Discover how our societies have shaped and been shaped by English literature, and explore different modes of performance with our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature degree in Cambridge.
Performing is at the core of our Drama and English Literature degree at ARU.
Grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner, while exploring classic literature and genres ranging from sci-fi to children’s books.
You’ll work on public-productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring drama practices and texts from the 20th century onwards as well as working on original pieces. Alongside this, you’ll explore many other subjects including history, politics, philosophy and religion as well as developing your literacy and communication skills.
Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your ability to interpret dramatic texts and your performance skills.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature degree lets you weight your studies to your own interests and career goals. Prepare for a career in the arts or fields such as teaching – and get ready to change the way others see the world.
Understanding the importance of literature and drama to society is the main focus of our BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature degree.
Here at ARU, the focus is on an experiential, 'learning-through-doing' programme. Your degree will see you choosing from a range of career-focused optional modules, completing either a 100% practical drama Major Project or an English literature one, and graduating with a professionally produced showreel and portfolio.
Connect with Cambridge’s performance scene through our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. You’ll get the chance to perform in public venues around Cambridge as well as on campus, in the Mumford Theatre and Covent Garden Studio.
Experience being part of a professional troupe with our very own Community Theatre Company and take the chance to perform and collaborate with other creative industries students.
Take the opportunity to go on field trips and attend productions to broaden your real-world experience. We’ll also support you to find placements and work experience and you can also take an optional placement year.
Improve your creative and critical writing skills, and develop your technical and production skills in our specialist facilities. Our technical officers will be on hand to offer help and support.
As an ARU student, you can also get involved with the University of Cambridge's Footlights comedy events as a writer, performer or member of the production team.
An adaptation of Shakespearean classic The Tempest by graduating BA (Hons) Drama students.
An English adaptation of Czech writer Karel Čapek's acclaimed 1920 science fiction play R.U.R.,
The story of the mythical Paul Bunyan as a metaphor for the human struggles of the emerging New World and the personal struggles of the central character Johnny Inkslinger.
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As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
During your time at ARU, you’ll have the opportunity to:
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Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Senior Lecturer in Drama Course Leader, BA (Hons) Drama, BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature, BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies
Deputy Head, Writing and Performance
Our Drama and English Literature BA (Hons) degree will give you practical experience as a performer or technician, and the academic understanding to be a director or a teacher.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Dramatherapy or MA English Literature. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
“As students we are incredibly lucky with the support of the staff, and the resources and dedication that are brought to the theatre every session.” – Zoe, BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature student
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