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About the course

The MA Art & Ecology is a fifteen-month studio-based post-graduate programme for emerging artists who want to engage in meaningful and transformative ways with the most pressing ecological questions of our time.

This is a unique programme located in the urban environment of South East London that seeks to develop new ways in which contemporary art practice can make interventions in a wide range of ecological contexts and extend the ways in which ecology is understood. During this MA we support artists to develop art practices in diverse sites and scales dedicated to imagining and shaping liveable futures.

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Entry Requirements

You will need to hold a BA in Fine Art or other relevant discipline, or equivalent experience (e.g. photography, architecture, performance, creative writing, and environmental humanities and sciences), if there is sufficient evidence of a strong artistic practice.

Applicants will also be asked to propose a project. Admission is by interview only.


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Student Profile(s)

Yasamina

Having been at Goldsmiths and London for more than a month, I have noticed a very diverse and dynamic campus, accommodating people from different backgrounds, and different different. The university hosts a variety of programmes and events on various subjects, a number of which I have enjoyed participating in over the past month. These programmes give an insight into the topics that are being researched and worked on in other departments, and provide an opportunity to further explore counter-relations.

Goldsmiths staff were understanding and helpful, as were staff in the Art Department, who helped with any problems or issues I had.

As a Photography graduate from the University of Tehran, I have never experienced studying in such an internationally engaged institution. I have met many students from all over the world, making the programme a great place to share opinions and ideas while building inter-cultural relationships. I find Goldsmiths a great place for networking, and getting to know now-established and future figures in my field, which brings the possibility of collective working in the future.

I expect Goldsmiths to hold on to these principles, continue improving support for international students, and maintain a diverse campus.

Helena

I graduated from MFA Curating in 2016, I chose Goldsmiths because I felt related to the way of thinking of the academics and professors. I always enjoyed the thought of studying at a University that produces so much knowledge, debate and new ideas. I felt the art department was a space for exchange, encounters, friends and collaborations, but most of all, with the freedom for creating and developing your own work.

The first year of study was really hard. I guess every Masters degree makes you constantly question your own practice. I was reflecting so much on my role as a curator and my own interests. Yet, in second year everything made sense. The Goldsmiths scheme allowed me to be reflective, critical and speculative. It also gave me a lot of time to think, to read, to see and to reflect on my work. Tutors were continuously challenging and questioning your practice but were also very supportive.

Besides that, I really enjoyed my colleagues, as we all went through this experience together. I am still friends with many of them and I am part of a curatorial collective some of us created after the course.

Since graduating, I have done all sorts of things in the art-field! I have curated shows in different cities, I have published a book, I have worked as a Research Coordinator in a contemporary art museum, I have written for different media, and I have funded my own project. My independent practice has allowed me to form relationships with institutions, artists, and fellow-curators whilst also giving me the chance to pursue my own interests. I have had the opportunity to have residencies; last year I was part of Shanghai Curators Lab. Currently I am based in Mexico City and I am working at Salón ACME; I am Fellow Curator at MARCE Museum and I'm chief curator of Palmera ardiendo, an independent platform for contemporary art.

Goldsmiths gave me the confidence to become a curator. Critical thinking as well as freedom of thought, academic rigour and a practical approach are fundamental things I found at Goldsmiths. Thanks to my whole process of doing an MFA in London nowadays I can engage with projects of any size. I feel like I can take risks, experiment and develop my practice in different areas.

Francesca

I was always challenged by the faculty, the guest speakers, the readings and the projects we were assigned. The organization of the course mimicked the real-life enterprise of a curator—in having to constantly conceive innovative content that is both academically sound, relevant, and, hopefully, visually stimulating and provocative. The faculty encouraged us to probe deeply into the socio-political and economic structures underpinning the art, theory, and narratives we were engaging with, and lead by the example with their own writings and programming. I thrived because of the healthy distribution of class time, coursework, and personal time for museum-going and socializing with the many colleagues—curators, artists, and other arts workers, who I’m friends with to this day. The course afforded me enough time that I was also to hold a part-time job at the non-profit art space Studio Voltaire, which was an economic plus that also afforded me additional professional experience.

Scholarships

10% fee discount to home students and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fee discount to home students and equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international students

Eligibility

The award is available to:

Home and international students (full-time and part-time) who received a first class undergraduate honours degree from a British higher education institution

You must be applying for a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Read the full definitions for the eligibility criteria of the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver on our website.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for the Excellence Fee Waiver, Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at the point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award.

Please ensure you upload your final degree transcript or certificate as proof of your classification to your MyGoldsmiths account. The fee waiver will not be applied unless proof of your classification has been provided.

Awardees must meet all other eligibility criteria at point of enrolment or they will no longer be eligible for the award. The fee discount will then be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Alumni Fee Waiver.


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10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fee discount to home alumni, and the equivalent amount in pounds sterling to international alumni.

Eligibility

The award is available to the following Goldsmiths graduates:

- Home and international graduates (full-time and part-time)
- Study Abroad graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London LaSalle graduates
- Goldsmiths, University of London Distance Learning programme graduates who have been awarded a BA in English, BSc in Computing and Information Systems, or a BSc in Creative Computing

You must be applying to start a taught Masters programme (MRes and PGCE programmes are not included).

Application Procedure

The fee discount will be applied automatically after full enrolment has been completed.

Please note: this award cannot be combined with the Goldsmiths Excellence Fee Waiver.


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