BA English and Drama
|Typical offer||AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34|
English and Drama at the University of Exeter is a challenging and flexible degree that builds on two internationally-renowned centres of excellence in research, teaching and theatre practice. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research interests and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning.
The programme provides you with a sense of the range and variety of literary works, introduces you to theoretical approaches that enable you to engage critically with texts understood in their historical and cultural contexts, and develops your critical, imaginative and practical engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre.
English modules are taught by staff with expertise in literature from the Middle Ages to the present, in cinema throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and in creative writing practices in poetry, prose and screen-writing. Drama modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including acting, directing, scriptwriting, voice, applied theatre, live art, digital theatre crafts, music theatre, puppetry, dance, and intercultural performance training.
The programme covers a wide range of material allowing you to develop and follow your own interests with the provision of modules by active researchers who are at the forefront of their respective fields.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The English and Drama degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.
The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of English and Drama theories, concepts, texts, and techniques. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.
|DRA1004||Acting and Not Acting: The Dialectics of Performance||30|
|DRA1007||Theatrical Interpretation: Practitioners||30|
|EAS1035||Beginnings: English Literature Before 1800||30|
Students opt for one of the 15 credit English modules below, to run alongside EAS1041 and their term 2 module in Drama.
|EAS1031||Introduction to Creative Writing||15|
|EAS1034||Film Studies: An Introduction||15|
In the second year you will advance your grasp of English and Drama knowledge, methods, and texts through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.
|DRA2064||Performance and Interpretation||30|
In English, you should select one module concerned with literature pre-1800, and one other module. You may select HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace in place of any other non-compulsory Stage 2, term 1 module.
Select 30 credits of Drama Level 2 optional modules. Please note, students must take DRA2067 Staging the Text if they plan to take a Theatre Practise option in Drama at Level 3.
|EAF2502||Shots in the Dark||30|
|EAF2510||Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture||30|
|EAS2026||Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640||30|
|EAS2029||Revolutions and Evolutions: Nineteenth Century Writings||30|
|EAS2071||Chaucer and His Contemporaries||30|
|EAS2074||Introduction to American Literature||30|
|EAS2080||Renaissance and Revolution||30|
|EAS2087||Creative Writing: Finding a Voice||30|
|EAS2102||Satire and the City: English Literature 1660-1750||30|
|EAS2103||Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960||30|
|EAS2104||Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations||30|
|EAS2105||Theatrical Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration||30|
|DRA2046||Music as Performance||30|
|DRA2067||Staging the Text||30|
|DRA2071||Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre and Performance||30|
|DRA2072||Culture in / as Performance||30|
|DRA2073||Social Practice in Art and Performance||30|
|DRA2084||Women and Theatre, 1700-1928||30|
|HUM2000||Humanities in the Workplace||30|
The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests.
The Year 3 dissertation may be taken in the areas of English (EAS3003), Creative Writing (EAS3122), or Drama (DRA3062).
|Select one of the following:|
|EAS3122||Creative Writing Dissertation||30|
If you have chosen to take EAS3003 or EAS3122, select 60 credits of Drama Level 3 optional modules and 30 credits of English options.
If you have chosen to take DRA3062, select 60 credits of English Level 3 optional modules and 30 credits of Drama options.
Please note, studio-based modules under 'Theatre Practice' can only be taken by students who have previously taken DRA2067 Staging the Text.
|DRA3009||Theatre Practice II: Directing||30|
|DRA3012||Theatre Practise I: Applied Drama||30|
|DRA3030||Interpretative Acting II||30|
|DRA3077||Voice for the Actor||30|
|DRA3084||Physical Performance: Choreography in Theatre-Making||30|
|DRA3024||Restoration Theatre: Culture and Politics||30|
|DRA3050||Creative Industries Management||30|
|DRA3076||The Actor's Body: Intercultural Theories and Practices||30|
|DRA3082||History of Acting||30|
|DRA3083||Theatre and Environment||30|
|DRA3085||Dis-eased: Performance and the Politics of Fear||30|
|EAF3501||American Independent Film||30|
|EAF3508||Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Western Cinema||30|
|EAS3100||Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity||30|
|EAS3128||Writing the Short Film||30|
|EAS3131||Advanced Critical Theory||30|
|EAS3134||Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop||30|
|EAS3136||Myths of the Nation: Postcolonial Studies||30|
|EAS3139||Classics of Children's Literature||30|
|EAS3141||Imperial Encounters: the Victorians and their World||30|
|EAS3145||Acts of Writing: Literature and Film, 1953 to present||30|
|EAS3165||Charles Dickens and the Condition of England||30|
|EAS3167||James Joyce's Ulysses||30|
|EAS3168||The American Novel Since 2000||30|
|EAS3176||Performing Digital Humanities: New Media Art and the 21st Century Museum||30|
|EAS3177||India Uncovered - Representations in Film and Fiction||30|
|EAS3178||Life-Writing: History, Form, Practice||30|
|EAS3179||Life and Death in Early Modern Literature||30|
|EAS3217||Crime and Punishment: Detective Fiction from the Rue Morgue to the Millenium||30|
|EAS3219||Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form||30|
|EAS3225||‘Reader, I Married Him’: The Evolution of Romance Fiction, from 1740 to the present||30|
|EAS3226||Modern Irish Literature||30|
|EAS3228||Romance from Chaucer to Shakespeare||30|
|EAS3229||Gothic Evolutions: Literature and Visual Culture||30|
|EAS3230||Prostitutes, Pornographers, and Inverts: Sex in the Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century||30|
|EAS3231||Spectacular Bodies: Shakespeare and Counter-cultural Performance||30|
|EAS3232||Jane Austen and the Novel||30|
Full module descriptions
Entry requirements 2017
AAA-AAB; IB: 36-34
GCE AL English Literature grade A; IB English HL6.
We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer, and normally interview applicants who may be offering alternative qualifications. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend two days of workshops and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. This involves an overnight stay in Exeter.
Programmes with Study Abroad
Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
You will be taught by internationally respected research-active staff. We use a wide variety of techniques and approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. Our teaching methods make full use of seminars, studio sessions, study groups, workshops, lectures, and web-based learning. In English, all our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two hours. In Drama, you will be involved in studio-based learning, typically in 3-hour studio sessions of 10-20 students, in each year of the degree. At the start of the programme the emphasis is on collaborative group work which becomes the basis for development of your individual interests and skills later on.
Option modules in your second and third years allow you to specialise in what most interests you.
You will be assessed in all years through a variety of assessment methods. Assessment in English is through a mixture of methods that includes essays, examinations and group presentation work. The ratio of formal examination to coursework is on average 40:60. Assessment in Drama includes continuous assessment, essay, performance and portfolio, or viva interview. Most work is assessed as coursework through studio practice, seminar and essay and there are currently no formal examinations for Drama modules.
A four year ‘with Study Abroad’ degree programme is available. A full year abroad, at one of our renowned partner institutions, is generally taken in the third year of a four year degree programme. You can apply directly for the four year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme, or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter.
English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.
Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.
Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
MA Cultural Heritage Management
MA English Literary Studies
PGCE English primary
MA Magazine Journalism
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.
*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.