Explore the creative dynamics between writing and performance on the page, on the stage, and on the screen. English Literature was one of the first university departments in the UK to study American and Canadian authors such as Margaret Atwood. We continue this tradition with a curriculum that includes the best of contemporary writing from Britain, America and the Caribbean. 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, 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 is a dynamic mix of theory and practice with optional modules that include group-based practical projects. You will have access to a studio with 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. More than 80 performances, films and television programmes are created in the department each year, offering multiple opportunities to develop your technical or performance skills. Our partnerships and connections with the contemporary creative world help you gain a rich and critically informed knowledge of the techniques that shape creative practice today. English Literature modules will enable you to examine in greater detail authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett), and also introduce you to aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction, and they will help you to develop your own literary interests. Throughout your degree you will be thinking about the career choices and we help you put in place the skills and experience that you need to launch that career. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts. You can also take a placement module on languages and literature in heritage, in education, and in the media. Students on our "Communications at work" module also undertake a short placement to explore the ways in which the skills and knowledge gained in their studies have direct application to the workplace. **Careers** 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. You will have the critical and cultural awareness necessary for working in the public sector and the media. Our graduates go into many walks of life from performing arts, journalism, the media, or teaching to law, business administration, web-design and advertising. 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. Past graduates have gone on to work for employers such the BBC, The Telegraph, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco Systems and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools.