Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

W440

Entry requirements

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

Length

3 years full-time

Course overview

The BA in Drama and Theatre Arts is designed to foster creative, radical theatre-makers and thinkers. It is adventurous in form, international in scope and hands-on in practice.

The Complete Theatre Maker

  • This degree supports you to become the complete theatre maker. At the heart of the programme is a balanced integration of theory and practice. Knowledge gained through making and doing adds to your conceptual understanding, while the insights gained in writing about theatre and society inform the choices you make in your practice-based work.
  • Tutored by our diverse and talented team, you will develop technical skills in acting, directing, writing, sound, lighting, scenography, and costume. Bringing these skills together, you will learn how to collaborate and operate in companies, ready to take your own show on the road.
  • You will be introduced to a wide range of theatre thinkers, and explore the history and cultural diversity of performance. You will develop a complex understanding of what it means to make theatre in an increasingly global 21st-century society. And with London’s rich theatre culture on your doorstep, you can draw on an exciting range of contemporary practice to inform your thinking and making.

Groundbreaking and Diverse

  • The BA Drama and Theatre Arts is a radical and innovative degree. The curriculum is responsive to the global reach of our teaching staff, including expertise in African, American, Francophone, Japanese, and South Asian performance, as well as British, European, and Russian theatre traditions. We prepare theatre-makers who are socially, culturally, and politically engaged.
  • The degree explores what it means to perform in contemporary culture, mobilising a range of theatre and performance practices from the interpretation of play texts to devised ensemble work and the possibilities opened up by political protest, live art, and the avant-garde.
  • Students on this programme typically develop into bold and versatile creatives. They are practically adept and imaginative, critically agile, able to form companies and to manage the business of production. Our bespoke Personal and Professional Development package combines career support with taught elements and introduces you to our dynamic alumni network, ready to take on the world.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Fiona Graham.

What you'll study

Overview

You will begin your degree by developing a range of practical, dramaturgical, and critical abilities. In your first year you learn technical and design skills, begin ensemble work together and start to think about what it means to perform and make theatre in today’s world. These skills are brought together in a festival of work in the summer term.

As the degree progresses, students can choose from a wide range of options and are given more independence in building their own creative work. Supported throughout by regular meetings with a personal tutor, you develop specialist knowledge of practical methods and approaches to theatre-making, manage production schedules, company budgets, and theatre design processes, and can make professional connections through work placement.

By your third year, you are able to examine complex ideas in depth, whether as an independent scholar writing a dissertation or as an experimental theatre-maker, working on your final degree productions for a public festival. These final productions often act as a springboard into the professional sector.

Year 1

In the first year you study the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Critical Dialogues A 15 credits
Critical Dialogues B 15 credits
Introduction to Dramaturgy 15 credits
Scenography 15 credits
Theatre Making 1 30 credits
Processes of Performance: Encounters with Space 15 credits
Processes of Performance: The Ensemble 15 credits

Year 2

In the second year you take two compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Theatre Making 2 30 credits
Modernisms and Postmodernity A 15 credits

You also choose modules from the following options:

Modernisms and Postmodernity B

You choose one option module from a range available within the Department. The modules on offer may differ from year to year as they reflect staff interests, but modules recently offered include:

Module title Credits
MOPO B: Postcolonial Theatre
Theatre and the Artistic Avant-Garde 15 credits
Women, Feminism & Playwrighting 15 credits
Samuel Beckett: Performance, Writing and Philosophy 15 Credits
Bertolt Brecht and Political Theatre 15 credits
Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Activism and the Theatrical Avant Garde 15 credits
Postmodern Gender, Identity, and Queer Theory 15 credits

Elements of Theatre History

The aim here is to develop an understanding of the relationship between a work and its historical - social, cultural, intellectual - context. You choose two option modules from a wide range within the department. Options are likely to change from year to year depending on staff interests, but modules offered recently include:

Module title Credits
Elements of Theatre History: American Theatre in the Mid-20th Century 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: Shakespeare & Renaissance Theatre 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: Classical Greek Theatre 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: Theatre of Revival and Revolt: 20th Century Ireland 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: Russian Theatre 15 Credits
Elements of Theatre History: Spanish & Catalan Theatre 15 Credits
Elements of Theatre History: African Theatre 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: British Alternative Theatre History 15 credits
Elements of Theatre History: Polish Theatre 15 Credits
Elements of Theatre History: Francophone Theatres from Africa, the Caribbean and Canada 15 credits

Questions of Performance

You choose two option modules which introduce you to practitioners' theories practically and critically, through options of learning and teaching clustering around questions, methodological enquiries and issues that guide contemporary practice.

Module choices may change year to year based on staff availability and areas of research, however modules available recently include:

Module title Credits
QoP: Character I 15 Credits
QoP: Self 15 Credits
QoP: Gendered Performance 15 Credits
QoP: Emotion 15 Credits
QoP: Voice/ Text 15 Credits
QoP: Questions of Community 15 Credits
QoP: Time 15 Credits

Year 3

You study two compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory 15 Credits
BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre Arts Dissertation 45 credits

You also choose modules in the following options:

Culture and Performance B

You choose one module in the Spring term which gives you the chance to apply the skills developed during Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory to a particular theatrical/artistic movement. Recent option modules include:

Module title Credits
Culture and Performance B: Art and Japan 15 Credits
Culture and Performance B: Theatre as a Learning Medium 15 Credits
Culture and Performance B: Modern Black, British and American Drama 15 Credits
Performing War: Representations of Conflict on the Modern Stage 15 credits

Theatre Making 3

You choose an option which gives you the opportunity to study a theatrical from in depth, and to apply your acquired knowledge and skills in a group-based project. Autumn term taught sessions develop into project planning. In the Spring term, rehearsals lead towards productions, performed outcomes and events. Genres range from text-based to devised performance and Live Art.

Options offered include:

Module title Credits
TM3: Devised Community Performance 45 Credits
TM3: Devised Performance 45 Credits
TM3: Live Art/ Performance Art 45 Credits
TM3: Text and Performance 45 Credits

 

Work placement

Level 6 students may also take an optional work placement module

Module title Credits
Work placement 15 credits

Teaching style

This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll also carry out performance and production work, and will attend lab sessions.

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 - 24% scheduled learning, 76% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 18% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning, 1% placement learning

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed by a range of methods depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as essays, portfolios, research statements and exams, as well as practical assignments such as practice-based presentations and oral presentations, and in your third year, a 10,000-word dissertation, and participation in a public performance festival.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

Year 1 - 31% coursework, 13% written exam, 56% practical
Year 2 - 55% coursework, 45% practical
Year 3 - 70% coursework, 30% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2020/21. 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. 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.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Latifaha Ireland

Everyone from all areas has passion, commitment and dedication to make sure that all of us students got through our degrees was superb.

Latifaha's time at Goldsmiths

I loved my degree! My favourite part of my degree, was my third-year performance and making history with Goldsmiths' first all-black theatre company, this was the point of my degree that changed everything for me. I believed for the first time that I could be victorious, bold, creative and support in my dreams to make a difference and an impact on those around me. Throughout my degree the support that I received was nothing less than amazing. Everyone from all areas has passion, commitment and dedication to make sure that all of us students got through our degrees was superb. I will forever be grateful for the amazing team I had behind me.

Studying in New Cross

My favourite thing about studying in New Cross was being so central to most places and very close to home. It was great to study in South East London because as I grew up in south London, I loved being a part of a bold vibrant community and I felt that I was surrounded by this in New Cross. My favourite part of campus was the college green outside the theatre, especially in the summer, it’s a great place to meet others and relax.

Life since graduating

I have just finished a two-year internship with The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports whilst at DCMS I championed the care leavers working group and became a specialist publisher on gov.uk.

Since leaving the civil service I have moved on to work with Lambeth children’s service, my role is to better improve the quality of life of those that are in care. Alongside my day job I have formed my own theatre company which is called ‘Beloved Theatre Company’. My company ethos is all about spreading love and understanding by telling stories of culture and tradition with an overriding message of love and unity which we hope will help change negative ideologies and misconceptions about what it means to be black today. I am currently looking to expand my production team as we prepare to tour our first piece which is written and directed by myself. I am really excited about the piece and can’t wait to get into production.

Advice for future students

The first dream or goal I remembered having was getting a degree and the staff at Goldsmiths came on that adventure with me along with good friends and family. The support and encouragement I received at Goldsmiths helped me to achieve my dream and so much more. I never intended on the impact that I made but I believe that Goldsmiths made more of an impact on me which gave me the ability to be who I wanted to be and it’s paying off each day. My advice to anyone thinking about coming to Goldsmiths would be, it’s worth it!! If you are ever struggling ask for help and you will get help, support and all you need to get your degree.

Latifaha's work

At Goldsmiths I created the Knall Theatre Company and was co-writer for our show ‘Before I Fall’ which was about mental health in the black community.

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
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: ABBBC (Higher) or ABC (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.

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. Applicants with A-levels in an arts and humanities subject such as English, history, languages, philosophy and sociology are welcomed.

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, but rather the opportunity to engage in a broad creative and critical study, exploring the possibilities of theatre making 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 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £17890

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'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.

Funding opportunities

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Student work

TaP Out 2021

TaP Out 2021 is a festival of diverse, innovative, and timely performance created by BA finalists from Goldsmiths' Department of Theatre and Performance. We bring you a website full of digital performances ranging from film and audio to interactive journeys and performative games. This year also sees a return to live performance, meaning our studios (and the local hARTslane Gallery) will once again come to life with creativity and imagination. 

 

To watch, view, play, and experience more, please visit the TaP Out 2021 website.

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Careers

Onwards and Upwards

Our graduates emerge with a complete range of skills, equipped to challenge contemporary theatre and to put new ideas into effect. Our students have gone on to work as

  • Performers, directors, choreographers, movement directors, casting directors
  • Writers, editors, and dramaturgs
  • Producers in theatre, film, radio, digital arts, visual arts, and community practice
  • Play, screen and radio writers, and journalists
  • Community arts practitioners
  • Lighting, sound, set, and costume designers
  • Stage and production managers
  • Venue and event managers
  • Marketing and promotion specialists
  • Teachers, workshop leaders and facilitators, lecturers, and academics

You will become part of this community if you join the degree – our graduates often return to pass on their professional wisdom to the next generation of theatrical innovators. 

You can find out more about the career options open to you following graduation on our Theatre and Performance careers page.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths