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Drama and English Literature BA (Hons)



What will I learn?

**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.You can also choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost.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.The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.**Professional Facilities**As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:- Dedicated drama studio, with highly flexible black-box performance space- Full-size on-campus professional Mumford Theatre- Large rehearsal space with audio playback facilities, piano, LED lighting rig, portable dance mirrors, gym mats and rostra/modular staging- Students’ Union-run dance studioAs one of our students you'll also have access to all our other art, design and creative industries facilities and equipment.**Careers**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 thr

Which department am I in?

Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
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Start date

11 September 2023


Cambridge Campus

East Road,



CB1 1PT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Grades AAA at A level taken within two academic years prior to the time of application to include Chemistry or Biology; and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one other.A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted taken within two academic years prior to the time of application.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Anglia Ruskin University

Placing within the top 350 institutions in the world, the multicultural Anglia Ruskin University is home to students from more than 185 countries.

  • Among the top 20 universities for its teaching excellence
  • Investment of GBP 100 million in facilities
  • Study options are closely aligned to industry needs
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