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What happens to a text when it’s performed? This degree combines the study of English literature and theatre to help you understand, and interrogate, the relationship between text and performance. Why study BA English & Drama/Drama & English at Goldsmiths?
- You’ll be taught by professional theatre-makers, and benefit from our strong links with theatrical companies and professional organisations – many of them on our doorstep.
- You won’t just study Western theatre. You'll have the chance to examine plays and texts from Africa and the Caribbean.
- This degree is for students who are looking for some practical experience with producing theatre but would like to study a course primarily designed to develop your understanding of performance studies rather than your creative practice.
- At the end of your second year, you'll be able to choose between two pathways: Drama or English. This allows you to tailor your studies to your interests so you can get the most from your degree.
- Many of the staff in the Department of Theatre and Performance are professional theatre-makers, and we have strong links with theatres, companies and professional organisations.
- We have a strong tradition of theatre-making, and our on-campus facilities include a theatre and performance studios.
The programme can be studied through two pathways: Drama or English. These pathways diverge at the end of the second year. You choose the pathway of the final year by the end of the autumn term of the second year, although you will be asked to give a provisional indication of your choice when enrolling. Year 1 (credit level 4) you will study the following modules: Approaches to Text Introduction to Poetry Introduction to Literature of the Victorian Period Analytic Vocabularies A Scenography Introduction to Dramaturgy Drama Production: Summer Projects, which runs in the summer term. Year 2 and 3 (credit level 5 and 6) you'll study a combination of modules from English and Drama depending on the pathway you choose and your own choice of options. Year 2 English modules You choose modules to the value 60 credits, of which 30 credits encompass pre-1800 literature, such as Drama & Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust, Literature of the English Renaissance, Literature of the Later Middle Ages, Old English, Restoration & 18th-century Literature, Sensibility & Romanticism and Shakespeare. Modules may vary from year to year. Drama modules You choose between one of the two module sets below (to the value of 60 credits). Questions of Performance Elements of Theatre History Modernisms and Postmodernity B: Options or Theatre Making 2 Modernisms and Postmodernity A Elements of Theatre History Year 3 (credit level 6) – English Pathway If you choose to follow the English pathway you take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree. You choose English modules to the value of 60 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included: Caribbean Women Writers Creating the Text Decadence The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 Moderns Modern American Fiction Modern Poetry Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society The Art of the Novel Renaissance Worlds Postcolonial Literatures in English Studies in Literature and Film Professional Communication Drama Modules - You will take: Culture and Performance A or Culture and Performance A Culture and Performance B: Options Year 3 (credit level 6) - Drama Pathway If you choose to follow the Drama pathway then you will study the following modules. You take an interdisciplinary dissertation – a pass in this is compulsory for the award of the degree. English Modules You choose modules to the value of 30 credits from the recommended list. Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included: Caribbean Women Writers Creating the Text Decadence The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940 Approaches to Language and the Media Modern American Fiction Modern Poetry Modernism & Drama (1880-1930) The Art of the Novel Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories Postcolonial Literatures in English Studies in Literature and Film Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933) Work Placement (English) Drama modules Culture and Performance B: Options or Theatre Making 3: Laboratory and Projects Culture and Performance A or Culture and Performance A Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects. If you opt for an industrial placement year, your placement tutor will assess your work. If you complete the placement year successfully, you earn the endorsement 'with work experience' on your degree certificate.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBB||Including English Literature (or Language and Literature). A-level General Studies is not accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM||Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits||Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules.|
|Scottish Higher||BBBBC||Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||BBC||Grade B in English Literature (or Language and Literature) is required.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||33 points||With three Higher Level subjects at 655 including English Literature (or Language and Literature).|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2||Including English Literature (or Language and Literature).|
Grade B in English Literature, English Language or Language and Literature is required. A-level General Studies is not accepted. The Department of Theatre and Performance does not offer applicants auditions, although some – but not all – candidates will be invited for interview. The degree doesn't aim to provide a vocational training in acting, but rather an opportunity to engage in a broad creative and critical study, exploring the possibilities of theatre making in a wide historical and cultural context to provide transferable skills for a richly diverse array of career choices. This is why we're not looking for performing skills alone but for a range of creative, critical and inquisitive qualities when we select candidates for a place.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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