This degree is ideal if you have a passion for using performance for social change. You will learn performance and facilitation skills, while exploring the ideas that underpin them. The degree equips you in a wide range of careers in the arts, charities, education, and beyond.
- The BA Drama: Performance, Politics, and Society has been running since 2017 and is highly valued by its students, alumni, staff, theatre professionals, and external examiners. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and enthusiastically embrace our blend of practice and theory, producing their own innovative and original work. Students on the programme contribute substantially to the vibrance of the Theatre & Performance Department, as well as College life more widely.
- You will be offered a grounding in the skills and understanding of theatre in socially engaged contexts. As well as working in theatres and other arts settings, you will engage with work in schools, community settings, the criminal justice system, and festivals. You will have access to unique workplace networks in inner London through the work placement option and outward-facing modules. Students often undertake both paid and voluntary opportunities to enhance their career profile. In the third year, you will develop your own independent research and produce practical projects that can be a launching pad for your future career.
- Our staff are exceptionally well qualified to deliver the degree. The research, teaching, and professional profiles of staff are wide-ranging and tuned into student aspirations.
- There are many ways that performance is used for change. As individual audience members, artists, participants, or students, we engage our imaginations and creativity to help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Performance is a part of our identity, sense of community and learning.
- Performance fulfils many functions – including as entertainment, education, ritual, celebration, and protest. In a wider sense we also ‘perform’ every day. As sociologist Erving Goffman said: “We are all just actors trying to control and manage our public image, we act based on how others might see us.”
- At a time when the politics of climate, disability, economics, gender, race, and sexuality are increasingly contended, performance has a unique role to play in creating a better, fairer future.
- In all these contexts, performance has the capacity to be an agent of positive change. We have a conviction that our students can play a crucial role as the next generation creating that change.
- Work alongside students from all backgrounds, and learn from each other’s different perspectives.
- Join a community – our alumni are involved as mentors and allies, our staff are friendly and accessible, and we promote a supportive and generous working culture.
- Be an independent learner and create your own learning pathways supported by tutors.
- Study in a democratic environment, and have a say in decision-making about course content and ways of learning.
- Build links and partnerships with our local community in South-East London, arts organisations, and increasingly through international networks.
Year 1 In your first year you will take the following compulsory modules: Critical Dialogues A Introduction to Dramaturgy Processes of Performance: The Ensemble Scenography Theatre Making 1 The Politics of Play, Plays and Playing Critical Dialogues B Year 2 In your second year you will study: Modernisms and Postmodernity A Questions of Performance Contexts of Practice Creativity and Culture A: Contexts Creativity and Culture B: Crafts 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: Theatre and the Artistic Avant-Garde Women, Feminism & Playwrighting Samuel Beckett: Performance, Writing and Philosophy Bertolt Brecht and Political Theatre Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Activism and the Theatrical Avant Garde Postmodern Gender, Identity, and Queer Theory 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 one 15 credit module. Options are likely to change from year to year depending on staff interests, but modules offered recently include: Elements of Theatre History: American Theatre in the Mid-20th Century Elements of Theatre History: Shakespeare & Renaissance Theatre Elements of Theatre History: Classical Greek Theatre Elements of Theatre History: Theatre of Revival and Revolt: 20th Century Ireland Elements of Theatre History: Russian Theatre Elements of Theatre History: Spanish & Catalan Theatre Elements of Theatre History: African Theatre Elements of Theatre History: British Alternative Theatre History Elements of Theatre History: Polish Theatre Elements of Theatre History: Francophone Theatres from Africa, the Caribbean and Canada Year 3 In your third year you will study: Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory Culture and Performance B: Options Theatre Making 3: Laboratory and Projects Major Research Project: Drama Work placement Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of performances, production processes, essays, group projects and a dissertation.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.
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.
Additional entry requirements
You must be able to express a well-informed interest in theatre and performance theory and practice. 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.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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