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Drama & Performance and English Literature BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills 
  • Very stimulating and motivating course
  • Drama & Performance element predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts   
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities, for example paid work as a youth theatre assistant or as a performer in our theatre in education company as well as a range of work placement opportunities with local theatres, companies and schools that lead regularly to offers of employment
  • Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Drama & Performance and English Literature.

In combination, Drama & Performance and English Literature provide you with an opportunity to develop your practical experience and academic study of making and presenting theatre alongside wider academic study of plays and other literary forms written in English. As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a deliberately wide-ranging approach. Alternatively however, you can hone and focus in on your own interests, creating opportunities to develop more specialist complementary, extended projects across the two subject areas.

All Drama & Performance modules are ‘practice-based’ (ie you learn primarily through participation in performance). All students have opportunities to direct, write, devise and design performance work. Alongside, you examine the cultural contexts of drama and the theories that have spurred its development and informed how we understand it. There are opportunities to explore the diverse ‘applications’ of drama (in TV, live theatre, film and online), its social and historical significance, and its community roles and roles in education. Leading theatre companies and practitioners regularly visit to work with students, to provide workshops and to grow your understanding of the profession in support of your employability. Recent visitors have included Punchdrunk, Stan’s Café, Idle Motion, Shared Experience and award-winning children’s dramatist, David Wood. The course explicitly addresses the needs of students who, on graduating, are interested in theatre (performance, technical theatre, writing, directing, theatre/arts administration) or in teaching, theatre-in-education, youth theatre or community theatre. Students are regularly involved in public performance and the course’s networks of professional and community contacts generate numerous opportunities for ‘earn while you learn’ paid work.

English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.

Both subject areas aim to support your understanding of the range of possibilities that could be available to you on graduation and, as well as the option to undertake work placements, there are opportunities to explore postgraduate study and to investigate, with those who are already working in them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries and other employment sectors in which graduates of theatre and English literature courses find work. If you like both academic study and creative, practical work - and if reading, performing and exploring ‘contemporary’ cultural forms are what excite your curiosity (with ‘contemporary’ embracing not just the culture of your today but the todays of diverse others, from readers, writers and performers in 17th century England to those of 20th century America) – then this joint honours course may well be the one for you.

Factfile

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

 


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Stuart Currie
Admissions Tutor, Drama & Performance
01905 855291
s.currie@worc.ac.uk

Dr Tricia Connell
Admissions Tutor, English Literature
01905 855293 
t.connell@worc.ac.uk

Janey Robins
Course Administrator, English Literature
01905 852015
j.robins@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Staging Plays: Reading, Research & Performance
Introduction to Devising
What is Literature?

 


Module options:

Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Mask Acting
Theatre and Communities
European Theatre Practices
English Literature Across the Centuries
English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View
Introduction to American Writing
Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing


Year 2

Core modules:

Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice

 


Module options:

Applied Theatre in a Range of Community Contexts
Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
Devising & Adaptation
Theatre & Digital Media
Music Theatre
Making Theatrical Space
The Actor & Poetic Text
Choreography & Performance
Adaptation from Stage to Screen
Playwriting
Theatre, Real Lives & History
Directors & Directing
Physical Theatre
Shakespearean Comedy
Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
Children’s Literature
Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930
The American Short Story
Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760
Literature in English Around the World


Year 3

Core modules:

N/A

 


Module options:

Independent Research Project or Final Performance Project
Politics & Performance
Site Specific Performance
Contemporary Performance Practices
Theatre & Disability
Staging Shakespeare Today
New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
Physical Performance, Choreography & Community practices
Writing for Performance
Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre & Education
Sexuality in Performance
Scenography: Specialist Project
Professional Practice
Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
Fantasy and the 1980s
Cities and Fiction
American Writing and the Wilderness
Irish Writing since 1900
Literature in Film Adaptation
What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
Postcolonial Literature
Independent Research Project
Extended Independent Research Project


Employability

Employability

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama and Performance graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing, creativity, confidence and communication. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers. Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing.

Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies. Throughout our English Literature degrees, there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

How to apply

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Drama & Performance and English Literature BA (Hons) - WQ43

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