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About the Program
With over 10,000 students and an international reputation for academic excellence across creative, cognitive, cultural, and social disciplines, Goldsmiths, University of London is a global leader in the creative industries and arts. Here, you have the freedom to control the breadth and depth of your learning by choosing courses from across Goldsmith's academic departments, including the Arts, Design, Social Sciences, Humanities, Management, and Computing. You'll study and socialise alongside other Goldsmiths students... and become a fully integrated member of this dynamic, creative community.
- 9/21/19 - 12/14/19
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- Application Requirements
- Transcript - Official
- Advisor Approval Form
- Goldsmith College Application Form
- Complete Application
- $95 Online Application Fee
- Copy of Passport
- Course Prerequisites:
- Students applying to take studio art courses at Goldsmiths College will be required to submit a portfolio of past work for consideration by the college.
- Course Prerequisites:
- Some courses may have prerequisites.
- 2 Years of College
- English Language Proficiency:
- Native English speaker or satisfactory TOEFL scores
- Minimum GPA:
You'll enroll in 4 elective courses, each worth 4 credits. You may earn up to a total of 16 credits.
The number of contact hours for each course varies and may be comprised of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Due to differences in the British higher education system, there is no standard for the number of days a week a course may meet. Class meeting times vary across departments and subject areas.
The academic structure lists a small sample of the hundreds of courses available. You will have access to introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in a variety of subject areas. See below for information how to access the Goldsmiths website for a full list of courses. If you wish to enroll in studio-based courses in fine art, textiles, or design, you must submit a portfolio for review with slides, photographs, or digital images of your work, demonstrating your level and suitability for the course. We recommended that you provide accompanying text explaining the context of your work and the processes you undertook to create it.
You’ll complete a Goldsmiths Application Form indicating course selections and alternates before you leave for London. Course schedules will be finalized after you arrive, but keep in mind that the add/drop process can be difficult, so choose your courses wisely. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.
All Levels Course Structure
The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.
*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.
Goldsmiths, University of London offers a wide variety of courses. For this reason, we’ve created a set of instructions to help you navigate and find courses on the Goldsmiths, University of London website.
Choosing Your Courses
View Goldsmiths, University of London courses to view a listing of subject areas offered at Goldsmiths.
To view specific courses, click on the department areas. You may also choose to search for courses by keyword using the appropriate link in the right-side navigation box (“Search programmes using keywords”). Modules are listed by year.
Course Code Key: Course numbers correspond to the following levels:
51 = UK year 1 = US 200 Level
52 = UK year 2 = US 300 Level
53 = UK year 3 = US 400 Level
For example, "The Short Story EN51004A" is a UK year 1, or US 200 Level course.
Courses may be offered for various terms.
- Autumn = Fall Semester
- Spring = Spring Term (January to June)
- Full Year = Fall, Spring & Summer Terms. Only students studying for the full three terms make take this course.
Although you will be registered for only 4 courses per semester session, we recommend that you get between 8 and 10 courses approved by your home university. Full year students will be taking a total of 8 courses maximum.
You will notice that no timetable information is available on the Goldsmiths website. At this point, you are pre-registering for courses and getting your courses approved in order to be accepted at the university. Upon arrival, your schedule will be distributed to you and you will go through orientation/registration at Goldsmiths. However, it is important to note that drop/add facilities might be difficult to accommodate.
Return your online Goldsmiths application form, to CEA Headquarters. This form, in addition to your official transcript and other application materials, will be forwarded to Goldsmiths, University of London for course pre-registration purposes. Final registration will take place once you arrive in London.
Important Points to Consider When Choosing Courses:
- When looking at courses it is important to look carefully at the prerequisites listed for each course. (They are listed on the website ) Some courses may be appropriate for students without previous background in that subject area, while some/ many require extensive experience. Your transcript will be reviewed by the college prior to placement in all modules.
- If you wish to take practical courses in the areas of fine art, textiles or design you must have some experience in these areas. All students must submit a portfolio of past work (preferably online) to demonstrate their level (at least 10 pieces to 30 max). This should consist of color photocopies, slides or photographs etc, representing your level and suitability for the modules you are requesting. It is recommended that the online portfolio be accompanied by some explanation of the work and the process that was undertaken to create it.
- Language courses (mostly Chinese), are open to study abroad students. However, beginning courses do expect students to have a background in that language. Students will be admitted to language courses on a case by case basis, as determined by the college.
- Professional and Continuing Education Classes are offered in Art Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Therapy, Cultural and Social Studies and Performing Arts. The courses are taught in the evening and occasionally during the weekends. Students will receive the same credit for these courses as if they were taught during the week.
If you have further questions regarding how to select courses or about the CEA program at Goldsmiths, University of London please contact a CEA Admission Counselor at 1-800-266-4441.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.
The official home of England’s royal family for 900 years, Windsor claims to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Tour the immense grounds, lavish staterooms, crowd-pleasing dollhouse, art gallery, and chapel. You’ll also visit the state apartments, from the intimate chambers of Charles II to the enormous Waterloo Chamber, built to commemorate the victory over Napoleon in 1815. All are exquisitely furnished with important works of art from the Royal Collection. After lunch, head across the bridge from the castle toward the college of Eton, the exclusive school that’s educated eighteen former British prime ministers and members of the royal family.
The beautiful city of Cambridge is known for its academia, architecture, and majestic buildings, like Kings College and Great St Mary’s Church. Enjoy a guided tour of the colleges and learn about the history of the University, as well some of the pranks Cambridge students get up to. Take a punt down the river Cam, or jump on a bicycle and see the city the way the locals do.
Oxford is famous world-over for its University which, with its thirty-eight colleges, is the home of British academia. Oxford was established in the 9th century and residence of both royalty and scholars for over 800 years; today, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. The excursion to Oxford begins with a walking tour of the delights of Carfax Tower, Bodelian Library, Ashmolean Museum, and Christ Church, founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1524 and one of Oxford's largest colleges. More recently, Christ Church gained fame as a setting in several Harry Potter films. After the tour, you’ll have free time to explore other colleges, shop in the covered market, or try your hand at a traditional Oxford past-time: punting on the river which, similar to a Venetian gondolier, tests your strength and navigation skills.
Stonehenge and Bath
Travel by coach from London to Salisbury Plain, site of mysterious Stonehenge. The first stones are believed to have been placed as many as 5000 years ago, with the final phase completed around 1,500 BC. Wonder at how prehistoric man managed to transport these stones, weighing up to 5 tons each, across many miles before the invention of the wheel. Continue on to Bath, famous for its hot springs and 2000-year-old Roman Baths. The tour includes a visit to the Baths, where you can walk in the footsteps of the Romans and even taste the spring waters. Later, join a guided walking tour of this World Heritage city to admire its Regency architecture, including the Royal Crescent.
This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.
Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.
Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.
Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA before purchasing airline tickets.
You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.
Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.