Explore different modes of performance that will develop your knowledge and practice of contemporary theatre. Discover how different societies have shaped English literature, and how English literature has shaped society. Prepare for a practical or academic career that could change the way others see the world.
On our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature, you’ll discover the importance of English literature and drama to society; how they both influence, and are affected by, factors such as the culture, language and economics of their time. You’ll also learn techniques that will allow you to better engage and affect audiences with your own drama practice and writing.
Our drama provision focuses on performance. You’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring texts and practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own productions. To gain experience of group collaboration, you’ll have the chance to work with students from other courses, such as Performing Arts and Music, creating innovative and daring performance practice.
Meanwhile, by studying English literature, you will in turn explore many other subjects at the same time, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. As well as developing skills in literacy and communication – important for any career – you will also become well-versed in methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Our optional modules will give you the chance to practise your own creative writing, weight your studies towards drama theory or performance or specialise towards a particular career, such as directing, publishing or dramatherapy.
You can also choose to take up a work placement to get valuable experience in your preferred industry, perhaps with a professional touring theatre company or a publishing house. Our own Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company can give you further experience of working with a professional director on local projects.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of English literature and drama experts, including Course Leader Dr Sue Wilson (Ed. D.H. Lawrence: Selected Stories) and Dr Tory Young (author of Studying English Literature, a text used by many universities).
Course Leader: Dr Sue Wilson.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature will help you develop many skills for your future career, including literacy, communication, creativity, self-reliance and teamwork. You can gain practical experience as a performer or stage technician, as well as the academic understanding needed to become a teacher or director.
Other roles in which our past students have found success include journalism, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration.
You might also decide to carry on to a Masters course after you graduate, such as our:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, oral presentations, and studio/public performance, as well as a major project involving practice-based research techniques.
The School of Performance is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll work in our two dedicated drama studios, a highly flexible black-box performance space as well as an additional rehearsal space. In Years 1 and 2, you will also have the chance to put on a production in our Mumford Theatre, which presents a range of touring professional touring companies, local community and student theatre, as well as music concerts.
Activities and events
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, our poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Stand-up Comedy Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying abroad at the Universidad de Huelva, Spain, and Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 30 minutes, during which you will also need to perform an audition piece.
For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our auditions and interviews page, or go straight to the detailed auditions information for School of Performance courses.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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