Explore the creative dynamics between writing and performance on the page, on the stage, and on the screen. **Why study this course?** Our BA in English Literature and Film and Theatre allows you explore literature and drama from a variety of perspectives, as written texts and as performances. You will have the opportunity to watch films in our state-of-the art cinema and analyse plays as they are staged in one of our performance environments. The Department of English Literature and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television have been leaders in their fields for a long time: English Literature was one of the first university departments to teach American and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood, and the Department of Film, Theatre and Television pioneered the study of film in UK higher education. The departments are based on the beautiful Whiteknights Campus, close to the library and Halls of Residence. Our students are active in all areas of university life, and bring the skills they learn in the classroom to their extra-curricular activities, such as the student newspaper and campus radio and television stations. The Department of Film, Theatre and Television is housed in the new Minghella Building, which has been custom-built with the needs of our students in mind. You will study Film and Theatre through a dynamic mixture of theory and practice and examine world cinema from its birth in the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. The study of twentieth and twenty-first century theatre practices will give you a clear sense of how drama is evolving. This will complement your study of drama ‘on the page’ in the English department, where you will also examine poetry, fiction and non-fictional writing from the Middle Ages to contemporary and creative writing. We believe in small-group teaching and are convinced of the importance of seminar discussion to the study of the Arts and Humanities: you will have time to discuss your ideas with tutors and other students. **After the course** English Literature and Film and Theatre A degree in English Language and Literature opens many doors. As a Reading graduate you will enter the job market with well-developed skills of oral communication, research and writing, together with a high level of cultural literacy and critical sophistication. This is an attractive profile: Reading graduates in English Literature have taken up jobs in television, film, theatre, publishing, public relations and advertising, journalism, education (primary, secondary and tertiary), travel and tourism, events planning, retail management and a variety of communication fields. Some pursue further study in Law, in Archival Studies, in English Literature and even in Medicine. Recent employers include the BBC, the Telegraph, Vogue, Oxford University Press, Waterstones, Cisco (the software company) and the Royal Mint, as well as local authorities and schools. Our innovative placement modules and Professional Track programme will ensure that you have the ‘complete package’ that employers are looking for: a good degree, workplace skills and experience.