BA (Hons)
Drama and Theatre Arts with Design and Technical Practice

Why study BA Drama and Theatre Arts with Design and Technical Practice at Goldsmiths

This programme is for theatre artists who want to design and deliver innovative work through technical practice, creative vision and technological confidence.

  • Goldsmiths is famous for producing theatre practitioners who have agency and critical capacity. Our design and technician staff team are artists, innovators and researchers in their own right.
  • Studying with us makes you ready for work in the existing theatre and screen industries, but we also equip you to create, innovate, and initiate change, in your own right as technicians and artists.
  • You'll take classes in ensemble performance, scenography, theatre-making, plus small-group coaching with a technical specialist in lighting, sound design, set, scenography and objects, stage management and costume design and production.
  • Your learning experience will benefit from a more recent appreciation and diversification of what design and technical practice can do for theatre and creative industry events more generally.
  • Our training assists you to achieve excellence in a nurturing and respectful environment.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Pamela Karantonis or Patrick Furness.

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Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


Theatre and Performance

Opportunities for you

  • The Design and Technical Practice Pathway has been designed to work smoothly along the other Drama and Theatre Arts degrees so that your skills and imagination will benefit from being among peers with different specialisms in theatre and wider creative interests.
  • There will be production-based exams across our other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes where you may observe, audit or participate, in order to build a portfolio of interests and skills.
  • Goldsmiths is a small and welcoming arts university which provides the caring setting needed for training in acting, combined with a long history of intellectual and creative risk-taking and thoughtful questioning of how and why we make theatre in certain ways.
  • You will benefit from the dynamic environment of Goldsmiths within reach of the imaginative and theatrical stimulus of London’s cultural and creative locations.

Academic support

  • You will be allocated a Personal Tutor from your programme of study who has overall responsibility for your individual progress and welfare.
  • Support for your learning and wellbeing is provided in a number of ways by your Programme of study and also College support services, including the Wellbeing, Library Study Skills and Disability Teams.
  • We will also give you access to a Senior Tutor who can support you with any issues that are negatively impacting your academic study and which are beyond the normal scope of issues handled by Programme Directors and Personal Tutors.
Top facilities
You’ll have access to a number of dedicated facilities including a refurbished theatre and various studios and workshops.
Great outcomes
We’re in the top 10 in the UK for Graduate prospects in theatre and performance (Complete University Guide Subject League Tables 2025).
Industry links
Our expert staff have an excellent network of industry professionals across a number of exciting organisations.

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What you'll study

In your first year, you'll study to following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Ideas in Practice 15 credits
Introduction to Dramaturgy 15 credits
Practitioner in Context I: Technical Skills 15 credits
Scenography 15 credits
Theatre Making 1 30 credits
The Ensemble 15 credits
Creative-Critical Project 15 credits

Teaching style

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, formal written examinations, practical projects, workshops, group performances, assessed rehearsals, group practice presentations as well as full productions, independent research projects, portfolios, and seminar presentations.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, formal written examinations, practical projects, workshops, group performances, assessed rehearsals, group practice presentations as well as full productions, independent research projects, portfolios, and seminar presentations.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

These are the UG fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you will be responsible for meeting standard costs associated with your study. Find out more information on our study costs page.

The workshop-based modules which involve design and technical skills should not incur a cost. However, for any productions, there may be costs related to personal items. These will be managed in accordance with similar programme expenses, where we will reasonably cover a range of expenses to a capped amount per student.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
UAL Extended Diploma: Merit overall
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

If you can't find your qualification here, then please visit our entry requirements page for a list of alternative qualifications.

Additional requirements

Your qualifications must include a minimum Grade B in English Literature, English Language and Literature, Drama or Theatre Studies, or another humanities discipline. General Studies is not accepted as one of the three A-levels.

Alternative qualifications and experience

See our full list of undergraduate entry qualifications.

We welcome students with a range of educational experiences. If you believe you may not meet the standard qualification requirements we would still encourage you to apply because we consider all aspects of your application when making a decision. 

We’ll pay particularly careful attention to your personal statement, which is your opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the subject you’ve applied for. Your referees are also welcome to include any relevant contextual comments around your academic achievements. We’ll look at all these things when making a decision on your application, as well as your qualifications and grades, and may still be able to offer you a place.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.


Goldsmiths Theatre and Performance Department delivers teaching in 5 theatre studios and houses the technically-supported George Wood Theatre. Further facilities include a voice recording booth, media editing suite, scenographic workshop areas and a costume design studio. Find out more about our facilities.

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