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About the course

Working from a materially diverse basis, this programme engages with a range of empirical, aesthetic, conceptual and material issues that traverse and exceed both 'art' and ‘politics’ to speak with our current contemporaneity.

Why study MA Art & Politics at Goldsmiths?

  • Explore practices and issues related to our current contemporaneity in terms of public space, democracy, equality, participation, states of exception, collectivity, performance and justice.
  • Examine a range of material practices and strategies which, in the encounter between art and politics, play out in numerous forms and very different kinds of social spaces.
  • Develop frameworks and spaces that are mixed and mobile, and which can operate in trans-disciplinary settings. You'll join students from a range of backgrounds and
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Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.


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Student Profile(s)

Victoria Burgher

The best things about my time studying at Goldsmiths were the intellectual stimulation of the MA Art & Politics course and the inspiring and interesting people I learnt from and studied with. It provided valuable skills in critical thinking, self-reflection and coping with creative and mental challenges. It gave me the confidence and support to continue my academic career and develop a more critical approach to my art practice.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths I have won awards, fellowships and funding from the British Council, Arts Council and Open Society Foundations. I have presented my work at the Black Europe Summer School in Amsterdam and at Birkbeck, University of London, as well in numerous exhibitions in the UK and Europe. As an artist and educator I have worked in school and community settings, focusing on workshops for young people with special educational needs.

Tausif

I found out about Goldsmiths while I was researching MA degrees in London after I had finished my undergraduate degree. Before I came to Goldsmiths, I worked in various organisations in India as a Fulbright Scholar from 2014 to 2015, and then lived in Washington DC and worked in consulting.

I loved the academic freedom that Goldsmiths offers, and the chance to explore topics that are related to my interests, and even topics that aren't. I absolutely loved London – it has an incredible energy and a DIY spirit, and living in London was incredibly inspirational for my writing and personal development.

While at Goldsmiths, I worked at the Imperial War Museum and at the cultural agency Culture+Conflict, both of which were incredibly formative experiences. I have also been writing freelance criticism for Artforum, ArtAsiaPacific, frieze, and other publications.

After completing my coursework, I moved back to New York to intern at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and I am currently the Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellow at the ICA Philadelphia.

Agar

After working for more than a decade in different public art institutions, in recent years I have been focusing my research on alternative forms of institutionalism that challenge the neo-liberal trends of our times, characterised by commercialisation, in which art and culture have become exchange values.

I was looking for a discussion group to share my interests in politics, cultural policy, art and activism with, and I realised that the MA in Art & Politics at Goldsmiths addressed most of the most urgent issues I was researching.

It’s the perfect atmosphere for me to rethink my own curatorial practice and to discuss some of the current key critical theoretical discourses affecting the intersection between politics and art and its democratization.

Renan

As an International Affairs Analyst for CNN in Brazil, I need to analyse current world politics in real-time. The MA International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London prepared me well for this. It gave me the analytical tools that are key to my job and made me stand out in the competitive job market in the first place. During my studies, I learned to analyse contemporary international relations from a variety of critical perspectives. In the seminars, my lecturers often pushed me to think creatively outside the box. Beyond theories and academic analyses, the course also offered me the possibility to sharpen my job profile and gain real-world experience during a work placement module. As part of my studies, I thus worked for a human rights organisation on the situation of conflict and peace in Colombia. In doing so, I gained relevant experience in advocacy on human rights, international development and peacebuilding, including informing British MPs about the situation in Colombia. I thus feel that the MA International Relations at Goldsmiths offered the perfect combination of theory and practice.

I am the winner of the Chevening Scholarship Program awarded by the British Government to study in the United Kingdom. I was selected through a competitive process involving over 60,000 candidates from all over the world. Moreover, I am also the winner of the Gobernador Enrique Tomas Cresto award granted by the Argentine Senate recognising me as a leader of Latin America and highlighting my contribution to the continent's development. I was the youngest person in history to receive this award. In 2020, I was nominated to 2020 Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD). In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nation's General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, it's people on the continent and across it's Diaspora.

Amanda

My work placement experience at Mercy Corps was a fantastic opportunity that allowed me to bridge the coursework with applicable, transferable skills I was able to foster throughout my time there. I enjoyed getting to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working on a project start to finish that was tackling pressing issues in our world today, understanding Climate Change and Conflict nexus in fragile regions. I also was able to see what all goes into putting on a forum with different actors in this space, to have a more in-depth discussion about the multi-layered solutions for a global problem. Getting to have work experience at Mercy Corps gave me a taste of what future humanitarian work will look like after finishing the course. The people I have met at Mercy Corps has allowed me to build connections with individuals across different sectors that will help me on my path to building a meaningful career.

Scholarships

Successful applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.

Initial shortlisting by eligibility criteria will be completed by our Scholarships Co-ordinator. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are then forwarded to the next selection stage.

Applications will then be considered by the relevant Head of Academic Department. They understand that applicants will have a broad range of differing skills, attributes and experiences, so they will give equal consideration to both the applicant’s academic record and their answers to the questions posed in the award application form. They also understand that what is important is the content of the answers and their relevance to the questions, not the standard of writing.

Applications will be considered against the stated criteria. Final award recipients and reserve candidates will then be decided.

Please note that part-time students will receive the £1,000 fee waiver over two years.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also:

- Be holding an offer of study on a taught Masters programme at Goldsmiths
- Be eligible for Home fees

Application Procedure

Applications open 12 March 2021. The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021 at 12.00pm BST.

When applications open you can apply through your MyGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created when you applied for a course at Goldsmiths.

As part of the application, you will be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for. Our scholarships are very competitive, so it's important to include as much detailed information as you can.

Further Information

https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/goldsmiths-masters-scholarships/

Successful applicants will be selected on a competitive basis.

Initial shortlisting by eligibility criteria will be completed by our Scholarships Co-ordinator. All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are then forwarded to the next selection stage.

Applications will then be considered by an awarding panel. All panel members understand that applicants will have a broad range of differing skills, attributes and experiences, so they will give equal consideration to both the applicant’s academic record and their answers to the questions posed in the award application form. Panel members also understand that what is important is the content of the answers and their relevance to the questions, not the standard of writing.

The panel will consist of representatives from Admissions, Widening Participation, and an academic department. The panel will assess the applications against the stated criteria.

Final award recipients and reserve candidates will be decided by the panel.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also:

- Be holding an offer of study on a taught postgraduate programme at Goldsmiths (excluding PGCE programmes)
- Be a UK citizen and eligible for Home fees
- Be new to postgraduate study
- Be experiencing financial difficulties
- Not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths funding

Application Procedure

Applications open 12 March 2021. The deadline for applications is 28 May 2021, 12.00pm BST.

When applications open you can apply through your MyGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created when you applied for a course at Goldsmiths.

As part of the application, you will be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for. Our scholarships are very competitive, so it's important to include as much detailed information as you can.

Further Information

https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/goldsmiths-company-postgraduate-bursaries/

The awards are worth £2,000, £4,000 and £5,000: Applicants who have accepted their offer for postgraduate taught and Graduate Diploma programmes may be eligible to receive awards of £2,000 and £4,000 Applicants who have accepted their offer for undergraduate degree programmes and International Foundation Certificate programmes may be eligible to receive awards of £2,000 and £5,000

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 - £5,000

Eligibility

You must meet the general eligibility criteria and regulations. You must also be eligible to pay international fees (this includes international fee-paying students from within the EU) and have accepted an offer on an eligible Goldsmiths programme:

- Postgraduate taught degree programmes (excluding Fine Art and Design programmes)
- Graduate Diploma programmes (excluding Design)
- Undergraduate degree programmes (excluding Fine Art, Design and Fine Art Extension programmes)
- International Foundation Certificate programmes (excluding Design)

Application Procedure

You can apply by completing our application form.

You will be sent instructions after you have been made an offer of an academic place at Goldsmiths.

Applications will open on December 1 2020 and consist of two rounds.

If you apply by 31 March 2021, 11.59pm GMT, you will hear back about your application in w/c 19 April 2021. If you apply by 17 May 2021, 11.59pm BST, you will hear back about your application on or around 1 June 2021.

Further Information

https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/goldsmiths-international-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.

Further Information

https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/goldsmiths-excellence-fee-waiver/

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.

Further Information

https://www.gold.ac.uk/fees-funding/scholarships/goldsmiths-alumni-fee-waiver/

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