Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

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 Modules

Year 1

Processes of Performance: The Ensemble

Introduction to Dramaturgy


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


Comedy Writing

Year 3

Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory

Culture and Performance B: Performances of Protest, Resistance and Revolution


Final Show

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 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.0With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5