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French / Drama and Theatre Studies

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Key Facts

Code RW14
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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If you are looking for an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining the study of French language and culture with the combination of theory and practice of Drama and Theatre studies, then our degree is for you. In the most recent National student survey (NSS), our French department is number 1 in the UK for student experience and over 92% of our students were satisfied with their course. French/ Drama and Theatre studies is engineered to empower you to develop your skills and capacities as a theatre-maker and creative thinker with the ability to communicate bilingual in French and English supported by internationally recognised staff with a wide range of expertise.  During your four-year degree, you will have the opportunity to study or work abroad in any of the French speaking countries around the world. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study French/ Drama and Theatre studies at Aberystwyth University?

  • A vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • Possibility to start French and beginner or advanced level
  • Receive four hours of language work per week (most Universities only offer 2- 3)
  • Unique combination of creative and critical approaches
  • Benefit from the state- of- the-art Language resource centre
  • Excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional theatre-making
  • Learn in an exceptionally friendly environment, close contact with the teaching staff
  • Study in one of the safest University campus in the UK (The Daily Mail, 2015)
  • Connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • Superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities
  • Close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centers in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Take part and enjoy the activities organised Aberystwyth University’s energetic student drama and language societies
  • Both departments also offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the departments.
Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language (Beginners) FR10740 40
French Language Advanced FR19930 30
Theatre in Context 1 TP11020 20
Theatre in Context 2 TP11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Images of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to French Studies FR11120 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Site-Specific Performance Project TP11420 20
Studio Theatre Project TP11120 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits DRS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment FRS0060 60

Employability

Employability is embedded across our teaching within the Department of Modern Languages and the Department Theatre, Film and Television. The Year Abroad is where our graduates are more distinguished than others. Upon successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt in any situations. 

What can I do with a French/ Drama and Theatre Studies degree?

Many of our students have been successful in obtaining employment in these fields;

  • Acting and performing
  • Directing
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Education
  • Designing
  • Script writing
  • Teaching and education
  • Arts administration
  • Marketing
  • International Banking
  • Management
  • Public Relations

Transferable Skills

In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, studying for a degree in French and Drama and Theatre Studies will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• communication skills
• interpersonal skills
• intercultural competence
• the ability to learn other languages with relative ease
• awareness of the function of language
• improved language skills in your mother tongue.
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• the ability to apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
• the ability to research, evaluate and organise information
• the ability to structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means
• the ability to listen to and make use of critical advice

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In all years, you will have four weekly hours of language work.

In your first year you will:

  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture
  • Have the choice to study general modules on film, language and identity
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making
  • Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance

In your second year you will:

  • Be able to choose from a range of content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France
  • Write a first essay based on your independent research, with tutorial supervision
  • Contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches
  • Full-scale production work
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing
  • The development of modern European Theatre
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance
  • Theatre and contemporary society
  • New Media and performance writing

In your final year you will:

  • Create independent creative work
  • Produce your research dissertation
  • Linguistics and semantics
  • Current affairs in French and Francophone society
  • Undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects
  • Develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events
  • Write your own play script

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work.

Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives.

You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB with B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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