Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

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


3 years full-time

Course overview

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

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
  Scenography 15 credits
  Theatre Making 1 30 credits
  Radical Performance Vocabularies 15 credits
  Analytic Vocabularies A 15 credits
  Comedy 1: Improvisation 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: Improvisation 15 credits
  Stand-Up 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).

Teaching style

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.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
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

Additional requirements

You must be able to express a well-informed interest in theatre and performance theory and practice.


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.

Selection process

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

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

The Department of Theatre and Performance provides students with budgets for all practice-based exercises, which students manage as part of their learning. Students also receive free printed readers for most lecture seminar classes. On this basis, there is no essential additional cost to students on our programmes.


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.  

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