Kingston University London - Drama and English BA (Hons)

Kingston University London

Drama and English BA (Hons)

If you're interested in both theatre and literature, this course is ideal. It offers knowledge and experience of the world of theatre through studying drama, literature, dramatic theory, and performance. It also offers a range of practical theatre skills.

Traditional subjects in English, such as Shakespeare and Victorian fiction, are balanced with the contemporary topics of gender, sexuality, multiculturalism, the avant-garde, and popular performance.

The course is delivered in the dedicated drama studio and rehearsal facilities. You'll also be within easy reach of London's world-renowned theatres. Students have previously enjoyed field trips to vibrant venues such as Shakespeare's Globe.

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • This course combines academic study with a wide range of practical workshops in purpose-built theatres and studios.
  • Kingston has industry links with publishers, literary agents, and theatre professionals, who'll offer you their expertise and advice.
  • You'll perform at The Rose Theatre in Kingston, the largest producing theatre in southwest London, and benefit from the resources and industry knowledge that this professional theatre offers.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS tariff points: 

    112-128 for BA (Hons); 48 for BA (Hons) including foundation year.

  • Level 3 qualifications, including Drama and Theatre Studies, English Language/Literature, Performing and Production Arts (i.e. A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

Drama and English graduates work in the creative industries as actors, writers, directors, stand-up comedians, outreach workers, technicians, producers, and events managers. In addition to pursuing careers as writers, they work in publishing, journalism, advertising and marketing, arts management, new media, education, community arts, the public relations industry, business, and therapeutic fields.  

Several graduates go on to postgraduate study in Theatre and English Literature or teacher training. Our alumni have published novels in a variety of countries as well as gained employment in a range of industries where accurate writing is valued. We have industry links with publishers, theatre professionals, and literary agents, as well as working writers in a variety of fields.

Course Details

Each level is made up of four modules each worth 30 credit points. Typically, a student must complete 120 credits at each level.

The Drama and English course is an ideal choice if you're interested in the theatre but want to study other literary forms.

You'll learn about the theatre as a cultural institution, through the study of drama, literature, dramatic theory, and performance practice.

You'll explore the history, theory, criticism, and practice of theatre-making and literature. For instance, you can study playwriting alongside textual analysis of plays, or Shakespeare alongside world literature.

Year 1

Staging Histories
Performance Vocabularies and Methods
Reading London: Drama, Poetry and Prose
Race, Nation, Identity: Literatures of the World

Year 2

Core Modules:
The Play Today
Transforming Realities: Innovation and Social Change in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature
Optional Modules:
Shakespeare: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
An Actor Prepares
Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing
Sex and the City: From Victorian Metropolis to Modernist Wasteland
The Theatre Director: crafting productions for the stage
Deadly Desires/Dangerous Discourse: Gothic Literature and Theory

Year 3

Core Modules:
After Modernism: Avant Garde Performance from the 1940s to the Present Day
Radical Writers
Optional Modules:
Drama Production Projects
Special study: Staging the Nation Identity Politics in Contemporary Drama
Special Study: Tragedy, Catastrophe, Trauma
Beyond Text: Advanced Dramatic Writing
Black and Asian Writing
Making Shakespeare: Text, Performance and Adaptation

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