Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

QW34

Entry requirements

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

Length

3 years full-time

Department

English and Comparative Literature
Theatre and Performance

Course overview

This degree combines the study of literatures in English with the study of theatre and performance. It brings insights from a range of perspectives to develop your analytical and imaginative skills.

Why study BA English & Drama/Drama & English at Goldsmiths?

  • We offer a creative and innovative learning environment in which to study English and Drama
  • Many of our staff are professional theatre-makers, and we have strong links with theatres, companies and professional organisations
  • You'll develop an awareness of literary-historical contexts and of relationships between theatrical texts and other literary genres
  • You'll also enhance your critical understanding of the rhetorical and performative aspects of literary texts by developing your awareness of performance practices
  • You'll have the chance to examine Western and non-Western theatre
  • The degree includes some practical experience with producing theatre but is primarily a text-based course designed to develop your understanding of performance studies rather than your creative practice
  • As a student at Goldsmiths you'll be close to one of the largest concentrations of performance practice in Europe
  • You'll benefit from our excellent on-campus facilities, including a 160-seat theatre and three performance studios
  • Both departments are large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Frank Krause

What you'll study

Pathways

The programme can be studied through two pathways: Drama or English. These pathways diverge at the end of the second year. You choose the pathway of the final year by the end of the autumn term of the second year, although you will be asked to give a provisional indication of your choice when enrolling.

Year 1 (credit level 4) 

You will study the following modules:

Year 1 modules Module title Credits
  Explorations in Literature 30 credits
  Introduction to Poetry 15 credits
  Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period 15 credits
  Analytic Vocabularies A 15 credits
  Analytic Vocabularies B 15 credits
  Introduction to Dramaturgy 15 credits

You also study the following module in the summer term:

Module title Credits
  Drama Production: Summer Projects 15 credits

You will be able to explore your critical skills in a performance practice context, focusing on design, stage management and direction.

Year 2 (credit level 5)

English modules

You choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:

Year 2 English modules Module title Credits
  Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust 30 credits
  Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century 30 credits
  Literature of the English Renaissance 30 credits
  Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual 30 credits
  Moderns 30 credits
  Old English 30 credits
  Post-Victorian English Literature 30 credits
  Restoration and 18th-Century Literature 30 credits
  Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society 30 credits
  Shakespeare 30 credits
  Varieties of English 30 credits
  Contemporary Arab Migrant Writing 15 credits
  Aspects of the Novel 15 credits

Drama modules

You study the following modules:

Year 2 Drama modules Module title Credits
  Elements of Theatre History: Francophone Theatres from Africa, the Caribbean and Canada 15 credits
  Modernisms and Postmodernity A 15 credits
  Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6) – English Pathway

If you choose to follow the English pathway then you will study the following modules:

You take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree.

English modules

You choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:

Year 3 English Pathway Module title Credits
  Caribbean Women Writers 30 credits
  Creating the Text 30 credits
  Decadence 30 credits
  The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 30 credits
  Approaches to Language and the Media 15 credits
  Modern American Fiction 30 credits
  Modern Poetry 30 credits
  Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) 30 credits
  The Art of the Novel 30 credits
  Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories 30 credits
  Postcolonial Literatures in English 30 credits
  Studies in Literature and Film 30 credits
  How to Read in Translation 15 credits

Drama modules

You take: 

  • Contemporary Dramaturgy: Research and Exploration (15 Credits)
  • Contemporary Dramaturgy: Independent Practice (15 Credits)

Year 3 (credit level 6) - Drama Pathway

If you choose to follow the Drama pathway then you will study the following modules:

You take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree. 

English modules

You choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:

Year 3 Drama Pathway Module title Credits
  Caribbean Women Writers 30 credits
  Creating the Text 30 credits
  Decadence 30 credits
  The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 30 credits
  Approaches to Language and the Media 15 credits
  Modern American Fiction 30 credits
  Modern Poetry 30 credits
  Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) 30 credits
  The Art of the Novel 30 credits
  Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories 30 credits
  Postcolonial Literatures in English 30 credits
  Studies in Literature and Film 30 credits
  Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933) 15 credits
  Work Placement (English) 15 credits

Drama modules

Year 3 Drama Pathway Module title Credits
  Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory 15 Credits
  Culture and Performance B: Options 15 Credits
  Culture and Performance: Performing War: Representations of Conflict on the Modern Stage 15 credits

You also take: 

Dramaturgy

Teaching style

This programme is taught through a mixture of scheduled learning - lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also 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 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 10% scheduled learning, 90% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include examinations, coursework portfolios, long essays, projects, presentations, production plans, dissertation. The dissertation must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

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, 50% written exam, 19% practical
  • Year 2 - 60% coursework, 15% written exam, 25% practical
  • Year 3 - 100% coursework

*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
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: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%, preferably including English
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

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 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 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.

Additional Requirements

Grade B in English Literature, English Language or Language and Literature is required. A-level General Studies is not accepted.

Selection process

The Department of Theatre and Performance 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 an 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 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.

Careers

Skills

This degree will enable you to become articulate, critical, independent and self-initiating by developing a range of transferable skills, including the ability to:

  • develop analytical skills and proficiency in assessing evidence
  • work practically as an individual and in groups
  • analyse personal practice in relation to theoretical models
  • research and present complex information
  • present ideas and analysis in a variety of formats
  • document and record ideas and information
  • take responsibility for your own ideas and respond creatively to the ideas of others
  • work to a deadline
  • share work responsibly
  • communicate and write clearly
  • practise self-discipline

These skills are attractive to a variety of employers, and apply to many different career paths.

Careers

When you graduate you might, like many of our students, go on to work in the theatre or related media, in publishing, administration, programming, project management, development work, marketing and publicity, management or technical production. You can read more about career options after you graduate on our English and Drama careers pages.

You may choose undertake further specialist training to work as a teacher or arts therapist, or go on to higher level academic study.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Maeve

"Goldsmiths in three words? Vibrant, energetic and diverse"
"The course was great, but I enjoyed the extra-curricular activities too. The Drama department even funded me to put on a play! I love New Cross and South East London, there's so much around here, and I especially love Greenwich, Brockley and Peckham. 
 
I'd advise new students to get involved in what you can, including the Library and all the other facilities
 
What am I going to do now I've graduated? Make some money!"

Zahra

"I chose Goldsmiths because of its important reputation in the field of art and humanities."

"Studying at Goldsmiths has been an amazing experience. As one of the few London universities which offer my course, I chose Goldsmiths because of its important reputation in the field of art and humanities.

I thoroughly enjoy studying English and Drama and the wide variety of modules to choose from. The lecturers are helpful and vastly experienced and the students come from all different backgrounds. I have been able to grow as a person through my experiences at Goldsmiths and the people that I have met here have helped me learn more about myself and given me ideas about what I want to do in the future."

Miles

"Tutors in both departments are incredibly passionate about their chosen fields."

"I chose to study at Goldsmiths because of its reputation as a creative, forward-thinking College. The courses I took as part of my degree in English and Drama were flexible enough for me to get a solid foundation in both subjects and, in my second and third years, to focus on particular areas that especially interested me. Tutors in both departments are incredibly passionate about their chosen fields and because Goldsmiths is a research institution students benefit hugely from being in such a cutting-edge learning environment. Tutors are always happy to give advice on both academic and non-academic matters.

Goldsmiths has the feel of a small community. There are many activities, events, sports and societies to get involved in within the College and the wider local area. The mix of students is rich: including a high number of mature and international students, and reflects the attraction of Goldsmiths as a place to study.

After finishing my undergraduate degree I joined the programme, and after graduating four of us from the MA started Green Shoes Arts, a community arts project based in Barking and Dagenham committed to providing children and young people with creative opportunities that are positive, challenging, inspiring and fun. We now run four youth theatre programmes and a dance company, with members ranging between 5 and 19 years old. 

Goldsmiths provided a hugely creative and supportive environment in which to develop as an artist and facilitator. As an established practitioner the MA programme gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own practice, develop new ideas and extend my skills. I met a wide range of practitioners on the MA, a lot of whom I continue to work alongside."

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