Goldsmiths, University of London

Drama: Comedy and Satire Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate

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TEF Bronze

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Comedy and satire play a vital role in commenting on, and critiquing, the world around us.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in one of two pathways: writing, or writing & performing.

  • In both pathways you'll examine how comedy and satire have evolved across time-periods and cultures; developing your historical, social, political and cultural knowledge of these art forms. You'll also be able to gain practical skills including writing, performing, monologue, experimental performance, and live art.

  • The course is designed for students wishing to work professionally as performers, stand ups, writers, directors, and producers for stage, screen and radio as well as scholars, critics, journalists and teachers.

  • Many of the department’s academic staff are also active industry professionals – writers, directors, performers and dramaturges. They will be joined by professional comics and writers to help you hone your craft.

Course details

Modules

Year 1
Processes of Performance: The Ensemble
Introduction to Dramaturgy
Scenography
Theatre Making 1
Radical Performance Vocabularies
Analytic Vocabularies A
Comedy 1: Text

Year 2
Elements of Theatre History
Questions of Performance
Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options
Comedy 2: Performance
Stand-Up
Comedy Writing

Year 3
Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory
Culture and Performance B: Performances of Protest, Resistance and Revolution
Dissertation
Final Show

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

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through a variety of performances, production processes, essays, group projects, dissertation and timed examinations.


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 code WW03
Institution code G56
Campus name Main 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

Qualification Offer Further 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
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
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

Additional entry requirements

Other

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

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
Lewisham
SE14 6NW


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