Each year you will take two course units in each subject. Drama explores a wide range of dramatic and theatrical forms, conventions, periods, traditions and activities. You'll learn to communicate intellectual ideas through seminar presentations and creative performance work and how to work effectively in teams.
In the first year foundation course you only take four of the eight components including contemporary theatremaking and critical theories. In your second and your final years you study alongside single honours students, taking half the number of courses in drama.
The Creative Writing element is also designed to foster a three-year process of creative development and understanding. You will take two introductory course units in the first year and in the second year you can select two literary forms to specialise in, before taking one of those forms to honours level in the third year.
The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 12 course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory, while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and some choice. During your second and third years you accumulate the marks that make up your final degree award.
You will also take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.
Assessment methods are designed to match the course content. This will include examinations, essays, seminar presentations, practical assignments and portfolios of creative work. For drama course units you are often assessed as part of a group.