What’s it like to be a Design student at Goldsmiths? What can you expect from the course and the campus facilities? This past Saturday, 8 October, was a good day to find out, as Goldsmiths welcomed prospective students and their families for an Undergraduate Open Day.
At the Design stand in the Great Hall, lecturers Juliet Sprake, Rose Sinclair and Tobie Kerridge and current BA Design student Annie Kruntcheva explained to visitors what Design at Goldsmiths is all about, answering many questions about portfolios, entry requirements, and the interdisciplinary approach of the undergraduate course.
In fact, the Design department at Goldsmiths prides itself on being post-disciplinary, as BA Design course leader Juliet Sprake explained in her introductory talk. While students can end up specialising in a particular design area if they choose to do so, the BA Design course at Goldsmiths allows them to experience a lot of different aspects of design, and puts them in control of bringing it all together. Above all, as Juliet underlined, Design at Goldsmiths asks questions: “We don’t accept stuff for what it is. There’s a lot of stuff in the world- there’s probably too much stuff in the world. As designers, we need to be curious, to question things. How do we better the world?”
Prospective students were also given a brief introduction to the incredible variety of work that is being produced at Goldsmiths Design. Past projects mentioned included Ilyanna Kerr’s communication tool “See What I Mean”, a product for simplifying cooking and baking designed by Mary Cook (co-founder of service design company UsCreates), or Justin Ramsden’s work on anticipating catastrophes (Justin is currently a model designer at LEGO).
If you want to get to know the Design department at Goldsmiths, but couldn’t make it this past weekend, make sure you sign up for the next Undergraduate Open Day on November 2nd.