Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree explores the practice of theatre and performance in community and educational settings, for social, political and personal change.

You'll reflect on the relationship between arts and activism, particularly in the fields of politics, international relations and sociology. The department has exceptional links with industry, providing you with opportunities to engage with theatre and performance in various settings including social care, prisons and community centres working with diverse groups such as young people or refugees.

Our industry links represent some of the most innovative and influential performance practices in the world including:

Producing theatres ' the Young Vic and Theatre Royal Stratford East

Participatory organisations ' Spare Tyre Theatre and Cardboard Citizens

Arts centres ' The Albany and Ovalhouse

Touring theatre companies ' Graeae and Talawa

This course is in the spirit of Goldsmiths and reflects our identity as a radical, political, cutting'edge, international, interdisciplinary, creative and critical home of the arts and humanities in the heart of London.

You will be taught by an exemplary team of Goldsmiths artists and academics who not only teach and mentor you, but also lead their own creative projects and continue to publish their own academic work, too.

Course Modules

Level 4

All modules are core at Level 4:

Radical Theatre Histories

Body, Space and Spectator (DTA)

The Politics of Play, Plays and Playing

Introduction to Dramaturgy

Theatre Making 1 (DTA)

Analytic Vocabularies A

Level 5

Elements of Theatre History (DTA)

Elements of Theatre History: Polish Theatre

Questions of Performance

Elements of Theatre History: British Alternative Theatre History

Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Activism and the Theatrical Avant Garde

Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Postmodern Gender, Identity, and Queer Theory

Option Modules

Creative and Critical Contexts

Process and Performance (Placement)

Level 6

Culture and Performance A (DTA)

Culture and Performance B Options (DTA)

Performances of Protest (DTA)

Theatre as a Learning Medium (DTA)

Community Intersections

Theatre for Development

Theatre and Therapy

Theatre and Prisons

Social and Political Theatre Practice

Dissertation/Research Project

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

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £15,340 Overseas Fees