Drama and English
English and Drama are natural partners; the study of each augments, enriches and illuminates the study of the other. At Royal Holloway, two highly distinguished departments have come together to create a fully integrated degree programme offering an extremely varied and stimulating experience. Holders of degrees from these departments have proved employable in a wide spectrum of careers: acting, directing, theatre management, film, media and television, teaching, management, journalism, law, administration, accountancy, PR, as well as further postgraduate study to MA and PhD levels.
Core courses are convened and taught by a joint team from both departments. There are around 40 members of staff in addition to visiting experts, and (in Drama and Theatre) five technicians, enabling students to choose from a vast array of optional courses in most areas of Drama and English literature, from Shakespeare to Stanislavski, from science fiction to Puppetry, and from playwriting to poetic practice. The new degree uses a variety of teaching methods and we are fully committed to enabling our students to develop their potential, whether in practical work or more theoretical modes of expression. The course enables those who take it to foster an identity as a joint honours student whilst retaining the same opportunities for specialism as their single honours counterparts; practical work in Drama, for example, is open to those on this degree.
As a joint honours undergraduate in Drama and Creative Writing, you'll take half the Single Honours Drama degree and devote half of your time to Creative Writing, taught in close collaboration with the Department of English.
First year curriculum
First years undertake a foundation year that is designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge we consider fundamental to the combined study of English and Drama. To this end, students take two units in each department, and study alongside single honours students. These courses focus on the acquisition of the theoretical, practical and methodological skills necessary to develop a sophisticated understanding of the subject. In Drama, you will take:
DT1100 Theatre & Performance-Making
DT1400 Theatre & Ideas
alongside courses in the English department that introduce students to the study of the novel and to the study of poetry.
Second and Third Year curriculum
In the second and third years, English/Drama students all take a specific course taught between the two departments that address overlapping topics from the complementary perspectives of Drama and English. These are:
EN2500 Shakespeare from Page to Stage (2nd year)
DT3500 English/Drama Research Seminar (3rd year)
This leaves English/Drama with three courses each year, to be split between the two departments: students therefore take two Drama units (and one English unit) in one year and two English units (and one Drama unit) in the other year. Students can choose which year they have a choice about whether to weight their degree towards Drama in the second year or the third year.
For any enquiries about the English/Drama degree, contact Dr Elaine McGirr elaine.mcgirrrhul.ac.uk
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