This programme introduces you to a fascinating range of literary texts and periods and allows you to develop your skills as a thinker, reader, writer and critic. By studying English combined with Drama you will explore a variety of practical and theoretical approaches and performance styles from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both programmes are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team that has substantial research and teaching experience. This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you whilst broadening your knowledge and understanding of English in addition to developing your knowledge of a range of practices encompassing different types of performance, improvisation, devising, adapting material for new media and audiences, as well as the literary skills required for textual interpretation, writing and critical analysis.
Students enjoy excellent studio facilities and access to productions at Northampton’s nationally recognised regional theatre, Royal & Derngate. There are opportunities for visits, researching educational settings and activities in schools and other educational contexts.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English from the Renaissance to the present day. Drama is an experiential practice-led discipline in which students practically explore key aspects of theatre and performance practice styles, conventions and theories across a wide range of historical and cultural backgrounds.
Students will develop and increase their repertoire of physical and performance skills. They will develop physical and vocal techniques for work in different styles of performance, for improvisation and for devising. Students will also acquire skills relevant for textual interpretation and critical analysis. These skills will be developed through a combination of teaching strategies including theatre visits, lecture or seminars and workshops with visiting professionals.
We are looking for gifted people with some experience of performance. This practical course will appeal to people wishing to pursue careers in different areas of the theatre and performance industries and related fields in the arts, in community work, in education and in postgraduate studies. Applicants should be able to express themselves in practice and in writing underpinned by research.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects. Stage one explores the introduction of English and Drama foundations providing an excellent platform of knowledge for students to advance to stage two.
Drama at stage one concentrates on developing key skills, both practical and academic, through four compulsory modules consisting of workshop-based, practice-led investigations of selected performance theories and lecture or seminar courses. The other modules in this stage enable students to acquire an understanding of nineteenth century English literature. In the Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature module you will explore the development of English Literature from the end of the Second World War to the present.
Modules take students into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider range of literature from the realms of the Eighteenth- century Literature; Satire and Sensibility as well as focusing on the wicked wit and violence of ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1800). In Drama you will build on the ensemble work of the foundation year through increased speculation in chosen areas of interest whilst extending the depth of study and scope of practical work. Students are exposed to work of greater complexity and challenges requiring more creativity and imagination most especially in the compulsory modules, Specialist Study and Theories and Movements of Performance.
You will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of English and Drama that you find particularly interesting.
For our most advanced students, Renaissance Literature provides new perspectives on that period, from ‘Renaissance sexualities’ to ‘visions of the new world’. In Drama, students will take the compulsory module, Adaptations, and participate in a compulsory intensive tutor led investigative course, Theatre and Performance in Context. Students will form creative relationships with professionals in the performance and creative industries.
All major or joint students prepare, by supervised research, a dissertation that permits them to investigate an area of personal/career interest.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- core period modules from the Renaissance to the present day
- opportunities to develop creative writing skills
- opportunities to study American literature
- diverse range of assessment methods
- six fully equipped drama studios and a large flexible performance space where diverse staging can be explored
- a wide variety of work with visiting professionals in the creative and performance industries
- links with professionals in performance and creative industries and with theatres, locally and nationally
- opportunities for placements in the theatre industry and related areas and the forming of companies to work in applied theatre contexts
- an exciting range of modules
The division of performance studies of which Drama is one of the programmes is home to professional companies, Jawi Theatre Collective and Choreographic Lab in which staff and students across year levels collaborate and work occasionally.
Links with local professional theatre companies, small theatres and practitioners provide additional rehearsal studios for students along with the Portfolio Innovation Centre where students may book practical space and graduates can lease space to work from and to develop their emerging practice at subsidised cost.
This joint honours programme provides an excellent foundation for entry into the competitive professional and academic field of Drama. Our graduates have gone into a wide cross-section of careers as performers, directors, stage managers, dramaturges, writers, theatre journalists, community arts administrators and practitioners, as well as teachers and lecturers in the discipline. The highly valued transferable skills gained from the programme have enabled our graduates to go on to work outside the arts at managerial level, whilst some have gone on to postgraduate study. Students will have highly developed performance and academic skills and transferable skills for work in different fields. They will become incisive critics and confident presenters.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|