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English Literature and Film & Theatre BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Study BA English Literature and Film & Theatre and explore the creative dynamics between writing and performance on the page, on the stage, and on the screen.You will be studying in two departments (English Literature; and Film, Theatre & Television). Both have been leaders in their fields for a long time. English Literature was one of the first university departments in the UK to study American and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood, and we continue this tradition with a curriculum that includes the best of contemporary writing in English from around the globe. The Department of Film, Theatre & Television pioneered the study of film in UK higher education, and we continue to lead in the range and breadth of the modules we offer.You will learn about film from its beginnings in the late nineteenth-century to the present day, and you will be able to learn more about everything from contemporary Hollywood to avant-garde cinema, together with new forms of digital entertainment and video art. Theatre modules present you with the opportunity to study the work of playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Sarah Kane, and Samuel Beckett. You will investigate a range of contemporary practices from popular forms of theatre to the latest performance art.Our teaching mixes theory and practice, and modules that include group-based practical projects are available for those who enjoy practice-based study. We have a huge advantage in our £11.4m building that features three theatre spaces, a digital cinema, a dedicated recording studio and a mixing suite. You will have access to a studio with a flexible lighting system, multi-camera facilities, a talk-back system and Chroma key, and a studio gallery linked to the theatres for live filming and mixing work. We provide industry-standard software and support from dedicated technicians, and all spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and lighting.In your English Literature modules, you will encounter authors and genres that you may already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett). You will also explore aspects of literary studies that may be less familiar to you, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our lecturers and professors have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction so you will be learning from experts in the field. Everyone in our departments teaches at every level of the degree, meaning you'll learn from experts from your first year.We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment, because we believe that studying literature, cinema and theatre should be a discursive process in which we learn by sharing ideas. We provide detailed and thorough feedback on your written work: this is crucial to your development as a writer, whether you intend a career in creative or professional writing.You will enter the job market with highly-developed research and communication skills; you will know how to access reliable information on any topic and how to present your findings in clear and persuasive language. Your practical work and group projects give you experience of project management and collaborative working. These are all valuable skills in today’s economy, where information and communication skills are vital. You will have the critical and cultural awareness necessary for working in the public sector and the media.Our graduates enter performing arts, journalism, the media, or teaching. Some decide to continue their studies at postgraduate level: our MA in Samuel Beckett would be an excellent way to further your studies in both English literature, film and theatre. Others have successful careers

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,320per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBB

A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

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    36th out of 102 9

    62nd out of 106 5

  • Entry standards

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    134 70%

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  • Graduate prospects

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    56 56%

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  • Student satisfaction

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    3.87 77%

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    118 58%

    49th

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  • Graduate prospects

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    63 63%

    65th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%

    99th

    2

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