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From the future of the BBC to disaster relief in the Philippines, the study of media, communications and cultural studies addresses the important issues of our times. At Goldsmiths, that study is creative, critical and radical. We explore media through hands-on experience of professional and experimental media-making and a range of philosophical, political psychological and technological perspectives from the global to the intimate construction of identity. Why choose Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths?
We’re ranked among the world's best
We’re in the global top ten for communication and media studies (QS World University Rankings by subject 2018), and first in the UK for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014 Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings). We work closely with the Centre for Feminist Research, the Centre for Investigative Journalism and house important research centres in media democracy and political economy. We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals.
We’re dynamic and creative
You’ll have access to a calendar of events featuring world-renowned practitioners, thinkers and policymakers that have recently included the Guild of British Film and Television Editors, the Anti-Austerity and Media Activism conference, the Putnam Enquiry into the future of the BBC and New Urban Multicultures workshop. We are the home of East London Lines – a 24/7 news website run by our students, the Curzon Goldsmiths Cinema, and work closely with Goldsmiths Press and new gallery and installation spaces on campus.
We’re inside the media
You’ll take practice courses taught by industry professionals and skilled practitioners in a department devoted to integrating criticism and creation. Industry speakers, networking events, careers fairs and the option to undertake work placements alongside international exchange programmes connect us to the wide world of media work.
Our graduates are working as:
• Advertising and marketing executives
• Media researchers
• NGO, government and corporate communications staff
• TV producers
• Public relations offices
In the 21st century, every business, government department and charity is in media and communications. Our degrees offer you the skills, knowledge and intellectual agility to meet current demands and to adapt and lead in a rapidly changing world. Our graduates have gone on to become leading teachers and researchers, and to employment in organisations including the BBC, The Times and Oxfam.
You won't just be pressing buttons: you'll learn to ask how and why media technologies, institutions and audiences work the way they do, and how they could work differently. You’ll gain hands-on experience in excellent media facilities with active industry and creative professionals. Our industry connections have seen students working with companies such as M&C Saatchi, Google, YouTube and Motorola, as independent creators, and in charities and activist organisations.
You’ll gain transferable skills critical to your success across all sectors: commercial awareness, critical analysis and research, teamwork, craft knowledge and a creative and independent approach to tasks. In developing your skills, we encourage you to use critical thinking to become independent, imaginative and inventive.
Students Win Prizes
Among other prizes, our students have recently won The Royal Television Society, Charles Parker Student Radio and BBC World student awards and had films shown at BAFTA, the Sheffield Documentary and Annecy Animation festivals. Graduates have gone on to become leading figures in fields from music video to global news.
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This unique programme introduces you to the variety of ways in which brands are developed and used, and helps you to understand how the growth of branding – in business, but also in politics, government, sport and culture – has changed the societies we live in. Read more
This programme allows you to develop the business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise on your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge. Read more
The MA Cultural Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary culture, politics and society. Read more
On this programme we interrupt theory with practice, and practice with theory – we aim to engage you, intellectually and critically, and with enthusiasm, in a cultural studies project that questions everything. Read more
‘Culture is a paradoxical commodity. So completely is it subject to the law of exchange that it is no longer exchanged; it is so blindly consumed in use that it can no longer be used. Read more
The MA Digital Media is unique in its combination of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary media and technology. Read more
Address the image world, find out how images create meaning, and discover what you can do with what you see on this eclectic MA programme If this degree were a film we’d be watching the beginning and the end. Read more
If you want to be a filmmaker this is the place to learn, gain experience and make films you will be proud to have on your show reel. Read more
If you are passionate about pursuing a career as a cinematographer in an environment that promotes innovative filmmaking, this programme is for you. Read more
The MA Filmmaking (Directing Fiction) is the premier place to develop your skills as a director, working on a range of projects from personal ‘essay’ films… Read more
This MA will enhance your narrative skills as an editor of fiction for film and television. This Masters is a pathway of MA Filmmaking , so that in addition to your specialised training you will collaborate with students across all specialisms on a variety of film projects. Read more
The MA Filmmaking (Producing) will provide you with a thorough training in all aspects of producing – from the conception of an initial idea through to development, financing, production and release. Read more
This MA will develop your skills and creative vision in documentary production. It enhances your understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary production against a backdrop of the wider issues in media production. Read more
Something happens when you add sound to an image. And filmmaking depends upon the strength of this relationship. Ultimately it’s what makes a film work – it’s what moves your audience. Read more
This MA looks at contemporary changes in media and communications, by putting into perspective the transformations that affect the way people live and work, national and international institutions evolve, and how cultural practices develop. Read more