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BAEnglish and Drama

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Overview

English and Drama are natural bedfellows. Combining the two, you can study Shakespeare to Stanislavski, science fiction to Japanese Noh Theatre, and playwriting to poetic practice.

From Beowulf to the Booker Prize, English offers you the opportunity to study the full historical range of literature in English as well as the latest developments in the field, and even to pursue your own creative writing.

You can discover the earliest works in English, deepen your knowledge of Shakespeare, find out what is great about Renaissance literature, darken your view of the 18th century, and unpack the Victorians. The course’s structure allows you to develop a sound understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and ideas as well as choosing from a huge range of options. You can study Modernism, Postmodernism and American literature, explore literary criticism, develop your own creative writing, and analyse the latest developments in global literatures in English.

Programme structure

Year 1

Critical Foundations – Thinking as a Critic
The aim of this module is to help you make the transition into university level work by introducing you to reading, writing and thinking as a critic. The module focuses on developing the abilities and skills of literary criticism and introducing the concepts, ideas and histories that are central to English as a discipline, including questions about interpretation, periodization, form, genre, canon, value, intention, narrative, voice, framing and identity.

Re-orienting the Novel
This module introduces you to the origins, developments and innovations of the novel form through a range of contemporary, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels. Organised thematically, the module considers earlier novels in relation to contemporary examples.

Introduction to Poetry
This module is designed to introduce you to a variety of major poems in English from the Renaissance to the present day. By the end of the course you will be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a wide range of poems from Shakespeare to the present; a familiarity with a variety of poetic forms; an understanding of how poetry functions; and the necessary skills for analysing poetic technique.

Theatre and Performance Making
You will encounter a range of creative methods for work-shopping practice, and produce a 20-minute performance as a response to one company.

Theatre and Culture
This module looks at the ways in which theatre reflects, intervenes and questions the culture around it. It will expand your horizons and introduce you to a range of unfamiliar practices.

Year 2

English: Shakespeare – Page to Stage
This module aims to promote the interdisciplinary study of Shakespeare. It provides you with the opportunity for dedicated study of a limited number of plays both from the perspective of theatre studies and literary criticism. It also explicitly encourages you to reflect on the creative tensions and cross-fertilisation between the two halves of your joint degree.

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Ideas 2 – Interdisciplinary Encounters
You will choose an option that further develops the dialogue between theatre and other disciplines by exploring key ideas to theatre practice. You might choose to explore casting, cultural heritage, ecology, gender, or money.

Year 3

All modules are optional

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Career opportunities

There are plenty of performance opportunities to get stuck into while you’re here, and they’ll stand you in good stead when you graduate. You’ll be familiar and confident in performance situations (skills which are vital for leading meetings and make you viable for visible leadership roles). You’ll come off as credible and composed. You’ll also walk away with considerable experience of technical, intellectual, imaginative, and practical skills, valued by most employers. Aside from these performance skills, you’ll also get skills in research and project management from the academic side of the course.

This industry links mean you’ll be able to pursue work experience with theatres and creative arts agencies. Recent graduates in the Department of Drama & Theatre have gone into careers in acting, writing, broadcasting (including at the BBC), literary agency, arts management, sound design, marketing / PR, teaching and community theatre work, as well as postgraduate study in different fields. Lots of our graduates also start their own performing arts companies. Find out more about what our graduates are doing now.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States