De Montfort University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Drama and English Literature

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Course summary

This dynamic course is informed by contemporary methods of performance making, current scholarly thinking, and historical theatrical traditions. You will learn from researchers and guest practitioners, and engage critically and creatively with varied modules which will help you to put performance into context. We will support you to develop your own artistic vision based on your personal interests and aspirations, to grow in confidence showcasing your work. You will explore techniques that underpin acting and performing for the stage, gain a broad understanding of the history of theatre and performance from Ancient Greece to contemporary performance art, and investigate theatre as a vehicle for social change in politics and education. Gain real-world experience through placements and internships, get involved in professional performances, and broaden your horizons with theatre trips at home and abroad – all of which will prepare you for a range of careers in the arts industry. This joint-honours course enables you to inform your studies alongside one of the following subjects.

  • Drama studied with Creative Writing enables students to explore creative uses of language.
  • Drama and English Literature emphasises both disciplines’ interest in written texts.
  • Drama and Arts and Festivals Management combines creative performance with the theory and practice of managing arts industries.
  • Drama and Media reflects the importance of media in contemporary performance.
You will study 50 per cent Drama and 50 per cent of your other subject.    Key features:
  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, with our sophisticated facilities  providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for drama and performance learning activities.
  • Our lively curriculum  gives you the opportunity to engage critically with research and the practices of drama, theatre and performance, helping you to develop your own artistic vision.
  • Enhance your learning, broaden your outlook and open up career opportunities by combining Drama with a related subject.
  • Benefit from our long-standing partnership with Leicester’s iconic Curve  theatre. Opportunities include internships, work placements and the chance to work on or perform in an annual production,  which have included  Lorca’s Blood Wedding and Lucy Prebble’s Enron.
  • Extensive performance opportunities including  Exit Souls: The Drama Festival showcases students’ diverse work to a public audience each year.
  • Expand your horizons with international experiences  through  DMU Global. Our students have attended the Drama Theatre Festival in Liège, Belgium at the world-renowned International University Theatre Reunion.
  • Our graduates have gone on to work in theatre companies, community arts organisations and have forged careers in media and technical theatre production.

Course details


"First year: • Performance in Context: History and Analysis • Acting and Performing Second year: • Performance in Context: Culture and Theory You will take the above module and choose from: • Curve Company 1 • Popular Performance • Devised Theatre and Performance • Drama and the Community Third year: • Drama Research Project OR Performance as Research • Live Art and Experimental Performance • Curve Company 2 • Engaging with Creative Industries • Political Performance • Education and Performing Arts Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current You will study 50 per cent Drama and 50 per cent of your other subject."

Assessment method

"Structure: Drama staff have expertise in a number of different fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, popular theatre, applied drama, directing, language and performance, 20th-century modernist drama and the avant-guarde, 20th-century women playwrights, performer training, performance and documentation, theatre and translation, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice. Visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your learning. We are dedicated to the student experience more widely, and run extra and co-curricular activities and events throughout the year. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2022/23 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For EU and Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information:
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