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

Year 1 In your first year you will take the following core modules :

Radical Performance Vocabularies

The Politics of Play, Plays and Playing

Introduction to Dramaturgy

Theatre Making 1

Analytic Vocabularies

Processes of Performance: The Ensemble


Year 2

Modernisms and Postmodernity A

Questions of Performance

Contexts of Practice

Creativity and Culture A: Contexts

Creativity and Culture B: Crafts

Plus option modules.

Level 6

Culture and Performance: Critical Cultural Theory

Culture and Performance B Options

Theatre Making 3

Major Research Project: Drama

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

Qualifications required:

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