Drama and Theatre Arts

Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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This degree reflects the diversity and excitement of the subject in the new millennium, and gives you the opportunity to study the theory and practice of theatre and performance in a range of media. Why study BA Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll study in a dynamic department that offers you a balanced mix of theoretical and practical work - both constantly inform each other
  • We're located within easy travelling distance of central London, offering you access to the city's fantastic theatres and performance spaces
  • Many of our staff are professional theatre-makers and committed researchers, and we have strong links with theatres, companies and professional organisations
  • You'll benefit from our excellent on-campus facilities, including a 160-seat theatre, four performance studios, scenic workshops an open-access media suite and sound studio
  • From the second year you'll be supported by an extra-curricular Personal and Professional Development programme that accelerates in the third year
  • The degree provides training for working in the performing arts and creative industries; also the independent thinking and initiative, collaborative skills, and ability to conceive and develop ideas in an articulate and organised manner that will qualify you for a wide range of careers
  • Our graduates have won prestigious awards as playwrights, directors, creators of new work, and cultural leaders in the UK and internationally

Course details

Modules

Our distinctive emphasis on performance and production work alongside and informed by theoretical and critical study (and vice versa), the stimulating atmosphere created by staff with diverse research expertise, and our location in the heart of London's performance culture, mean that we offer a unique approach to drama and theatre arts. The degree programme leads you through a range of study including: theatre making production processes and performance close analysis of performances and written texts the history of theatres across a range of cultures critical vocabularies for reading, writing and analysing texts as well as performances physical investigation of - and reflection on - modes of performance the acquisition of technical skills understanding how performance affects audiences theatre, studio and site-specific practice understanding of theatre in terms of its social engagement an ability to define and critique what falls under the broad term ‘performance’ Throughout your learning you benefit from the Library, department theatre and studio spaces, open access to the department's digital (media and sound) and scenographic workshops, supported by the department's team of professional technicians. The department is also part of the Erasmus Scheme and has a wide international professional network, including a new Association with LIFT. The department's Special Project Fund supports students' own productions and workshop projects. The degree is based on a balanced combination of modules in the theory, practice and history of drama, theatre, performance and related media. You take four modules of study a year, but any one module may include within it two or more options. Year 1 (credit level 4) - you study the following compulsory modules: Analytic Vocabularies A Analytic Vocabularies B Introduction to Dramaturgy Scenography Theatre Making 1 Processes of Performance: Encounters with Space Processes of Performance: The Ensemble Year 2 (credit level 5) - you take two compulsory modules: Theatre Making 2 Modernisms and Postmodernity A You also choose option modules from the following areas: Modernisms and Postmodernity B 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. 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. Year 3 (credit level 6) - You study two compulsory modules: Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre Arts Dissertation 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 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. Work placement - Level 6 students may also take an optional work placement module Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

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.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW440
Institution code G56
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules
Scottish Higher BBBBC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2

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. 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.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

To find out more about fees and funding, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office https://www.gold.ac.uk/ug/fees-funding/
Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS