Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Applied Anthropology and Community Arts

Taught jointly by the Departments of Anthropology and Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies, this MA offers a stimulating synthesis of theory and practice. In short, it is at the heart of what Goldsmiths is all about.This pathway has been created in response to a growing number of applicants with an arts background and arts interests, and is aimed at students who wish to work in community arts. In particular, it enables students with some experience or expertise in music or drama to use their creative skills to engage young people or adults in the spirit of youth work or community development. This MA pathway is related to the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work, and the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development. The three pathways entail different placements but are taught together, providing much opportunity for exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst students.

Entry requirements

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in the social sciences or another appropriate subject, with some experience of community and youth work. You should have at least four months of full-time, or part-time equivalent, work experience prior to starting the MA. Experience can include paid or unpaid work; voluntary, community and youth work in organisations; and relevant informal work. You might also be considered if you aren't a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If we make you an offer to study on this programme, we will ask you to complete an application for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the DBS and you will need to meet the Fitness to train criteria.

Course modules

The Department of Anthropology teaches two of the core components of the degree: Contemporary Social Issues and Anthropological Research Methods.The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies runs the fieldwork placements modules, which are supported by seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials. This MA pathway entails five days attached to Anthropological Research Methods module; five days observations and 40 days of placements with community arts organisations, consisting of two placements of 20 days each. Fieldwork 1: Perspectives and Approaches (first 10 days of first placement), Fieldwork 2: Critical Practice (second 10 days of first placement), Fieldwork 3: Management, Enterprise and Development (20 days second placement and 5 days observations).

Assessment methods

Essay, take-home exam, fieldwork report written by the student and a report by the placement supervisor and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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