Iterations- the first MA Design: Expanded Practice degree show

  • Press and Industry Private View: 13 December 2018, 6 pm
  • Public opening: 14-16 December

Fifteen months is the time it takes for the earth to cycle once around the sun, and a little bit more. In this time, 101 humans from 28 different countries came together for the first iteration of the new MA Design: Expanded Practice, here at Goldsmiths University of London.

Being the first year of the course, we aimed to create a path for those who follow, in which processes are constantly evolving, traditions are shifting and influencing the trajectory of design.

Bringing post-disciplinary design to the forefront of academia, we have developed a conscious space around us, personally and publicly, that considers the environment, access and intersectional social contexts. We embody experiences, to strengthen how we design, communicate, participate, interact and innovate.

This exhibition presents work at the culmination of this period of study, acting as a crucial point that marks the start of the next chapter in our individual practices. Our multicultural community has encouraged the exchange of knowledge and skills, resulting in the redefinition of design practices, methods and language.

This is the beginning.

Goldsmiths Prize winner announced, receives trophy made by Design students

“The Long Take” by Robin Robertson, a novel in verse on post-war America, is the winner of the 2018 Goldsmiths Prize, which rewards fiction “that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form”. The winner was announced yesterday in a ceremony at the Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, and received a trophy made (as in previous years) by Goldsmiths Design students.

The 2018 Goldsmiths prize trophy, with Design students Maja Nordblom and Samuel Warren
The 2018 Goldsmiths prize trophy, with Design students Maja Nordblom and Samuel Warren

You can read more about “The Long Take” and its author on the Goldsmiths website.

1.1 +1: First year project

For their first brief on the BA Design course, first year students were asked to choose, analyse and define a V&A collection, whether materially, conceptually, politically, or in terms of use or meaning. They were then asked to design one more object that belongs with the collection based on their rationale. Here are some photos from the mini-show exhibiting the outcomes:

The brief is a first reflection on the sessions students have undertaken previously this term in two weeks of introductory Technical Studies, and one week of Methods and Processes. More photos of the exhibition can be found on Flickr.

MA Design: Expanded Practice students tackle fresh brief in new studio space

Starting this year, MA students in the Design department have the use of new studio spaces based in the Lewisham & Southwark College (LESOCO) campus at Deptford Bridge, a short walk from the main Goldsmiths campus. (Design students shouldn’t be too worried about missing out on the Goldsmiths vibe and connections: the MFA in Fine Art studios are also based at LESOCO.)  On the day these photos were taken, the new studios were already abuzz with activity and work in progress.

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