Founded in 1891 as the Goldsmiths' Company's Technical and Recreative Institute, the institute was originally designed around the need for training in the artisan and technical fields of industry. Located in a former Royal Naval School, the College can still be found here today. Goldsmiths is internationally known for creativity and innovation - a reputation backed up by the highest academic standards, and over a century's membership of the University of London. Located in New Cross, South East London, the College has over 8,000 students taking
part in undergraduate, postgraduate and adult education study opportunities in the arts, social sciences and humanities.
With alumni including Antony Gormley, Julian Clary, Damien Hirst, Mary Quant, Bridget Riley, Graham Coxon and Malcolm McLaren, Goldsmiths brings creative and unconventional approaches to the subjects offered. The College is friendly and vibrant, and proud of the diverse student population which adds to this welcoming atmosphere - nearly 13% of students come from countries outside the European Union, and 45% of all undergraduates are mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of their studies).