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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.
Processes of Performance: The Ensemble
Introduction to Dramaturgy
Theatre Making 1
Radical Performance Vocabularies
Analytic Vocabularies A
Comedy 1: Text
Elements of Theatre History
Questions of Performance
Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options
Comedy 2: Performance
Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory
Culture and Performance B: Performances of Protest, Resistance and Revolution
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, dissertation and timed examinations.
How to apply
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!
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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.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|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|
|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
You must be able to express a well-informed interest in theatre and performance theory and practice.
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)||6.0||With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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