll study

Half of the programme is made up of English for Academic Purposes modules, concentrating on different areas of language development: academic writing and grammar development and The Enlightenment, its legacy and its discontents.

The other half of the programme is taught in the Department of Design. The module options in Design are intended to map on to the pathways within the MA programmes in Design.

Students will have the opportunity to tailor and align their second and third design modules to a particular Masters programme.

You'll have a personal tutor and will receive support in researching and considering various MA degree options for your future studies. You're encouraged throughout the programme to work independently and in particular to use the resources available in the Goldsmiths Library.

Assessment

Continuous assessment includes regular seminar presentations and researched essays. There will also be written, listening and oral examinations. The Design modules will be assessed by portfolio, essays, and an oral presentation.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills & careers

This programme will develop your skills in:

  • Critical reasoning
  • Textual interpretation
  • Oral and written communication

Successful completion at the required level will guarantee you a place on a relevant Goldsmiths degree programme.


Visit the Design - PgDip page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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