This innovative programme is for students wishing to pursue a career as a comic writer and/or comedy performer.
You'll have the opportunity to develop your intellectual and creative skills at the highest level, drawing on the expertise of our academics as well as industry specialists.
Through a study of comedy and satire across time and cultures, you'll develop historical, social, political and cultural knowledge. This degree balances theory and practice, allowing you to select from a range of options to pursue your chosen specialism, including playwriting, stand-up, monologue and experimental performance/live art.
Many of the department’s academic staff are also industry professionals – writers, directors, performers and dramaturges. They will be joined by professional comics and writers to help you hone your craft.
Video credit - footage of the production Heroes, provided courtesy of Box Room Theatre Company
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Osita Okagbue
Modules & structure
In your first year, you will study the following modules:
|Processes of Performance: The Ensemble||15 credits|
|Introduction to Dramaturgy||15 credits|
|Theatre Making 1||30 credits|
|Radical Performance Vocabularies||15 credits|
|Analytic Vocabularies A||15 credits|
|Comedy 1: Improvisation||15 credits|
In your second year, you will study the following modules:
|Elements of Theatre History||30 credits|
|Questions of Performance||15 credits|
|Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options||15 credits|
|Comedy 2: Improvisation||15 credits|
|Comedy Writing||15 credits|
In your third year, you will study the following modules:
|Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory||15 Credits|
|Culture and Performance B: Performances of Protest, Resistance and Revolution||15 credits|
You will also complete a dissertation (45 credits) and develop a final show (45 credits).
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Applicants with A-levels in arts and humanities subjects such as English, history, languages, philosophy and sociology are welcomed. While drama and theatre studies would be an advantage, this is not necessarily essential as we are also interested in those with other subjects or complementary experience.
You must be able to express a well-informed interest in theatre and performance theory and practice.
Read more about our general entrance requirements
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including distinctions/merits in subject specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Irish Leaving Certificate: A1 A1 A2 B2
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
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 your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
The Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths does not offer applicants auditions, although some – but not all – candidates will be invited for interview.
The degree doesn't aim to provide a vocational training in acting and comedy but rather the opportunity to engage in a broad creative and critical study, exploring the possibilities of comedy in a wide historical and cultural context to provide transferable skills for a richly diverse array of career choices. This is why we're not looking for performing skills alone but for a range of intellectual, creative, critical and inquisitive qualities when we select candidates for a place.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
The Department of Theatre and Performance offers a vibrant interdisciplinary learning environment, supported by distinguished staff and outstanding facilities.
Theatre and Performance
Study in a department that fuses theory and practice, where you can study diverse subjects, and benefit from our industry links. We're ranked 22nd in the world for performing arts.*
Theory and practice
We balance academic study with creative and technical practice, so you’ll explore hands-on theatre making while developing your knowledge of theatre history and culture.
We cover diverse subjects from classical texts and new writing to contemporary writing and performance, and from physical and applied theatres to multimedia/live art.
Teaching staff include distinguished researchers and professional theatre-makers.
We have international networks in the industry, with regular visits from professionals, and links with associate organisations in London including:
Our excellent facilities include a 160-seat theatre, four performance studios, new scenic workshops, sound studio, and open-access media lab. All supported by an outstanding team of technicians and scenic designers.
Find out more about the Department of Theatre and Performance.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Skills & careers
Balancing practice with historical and theoretical study, this degree will provide you with the expertise and confidence to work professionally in comedy writing and performance. As well as being taught by our highly-regarded academics, you will learn from visiting industry practitioners who will provide master classes, workshops and tuition for your final show.
Through our industry networks, you will be encouraged to promote your work which will help build your career skills and industry contacts. Final Shows will also be attended by key industry professionals.
Whilst this degree is vocational, it will also provide a foundation for higher levels of academic study and research, particularly in areas of applied theatre, art and politics and creative practice, including writing, performance-making, directing and arts administration.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
Fees & funding
Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.
The Department provides budgets to students for all of the practical work and productions. You’ll occasionally need to buy tickets to see shows, which will cost approximately £20-£40 a year.