Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This design degree allows you to develop strong design thinking while exploring your own creative focus. We encourage you to act through design to effect change, propose new visions of the future, and engage with sustainability. You'll undertake a professional placement in your second year, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience and professional contacts. Recent placement organisations have included Imagination, Oxfam, Alexander McQueen, Selfridges and Studio Myerscough. Our graduates are industry leaders ' they work in top design consultancies (Pentagram, Heatherwick studio) and companies (Dyson, Selfridges, Oxfam), they've set up their own design studios (including Jailmake, PAN Studio, UsCreates), and they've progressed to become senior designers, consultants, and creative directors. You'll be taught technical skills by staff who work in the industry and have their own practices. The degree offers excellent teaching, in an exciting and dynamic educational environment. You'll have dedicated studio space and use industry'standard workshops, with the latest in laser cutting and 3D modelling technology. Our students regularly work on and win national awards. Our attract massive interest from creative industry leaders who offer exciting placements to our students, and careers to our graduates. Using an interdisciplinary approach, you will engage with a diverse set of critical and practical ideas, and will be encouraged to push beyond the boundaries of traditional design specialisms. The BA Design equips you with the skills and confidence to build a career in a wide range of professions: opening a host of potential career pathways.

Course Modules

Year 1: Contextual studies: ecology and design; design and meaning (psychology and semiotics) and studio practice; histories and theories; workshops: making, still image, basic electronics, typography and textiles; critique and question: notion of the 'self' as the subject of experience and action in the production and reception of design via studio practice, considering the creative subject; the process; the object; and the user/spectator; project. Year 2: Contextual studies: society and culture; ecology, culture and change; ethics; material culture and studio practice (students produce projects in response to design briefs) supported by technical studies; workshops: interaction design, CAD and rapid prototyping, moving image, advanced electronics, manufacturing processes and graphic communication, and methods and processes (courses that introduce, review and develop conceptual strategies, modes of representation and research processes used in designing); responsibilities that the activity of design carries for the designer, including the dilemmas that a contemporary designer must face in negotiating a changing social, cultural, ecological and political terrain; 1 term in a design'related professional placement. Year 3: self'initiated major project and contextual report.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £18,070  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Course specific
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 72%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 87%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 79%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

28% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 75%

Total Practical: 25%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation