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London, England

Study Media and Culture at Goldsmith's College, University of London

The Vassar Media and Culture Studies Program in London is open to all majors. Goldsmiths—ranked top London university in Media and Communications, Music, and Visual Arts—is also among the most respected UK colleges in Anthropology, Cinema Studies, Cultural Studies, Drama, Economics, History, Literary Studies, Political Theory, Psychology, and Sociology. The seminar for the Spring 2021 program is Black London: Walking Diaries.

London, England

Vassar students will live in Goldsmiths dormitories on the New Cross campus, South East London, 15 minutes from the central city. They will have access to all benefits available to Goldsmiths students (research centers, computer labs, clubs, athletic teams, trips around the UK and Europe, counseling and health care) and will be members of the Students' Union, library, and fitness facilities at Goldsmiths and all other University of London campuses.

The Vassar London Program balances immersion in a great global city with the security a small program and resident Faculty Director can provide: a sense of community, a source of personal as well as pedagogical support. Professor of English, Amitava Kumar, will be resident director in the spring of 2021. The curriculum will offer four Vassar credits:

  • A seminar taught by the Vassar Faculty Director will introduce students to a literary London populated by the imagination of immigrant writers.
  • An independent project, focused on theory or practice, will use London as a laboratory, an object of study, and a source of inspiration.
  • Goldsmiths Media and Communications course: students will select a course from among more than two dozen multidisciplinary offerings. For course descriptions, please consult the Goldsmiths catalogue
  • Elective Goldsmiths course: students will choose a course in Anthropology, Art, Computing, Drama, Education Studies, Economics, English and Comparative Literature, History, Languages, Music, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, or Visual Cultures.

For information on Black London: Walking Diaries, please go to the program website or contact Professors Amitava Kumar (amkumar@vassar.edi) or Giovanna Borradori (