Would you like to give yourself a wide range of career options with a degree designed to combine your passion for reading with a set of highly sought-after media and communications skills? This highly contemporary and stimulating course has been designed with the aim of providing you with a wide range of interesting, exciting and challenging opportunities to develop your interest in literature, intellectual abilities and creative talents. Students on the course will be acquainted with a variety of critical perspectives and analytical methods both specific to the two areas of study of their degree and operating between them. The course aims to foster an independent approach to formulating problems and arguments, using the close reading and analytical skills that are fundamental to the disciplines of English in combination with the specific theories and practices of Media and Communications. Studying for a joint honours degree in English will allow you to combine the development of your interest in literature with a combined subject area. The latter will be tailored to suit your interests and enable you to develop a specialism in an area of creative practice. This approach will help you develop into a high calibre, motivated graduate, equipped with the confidence and flexibility to thrive in the dynamic media landscape. We aim to give you: • knowledge of a range of forms and genres of literature in English from a range of periods • the ability to analyse and interpret complex works of literature and to develop your own critical voice • knowledge of a range of issues and themes in contemporary media • a set of general digital media skills • advanced skills in a designated area of audio-visual or audio production. As well as gaining highly transferable skills from English Literature, you will gain essential vocationally-focused skills in media and communications, such as digital production. Additionally, you will gain valuable work experience in your second year, in a placement related to your core literary interests (for example, publishing) or in the area with which you are combining English (for example radio or film). By combining a critical understanding of English literature and media and communications, you will gain transferable skills for a range of careers in film, television, publishing, journalism, radio broadcasting, research and new media. You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.