Drama and English at LJMU combines the reading, critical analysis and discussion of a diverse range of literature in English with the cultivation of your dramatic talents. Our degree will take you from literary classics to popular fiction, expanding your knowledge of British, Irish, American and other world cultures, and focusing on the complex and dynamic relationship between literature and its historical contexts. You will be exploring the work of canonical authors like Shakespeare, Blake, Eliot and Woolf, as well as contemporary writers such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Monica Ali. You will have the opportunity to perform, but you will also learn to stage manage and direct. You will experience the challenges of group work and be required to produce new plays and perform them to audiences in our own drama centre and in venues all over Liverpool, as well as learning the meaning behind plays and the social significance of drama. You might even have the chance to work on TV or radio drama, perform stand-up comedy or make musical theatre.In Liverpool, literary, theatrical and artistic events take place every day and night of the year, minutes from your class- and rehearsal rooms.
You will be taught by published, performed and performing writers, directors, actors and researchers, all of whom bring curiosity, experience and innovation to their teaching. We are particular proud to offer you a diverse portfolio of option modules, giving you the opportunity both to explore topics and skills that are new to you, but also to deepen your understanding of your own particular research and practical interests. Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, performances, seminars, workshops, rehearsals, peer presentations and screenings, and online groups give you the opportunity to further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.
This course encourages you to question the world around you as well as giving you the confidence to express yourself, be it walking into an audition or giving a five-minute presentation for a job. We are dedicated to developing the skills that, as an LJMU Drama and English graduate, you will have to offer to employers in your chosen profession. In your first year with us, you will pass the first stage of LJMU’s unique employability award, and can take this valuable qualification further in subsequent years. Every LJMU Drama and English student takes a work-related learning module, English or Drama Work Experience, or Working in the USA. All give you the chance to gain credit for planning for and reflecting upon a diverse range of professional experiences in the UK, Europe and the USA, including teaching, performing, writing, journalism, community work, Summer Camps, and the ambitious heritage project Shakespeare North. Recent LJMU English projects such as ‘Social Media for Students’ and ‘Blogging Beyond the Classroom’ have also offered applicants internship opportunities to further enhance their cvs. The experience you develop through these opportunities will be supported and enhanced by the University’s World of Work Careers Service and its wide range of training and information services.
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