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

Queen Mary University London has an outstanding record of research in the area of live art, contemporary theatre and performance theory and practice. Here you can take a three-year undergraduate course in drama or study at the postgraduate level. Next year Queen Mary is also offering a new course in Media and Art Technologies, for those more tech-savvy artists. Subjects such as art history, museum studies and conservation are taught, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at the eminent Courtauld Institute of Art. In short, whatever your desire to study, you can find a place that will support your development in your chosen subject.

What makes studying in Britain so special and why is it that so much of creative energy is released from these creative hothouses? From my personal experience I would say that it is the general environment, the richness offered by the mix of local and global cultures, and history. It is the day-to-day negotiation between different cultures that helps to transform you own identity. Likewise, the contacts you make on your course or during the endless private viewings at galleries and museums are those that will develop your future path. The growing demand and competition between colleges and universities ensures a certain innovation in their teaching approaches and resource delivery. 

The legacy of polytechnics for acquiring skills, combined with Oxbridge liberal ideals and close ties with the industry, is the most likely combination one can find in the thriving British educational establishment. There are, to be sure, courses, and in particular at the MA level, that were set up to satisfy the international demand for continuing education, while the quality they offer is often questionable. At this level of study, what we see here is the rise of alternative universities set up by peer groups, arts collectives, or potential students themselves.

Today more than ever, independent thought and action are necessary for the benefit of society at large if people are to take the future in their own hands. The arts education in Britain, especially at the undergraduate level, with its critical contexts, practical skills, and creative resourcefulness, provides one with these basic tools for the future. Being the largest European metropolis, London attracts the best and the hardest from every corner of the earth. This mixture of cultures, thoughts and histories combined with the tough competition is what makes studying in Britain so unique.

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