Established in 1904, Goldsmiths University of London is an open research institution that is associated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Universities UK. Earlier, it was known as the Goldsmiths Technical and Recreative Institute. Later on, after becoming a part of the University of London, it was renamed to its current name. The university received its royal charter in 1990. The university was built and designed by the famous architect, Reginald Blomfield. During the 1960s, the university witnessed a rapid growth in the number of enrolments. In the same year, the university began its diploma courses in textile, sculpture, and painting. In 1980, it began offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in various fields under arts and humanities.
The library of the university holds thousands of books, journals, and research papers. The university also allows access to the electronic resources at the library. The campus features a huge lecture theatre, cafe, seminar halls, and digital teaching rooms. Students are provided with a peaceful learning environment at the campus. Further, the campus houses the Department of Media & Communications and the Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship. Also, the campus has a seven-story building that features a studio, the center for computation & culture, and the Department of Art. The campus also provides student's accommodation facilities.
The institution offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. The academic curriculum of the university includes the Department of Design, Department of Media & Communications, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Art & Humanities, Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Music. The departments have various courses that give students a wide scope to choose among the subjects according to their area of interest. The university is in partnership with about 1,500 schools and colleges. This allows students to go for the student's exchange program and learn about a different curriculum. Students also get the chance to work as interns under professionals.
The university has a list of notable alumni that includes Damon Albarn (Singer and song-writer), John Allum (Entrepreneur), Kalki Koechlin (French actress and writer), Felix Alvarez (Social activist), John Austin (Politician), Kathleen Brien (Famous Singer), Pete Hoida (Poet and Artist), Alex Zane (Television presenter and DJ),Laurence Juber (Famous musician), Johanna Bennett (Musician), Henry Bond (Famous writer and photographer), Ajay Chhabra (Theatre actor), Brian Molko (Singer and songwriter), Matthew Collins (Writer, broadcaster), Julian Clary (Comedian, actor, and novelist), Suzzane Packer (Well-known actress), Mary Quant (Fashion designer), Ross Raisin (Novelist), Kanya King (Founder of MOBO awards), Amy Robbins (TV actress), Nick Fudge (Digital artist), Vaughan Grylls (Photographer and author), and Dayne Walling (American politician).
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