November 9, 2022

Graduate Diploma in Art

Goldsmiths, University of London

Mati Araoz Ellis, Mycelium Listening, 2022. Field research. Courtesy of Zhiqi Li.

Goldsmiths is pleased to announce that the Graduate Diploma in Art is now accepting applications for September 2023 entry. This innovative twelve-month, studio-based, postgraduate programme is designed for graduates who have experience related to the creative professions, or those who have trained in other areas but wish to acquire skills within a fine art context. The programme offers a point of entry for those students who intend to study at postgraduate level but do not possess the traditional academic qualifications, those students who wish to further develop a body of work, or international students that seek to improve their English language. We welcome creative practices that may involve developing drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, installation, performance, art writing, curation, textiles, fashion, photography, sound, digital media and video, as well as poetry, spoken word, history of art and theory. Specialist Art Practice Areas will provide support for a wide variety of processes that complement and extend traditional disciplines.

The Graduate Diploma in Art offers new access routes to Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art, MA Art and Ecology, MA Artists' Film and Moving Image and MFA Curating with guaranteed places. Completing the Graduate Diploma in Art will allow you to enter one of these four Goldsmiths postgraduate programmes. Throughout the year there is an opportunity to study alongside the postgraduate students and spend time within their studio, seminar and critical studies spaces. This process will help integrate you into the studio-based postgraduate community in the Department of Art. This programme will assist you to develop a critical understanding of your practice, and the contemporary artistic, academic, social, and political contexts in which practice is situated.

The programme’s location in South East London, with proximity to some of the world’s leading artistic and scientific institutions, also provides an opportunity to explore the city and use London as a resource. Additionally, the Graduate Diploma in Art provides an exceptional opportunity for you to learn skills, acquire knowledge and build networks that will be essential to propelling your professional artistic practice through to MFA / MA and beyond. We are situated on the main New Cross campus with each student having a studio space within the Art Department’s Lockwood Studios.

Students are supported by the Programme Leader Elle Reynolds, Senior Tutor Dr Joseph Noonan-Ganley, academic visitors, and artist practitioners in the field. We have an exciting external programme which includes ongoing collaborations with curators, galleries and performance spaces. The programme teaches professional skills through visits, talks and workshops led by practitioners that provide real-world insights into the kinds of innovations, negotiations and knowledge necessary to realise a successful practice. Established visiting artists and curators include Kirsten Cooke, Tyler Coburn, Gary Farrelly, Onyeka Igwe, Elsa James, Emma Edmondson, Warren Harper, Kyung Hwa Shon and Beny Wagner. Studio practice is taught through an intensive programme of individual tutorials, group critiques and study visits. The Graduate Diploma in Art shares a specialised programme of critical studies lectures and seminars, including access to the MFA lecture programme.

Application: For more information on the programme, available scholarships/bursary and how to apply online, please visit here.

Please register for an open day, or write to Elle Reynolds e.reynolds [​at​] if you would like to discuss your application.

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