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Theatre and English BA
Theatre and English BA

Theatre and English BA

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirement

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)

  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)

Course Information

Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time, whether presented as drama or prose on a page.

In the Theatre and English BA you will discover the richness of theatre making and literature side by side, developing as a creative along the way. In doing so, the Theatre and English BA will help you become a critical and creative communicator equipped for a variety of creative roles.

On the Theatre side of your course, you will learn specialist skills in a range of practices such as acting, applied practice, devising/theatre making, digital theatre, musical theatre, physical theatre and writing for performance.

You’ll learn theatre in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which has a main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

You’ll learn theatre in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which is rather like being in drama school with its main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

AA facilities regularly host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.

The English half of your course commences with a module on ‘Reading Resilience’ to help prepare you with the necessary skills for literary studies.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you covering a variety of periods and genres from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, to contemporary and genre fiction.

Established links with the creative industries offer plenty of opportunities to hear from guest speakers and alumni on campus. Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to explore theatre and culture.

Uniquely for a theatre degree, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.

Students from the course have completed placements in a variety of organisations including the London’s Park Theatre, Rose Wisksteed Casting, Unicorn Theatre and Icarus Theatre Company.

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Year 1


  • DR1615 Perspectives 1

  • EN1604 World Literature 1: Going Global

  • EN1605 World Literature 2: Travels and Migrations


  • DR1601 Acting 1: Essential Skills

  • DR1609 Ensemble Production

  • DR1607 Applied Drama Practice 1: An Introduction

  • DR1612 Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre

  • DR1613 Musical Theatre 1

  • DR1616 Theatre Making 1

  • DR1617 Digital & Technical Theatre 1

Year 2


  • DR2608 Perspectives 2


  • DR2613 Writing 2: Experiments in Language for Performance

  • DR2614 Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment

  • DR2601 Acting 2: Beyond Naturalism

  • DR2602 Applied Drama 2: Project

  • DR2607 Digital Performance 2

  • DR2612 Musical Theatre 2: Histories, Practices and Theories

  • DR2619 Theatre Making 2

  • EN2001 - The Nineteenth-Century Novel

  • EN2002 - Shakespeare: Text and Performance

  • EN2014 - Modernism

  • EN2021 - Romanticism and Revolution

  • EN2011 - Post-Colonial Writing

  • EN2610 - Contemporary British and Irish Fiction

  • EN2605 - Genre Fiction

  • EN2611 21st Century Fictions of Global Inequality

Year 3


  • DR3614 Final Production (practical)

  • DR3608 Written Dissertation

  • EN3003 - Project

  • EN3004 English Project

  • DR3606 Written Dissertation Single


  • DR3617 Advanced Physical Theatre 3

  • DR3601 Perspectives 3: Battling with Ideas

  • DR3612 Advanced Musical Theatre 3

  • DR3616 Professional Experience and Development

  • DR3618 Advanced Acting 3

  • DR3619 Digital Performance and Technology 3

  • DR3620 Anti-Racism and Performance

  • EN3605 - Modern and Contemporary Lesbian Literature

  • EN3613 - The Creative Industries

  • EN3617 - Violence

  • AH3600 - Psychogeography

  • EN3022 - Victorian Literature and Culture

  • EN3604 - Writing Ireland

  • EN3619 - Chaucer to Shakespeare

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Potential graduate destinations include:

  • creative positions within the theatre industry

  • management and administrative positions within the creative industries as a whole

  • community-based careers in applied drama practice

  • educational work either in schools or in the growing number of education departments attached to theatres.

  • postgraduate study in English, Theatre and Arts Management.

Past students have gone on to work as theatre producers, actors, directors, performers, playwrights, stand-up comedians, casting agents, event managers, and animateurs.  

Others have gone on to work as arts administrators, community theatre officers for local councils, drama and English teachers, researchers, public relations, drama therapists and academics.

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Insurance – Single: 300 GBP per year

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