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One of the newest building of Goldsmiths College - opened in 2008

As he recalls: "They (YBA) were so unlike any other student shows, so full of energy and ambition". This energy, directness and sensational character of their work attracted the most notorious of art collectors: Charles Saatchi, who at that time was known for stalking degree shows and galleries of the East London for new work. His patronage, combined with media friendly image, supported by Sarah Kent at Time Out magazine, turned Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Mark Wallinger, Angus Fairhurst, Gillian Wearing, and other alumni of that year into household names and subsequently into the British fine art establishment. 

This relationship between degree shows, industry, collectors, and press today is seen as a measure of success not only for the graduates but also for the college's ability to provide for the needs of its students. Goldsmiths still does it best, so if you want to break into mainstream art, to meet the right dealers or gallerists, this is a place you want to be. But of course it is not only about fame and whom you know. Goldsmiths is well known for its critical theory, conceptualism, and independent research, which at times can be quite baffling for those who are not so keen to talk about their work or concepts behind it. Here, talking about and explaining your practice is at the centre of study and, subsequently, your self-development. 

While lately the Goldsmiths degree shows are hosted mainly on campus, in the newly erected arts building, the aesthetic it established lives beyond its walls. Group exhibitions such as Free-Range extend this legacy further by providing new creative graduates from the universities across the country with the opportunity to showcase their work in London, to both the international public and industry. Thus visiting these showcases can provide one with the best overview on possible options where and what to study. However, if you have already decided that you want to be in London and you are not frightened by the recent rise in tuition fees[read about it], it is worth having a closer look on what is on offer.  

Generally, arts education in Britain has developed along the changes in the overall education system. The majority of art colleges here have a long history as most likely they were established in mid-19th century. Over the years many structural and sometimes ideological changes have taken place. For all higher education establishments the last crucial landmark event, before this year's funding cuts [read about it], took place in the early 1990s when the conservative government of that time introduced a reform linking the central state support of universities and college student numbers. This encouraged a dramatic rise in student intake that was followed by withdrawal of state funding for students in arts and humanities.

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