Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This is a unique programme for dramaturges and playwrights. This highly successful programme offers specialist pathways in Performance Writing and Dramaturgy. We concentrate on the process of writing for live performance, together with an ongoing evaluation of the work in process. Through practice and reflection, we enable you to establish a distinctive, individual approach as both a writer and dramaturge. Projects include site-specific work, writing for a specific audience, verbatim theatre and interdisciplinary collaboration. We support the development of texts for performance, alongside an intellectual understanding of the diverse forms and contexts in which live performance can be made and the writer/dramaturge?s role in this. We examine texts from a wide range of periods and cultures. We engage with work that is innovative, or which challenges established notions of practice. Playwriting specialists will become skilled in: the use of a range of techniques for the development and structuring of original material for live performance; working to a brief in diverse professional circumstances; evolving an individual creative vision; Dramaturgy specialists will become: familiar with a diverse range of techniques for generating and developing new work; skilled in analysis of dramatic text and live performance; skilled in formulating a distinctive contribution to policy and practice in one or more fields of new writing. Numerous playwrights completing this programme receive high-level professional development opportunities, commissions, awards and full-scale productions of their work at major new writing centres in the UK, USA and in continental Europe. Many also work for at least part of the time in the fields of script development (for theatre and television), and in theatre publication.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,750 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,810 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,875 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,875 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,905 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5.
  • IELTS score: 7