IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
Comedy and satire play a vital role in commenting on, and critiquing, the world around us.
- You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in one of two pathways: writing, or writing & performing.
- In both pathways you'll examine how comedy and satire have evolved across time-periods and cultures; developing your historical, social, political and cultural knowledge of these art forms. You'll also be able to gain practical skills including writing, performing, monologue, experimental performance, and live art.
- The course is designed for students wishing to work professionally as performers, stand ups, writers, directors, and producers for stage, screen and radio as well as scholars, critics, journalists and teachers.
- Many of the department’s academic staff are also active 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
What you'll study
Year 1 (credit level 4)
In your first year, you will study the following modules:
|Year 1 modules||Module title||Credits|
|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: Text||15 credits|
Year 2 (credit level 5)
In your second year, you will study the following modules:
|Year 2 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Elements of Theatre History||30 credits|
|Questions of Performance||15 credits|
|Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options||15 credits|
|Comedy 2: Performance||15 credits|
|Comedy Writing||15 credits|
Year 3 (credit level 6)
In your third year, you will study the following modules:
|Year 3 modules||Module title||Credits|
|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).
This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops.
You’ll be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 21% scheduled learning, 79% independent learning
- Year 2 - 28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning
- Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed through a variety of performances, production processes, essays, group projects, dissertation and timed examinations.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 44% coursework, 56% practical
- Year 2 - 65% coursework, 35% practical
- Year 3 - 76% coursework, 24% practical
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2017/18. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
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.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
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
You must be able to express a well-informed interest in theatre and performance theory and practice.
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.
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.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2019/20 academic year.
- Home/EU - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £15810
Please note that EU fees are being fixed at the above rate for 2019 entry. The fee level will be fixed for the duration of your programme.
If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
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.