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BA in French / Drama and Theatre Studies (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Course Description

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. 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 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. 

  • s a student in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies you will be joining  vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide. The Drama and Theatre studies component of this degree is a challenging and creative one where you will be exposed to an unique combination of creative and critical approaches. We also offer various modules through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information.
  • In the Department of Modern Languages, you will have the opportunity to study French from beginners or advanced.
  • At beginners level, you will be required to have achieved a minimum C grade at GCSE level. During your first year, you will have timetabled intensive linguistic classes where you will concentrate on the following principles: listening, reading/writing, oral and translation. After the first year, you will join students who have started the course at advanced level.
  • If you're commencing the French component of this course at advanced level, this will be a continuation of your grammatical and linguistic development from A level (or equivalent) also in the following principles: listening, reading/writing, oral and translation.

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. 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...

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Course Content

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.

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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in French at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in French

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner) GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a...

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Assessment Methods

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