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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?
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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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Founded in 1891, and part of the renowned University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths has a rich academic history but we’re also known for our creative approach. With world-leading research and high-quality teaching, a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths will empower you to change the world around you.Read more
After much research on which uni to attend I chose Goldsmiths for its diverse approach to study and in particular the area of politics. Goldsmiths as a college is a diverse place to study, with lots of arts and politics leading to lively discussions with other students in the Students' Union, and even the queue for a sandwich can turn into an interesting discussion. I am now working on my dissertation and on completion I hope to go back to working in government in an international capacity or working at a think tank looking at foreign policy issues.
"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."
"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."
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.
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