BA Spanish / Drama and Theatre Studies

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of Joint Honours schemes that allow you to study two subjects that best suit your interests. If you choose to study a language not only will you acquire a high level of linguistic competence (oral, aural, written) but you will also immerse yourself in the study of your language in the wider European social and cultural context. You will spend the third year of study abroad, and during this period your academic study will be reinforced with practical experience. The Department of European Languages is renowned for the friendly and supportive way it treats its students. On successful completion of your degree you will have developed a range of skills and capabilities sought by employers. Languages graduates are often employed as teachers or translators, but high-level language skills are also in demand in the financial sector, in law, the business world and the wider public sector.

Drama and Theatre studies looks through and beyond historic and established forms to explore what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future. You’ll have the opportunity to encounter a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices and develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar. The intellectual, practical and transferable skills acquired whilst studying Spanish and Drama and Theatre Studies will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative arts and beyond.

Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Spanish (NSS 2016)
92% student satisfaction for our Drama and Theatre Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

Spanish is spoken by over 350 million people globally, with increasing cultural and commercial importance in North America and Asia and skills in this language is vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and languages graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in at least one foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.

Drama and Theatre Studies is your opportunity to develop skills as a maker and thinker of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You will gain an understanding of each of these inter-related forms as a site of study, thought and creative practice. Through a combination of theoretical and practical explorations you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of contemporary practices, from scripted drama to site-specific performance and from documentary theatre to experiments in new media performance.

Why Study Spanish and Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth?

The Department of European Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is one of the most significant Departments of its kind, with a reputation at local, national and international levels. We offer an extremely broad range of specialisms, ranging from site-specific and located theatre and performance to contemporary European theatre, British and Irish drama, documentary theatre, performance art, new media performance, politics, aesthetics, philosophy and ethics.

Many lecturers are leading professional theatre-makers and active researchers, working at the cutting edge of their disciplines, and departmental staff have active working relationships with a range of companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine, Imitating the Dog and the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 60% of research submitted being rated world-leading.

Within the Spanish and Drama and Theatre Studies degree, excellent facilities for practical work, including rehearsal studios and well-equipped studio theatre spaces are provided, where you can undertake projects and productions at a variety of scales. We also make use of the unique geographic resources of Aberystwyth – its landscape, language, history – to explore the challenges posed by working in different places and situations, developing an understanding of how theatre and performance always emerge from, and relate to, specific contexts. The Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest campus arts centres in the UK, is situated on the main campus, and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances of all kinds. The Department has close links with the Arts Centre, collaborating to produce an annual Theatre Passport of subsidized work specifically for students.

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 Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take the following modules:

Semester 1

Studying Theatre 1 TP11020

Semester 2

Studying Theatre 2 TP11320

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language Advanced SP19900

Semester 2

Spanish Language Advanced SP19930

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10700

Semester 2

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10740

Year 1 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take one of the following modules:

Semester 1

Making Theatre 1: Studio Project TP11120

Semester 2

Making Theatre 2: Site Project TP11420

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take SP10610 and must also choose an additional 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Hispanic Civilization SP10610

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must choose 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP20100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP20130

Year 2 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 40 credits and may take up to 80 credits of TP modules in their 2nd year:

Semester 1

Modern European Drama TP20320

Acting TP21220

Directing And Dramaturgy TP21820

Designing TP22620

Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance TP23220

Performance Writing TP32720

Semester 2

Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420

Contemporary European Theatre TP21020

New Media Performance TP33820

Production Project TP34940

Year 2 Options You must choose 30 credits of the following SP, EL or IC modules but note that you cannot take both EL20500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Romance Linguistics EL20220

Extended Essay Module EL20500

Language Of Business And Current Affairs 1 SP20310

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP25020

Semester 2

Extended Essay Module EL20510

Spanish American Cinema SP26120

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP27020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0060

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) Your compulsory year Abroad modules for Drama

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy DRS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy DRS0060

Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP30100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP30130

Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 20 credits from the following modules:

Semester 1

Contemporary British And Irish Drama TP30820

Place, Space And Landscape TP32820

Documentary Theatre TP33520

Semester 2

Theatre, Gender And Sexuality TP33120

Performance And Architecture TP33420

Performance, Politics And Protest TP35220

Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students may, subject to the demands of their other scheme, take their remaining credits from the following modules:

Semester 1

Playwriting TP34600

Ensemble Project TP35520

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35700

Independent Research Project TP36000

Semester 2

Applied Theatre Project TP34240

Playwriting TP34640

Solo Production Project TP35120

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35740

Independent Research Project TP36040

Final Year Options You must choose 30 credits of the following SP, EL, IC or IE modules but note that you cannot take both EL30500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Dissertation EL30100

Romance Linguistics EL30320

Extended Essay Module EL30500

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP35020

Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120

Semester 2

Dissertation EL30120

Extended Essay Module EL30510

Patagonia Gyfoes IE30420

Actualidades SP31410

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP37020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Employability

Career prospects

A language degree opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the European Languages Department is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

Many graduates of Drama and Theatre Studies have gone on to work as actors, performers, directors, and designers, either directly, through association with co-operative and professional companies, or after further postgraduate study. Many graduates have also found employment in a variety of different areas including teaching, administration, marketing, management, and public relations.

Transferable Skills

In addition to subject specific skills and knowledge, studying for a degree in Spanish 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

Year in Employment scheme (YES)

The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

Spanish is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre. In the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together.

Language classes aim to further your mastery of written and spoken Spanish in ways that are varied and interesting. Assignments consist of a variety of exercises (e.g. listening comprehension, essay-writing, translation, oral presentations) and you are also expected to complete computer-assisted language-learning exercises. You will have at least one class a week with a native speaker of Spanish, in addition to which there are other regular opportunities to use your Spanish, e.g. in debating classes. There are also regular screenings of Spanish-language films.

There is an attractive choice of modules which will enable you to expand your knowledge of the cultural and socio-political factors that have shaped Spain and Spanish America, and to refine your capacity to analyse them. Cultural modules such as Hispanic Civilization allow you to study the development of Spanish language and culture over time, while modules on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature from Spain and Spanish America will deepen your understanding of linguistic, cultural and political issues. In addition, you will be able to study transatlantic Spanish-language cinema and modern Spanish cinema in depth. There are also modules on current affairs which will allow you to explore topical issues in contemporary Spain in Spanish and to develop your linguistic skills while also honing your critical faculties.

Within the Erasmus framework we currently enjoy special links with the universities of Cádiz, Córdoba, Lleida, and Oviedo. Your year abroad, which forms your third year of study, may well be the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding feature of a degree in European Languages. Having to spend a year living independently in a foreign country gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers, as well as providing you with a memorable experience.

The Department believes in giving students a relatively free choice about the year abroad, although we do of course give you plenty of advice. Many students study at one or more universities. You can study at one university in the winter semester and spend the next semester in a country where your second language is spoken. Or, if you prefer, you can work as an English assistant in a school. Being an assistant has the important benefits of a regular salary every month and daily contact with a large number of people, which means many opportunities for communicating in the foreign language.

You could also choose to be in other employment, and a good proportion of our students use their own initiative to find themselves employment for a year. There are also various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad, e.g. Comenius or Leonardo. Full details will be made available to you in your second year. You can also choose a combination of these possibilities, for example studying for one semester and working for one; assistantships are also available for some countries for half-years.

In your first year of Drama and Theatre studies, you will take a number of introductory modules that develop your skills in making, thinking and studying, examining some key historical moments, practices and methods in order to answer the questions: ‘What is theatre?’, ‘What has theatre been?’ and ‘What could theatre be now and in the future?’

In the second year of Drama and Theatre Studies you will take a closer look at contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches, building your capacity as theatre-makers, thinkers and scholars. You can select from a series of modules which explore the development of modern European theatre, Shakespeare in contemporary performance, theatre and contemporary society as well as new media performance and performance writing. Furthermore a series of practical modules which explore acting, directing, devising and designing are also available, which you can also choose to develop through involvement in full-scale production work.

The third year offers you the opportunity to create independent creative work, undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study. You can select from modules that test and extend your skills in making group and solo production projects, support you in creating an Applied Theatre project, develop entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events or write your own playscript. Specialist optional modules in the third year enable you to engage with staff research specialisms in place, space and landscape, performance philosophy, performance and politics, theatre, gender and sexuality, documentary theatre and contemporary British drama. In the third year you have the opportunity to demonstrate your achievement as an emergent maker, thinker and researcher, preparing to enter the worlds of employment, entrepreneurship and postgraduate study.

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UCAS Code: RW44

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Tariff Required: 280 - 300

Entry Requirements: B in relevant A level Modern Language unless to be studied as a beginner GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 4 Years

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