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Entry requirements

You should normally be expected to meet any particular entry requirements of the degree you intend to progress onto.

Please note, this programme is for international students.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Months of entry


Course content

This Pre-Masters programme is aimed at international students who are considering undertaking an MA/MFA in Art, but need a year to develop their artistic practice, as well as their critical and academic English language skills.

The Graduate Diploma in Art is a unique programme that will enable you to develop your language skills and critical skills and understanding. Successful completion will guarantee you entry onto one of the following postgraduate programmes:

Develop your art practice along with your critical and English language skills

This course will integrate you into the studio-based postgraduate community in the Department of Art. It will help you develop your English language skills, a critical understanding of your own practice, and the artistic, academic, and political contexts in which that practice occurs.

You will develop your skills in English for academic purposes, and your academic writing for art. You will also attend lectures and seminars in critical studies, and undertake self-directed practice-based study. Successful completion of the course offers automatic progression onto the postgraduate taught course of your choice in the Department of Art.

The GradDip in Art will also enable you to apply for other MA programmes within Goldsmiths, as well as MA programmes at other UK universities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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