Goldsmiths, University of London is a public research university specializing in the arts, design, humanities, and social sciences. It is a constituent college within the University of London. It was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths’ College. The word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but “Goldsmiths’ College”, with the apostrophe, remains the institution’s formal legal name.
The 2012-13 World University Rankings recognised their world-leading status in the field of Arts and Humanities. The Rankings placed them in the world’s top 100 institutions for these subjects and the UK’s top 20 for the third year in a row. At the same time they were named in the CUG league tables in the UK’s top ten for our Art & Design and Communication & Media Studies programmes.
Creativity has always been the hallmark of Goldsmiths. Academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow. The courses and research activities span the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, business and management across 20 academic departments.