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Hispanic Studies and Drama

WR44 BA (Hons) 4 years

Overview

In the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS 2017) Iberian Studies (Including Hispanic Studies) at Queen Mary achieved 100% in Student Satisfaction, ranking us first in the UK. Drama was ranked second in London.

Studying Drama and a modern language gives you the opportunity to explore connections and interactions between cultural traditions. You divide your time equally between the two subjects, following modules designed to help you develop your linguistic skills and the key concepts and techniques required to study cultural practices and make performance.

You will engage with a variety of performance and cultural traditions that inform both contexts and investigate the parallels between the two. You normally spend your third year in a country where your chosen language is spoken. You can choose either to study or take up a work placement.

Why study Hispanic Studies and Drama at Queen Mary?

Drama at Queen Mary involves much more than the study of play texts performed in theatre buildings and the process of devising performance. We are interested in the many ways in which people perform 'themselves' and their cultures. Our work situates the production of plays, the design and building of theatres and the development of theories and techniques of acting in wider social and historical contexts. The degree asks you to analyse a wide range of theatre and performance practices including, for example, Renaissance drama, naturalism and contemporary performance art.

It also asks you to theorise other cultural practices, such as political protest, tourism and sport, as varieties of performance. These areas are explored through a combination of theory and practice and through considerations that are historical, aesthetic, social, political and ethical. We offer a good breadth of coverage as well as the opportunity to focus on contemporary performance practices, cultural politics and history, applied performance, London/space/city and international performance.

All our teaching is research-led, by staff members who are leaders in their field, this means you will learn from people who are involved in creating new work and adding to the sum of knowledge in this field, making for a truly inspiring study experience. Drama at Queen Mary also does extremely well in university rankings and student surveys. 

We have close links with London’s cultural institutions including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern, which means you will have the opportunity to work with theatre and other arts professionals as well as lecturers who are leaders in their field. Our teaching takes place in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Pinter Studio Theatre, and a suite of purpose-built rehearsal rooms. You have full access to these facilities, along with the necessary technical support.

Our location in east London is an important element in our work, and you are encouraged to see the site of your studies as being part of your exploration of your subject. Whether in groups, or individually, you are also encouraged to investigate the unknown and the unexpected, and we have developed modules that will invite you to consider drama and performance in a variety of settings, which might include schools, hospitals, prisons, art galleries or streets as well as theatres across the UK and internationally.

Hispanics Studies is taught in one of the leading language departments in the UK. This means that you will learn from people who are at the forefront of their field. Hispanic Studies covers both the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America and includes the study of SpanishPortuguese and Catalan

You will spend a year abroad in the third year of your degree. This gives you an exceptional opportunity to develop your language skills among native speakers. You have three main options for how to spend the year abroad: teaching English as a foreign language assistant; attending university abroad on an Erasmus exchange; or in the professional world, either on a work placement, with the School’s support, or independently, with the School’s approval.

We pride ourselves on the facilities we offer. Our computing services make us one of the best equipped languages departments in the UK. Advisers are on hand to help you take advantage of multilingual word-processing and to point you towards websites useful for language study. Our custom designed Language Centre provides state-of-the-art language teaching and learning facilities. We also subscribe to many foreign newspapers and journals.

The Library has extensive audio-visual facilities, a large collection of videos and DVDs and is equipped for viewing satellite TV. 

Structure

Year 1

From 2017 we are introducing the QMUL Model to all our degrees.  For further information on this initiative please contact the Undergraduate Programmes team sllf-ug@qmul.ac.uk

Drama compulsory modules:

  • Cultural Histories of Theatre
  • Performance Texts in Practice
  • Practices
  • London/Culture/Performance (QMUL Model Module)

Hispanic Studies core and compulsory modules:

  • Introductory Spanish* (for ab initio entry) / Spanish I* (for post A Level entry) / Spanish I N (for Heritage Speaker entry) (*QMUL Model Module)
  • Introduction to Hispanic Studies (QMUL Model Module)
  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages

 

Years 2

In Drama, you will take sixty credits including at least one of:

  • Cultural Politics and Performance
  • London/Archives/Resources
  • Group Practical Project 

Year 2

Hispanics core module

  • Spanish II
  • Key Concepts for the study of Latin American Cultural History (for ab initio entrants only)

Hispanic Options include:

  • Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
  • Catalan Cinema

Year 3

Year abroad: Written Assignment

Year 4

For Drama you will select at least one research project, from a list including:

  • Written Research Project
  • Practice-based Research Project
  • Performance Company Research Project
  • Film Studies Research Project

You will also take the compulsory, but non-assessed, module Livelihoods

Hispanics core module

  • Spanish III

Hispanic options include:

  • Advanced Oral Competence in Spanish
  • War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature
  • Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
  • The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath
  • Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Cuban Society through Film: post 1959 Revolution

For a complete list of modules please visit the directory of modules http://www.qmul.ac.uk/modules/

Use the following abbreviation in the Code search​

  • POR – Portuguese
  • CAT – Catalan
  • HSP – Hispanic Studies
  • DRA – Drama

QMUL will aim to deliver your programme so that it closely matches the way in which it has been described to you by QMUL in print, online, and/or in person. However, it is important to realise that in some circumstances, we may change aspects of your programme. See our full terms and conditions to read more: 

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/prospective/termsandconditions/

Entry requirements

General Admission Entry Requirements can be found below.

2018 Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one A-Level in an arts, humanities or social sciences subject, and at least one essay based subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include at least one arts, humanities or social sciences subject. This must also include at least one essay based subject at Higher Level.
BTEC See our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. This must include at least 6 Level 3 credits in arts or humanities modules at Distinction. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissions We consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
Drama teaching happens in small seminars, workshops, small lectures, field work, tutorials and some workshop activities outside Queen Mary (for example, in local schools). You will do group work and work independently. Theory and practice are integrated across the curriculum so that in seminars you will also do some practice-based learning and in workshops you will also discuss critical reading. As well as working with Drama staff, you will also have the opportunity to work with experts and theatre professionals from outside the College. You can expect to be in taught classes eight hours per week but also to do additional unsupervised practice in dedicated studio time four hours per week. You will sometimes dedicate additional time to preparing performance work and extra studio space is bookable for you to do this. You will also be responsible for preparing assigned reading, doing independent research and attending theatre and other cultural events across London as well as preparing work for assessment. Seminar groups generally take no more than 21 students and workshop groups are normally no larger than 15.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment:
Assessment includes written and practical assignments, which might include lecture-demonstrations, essays, critical reviews, funding applications and performances. As Drama frequently involves working with others, some assessment is based around group work. However, we always try to find means of assessment that suit the subject matter being studied. We offer a wide range of practical and seminar-based module options, as well as required core modules, including, in the final year, either a written research project or an independent practical project. Drama modules involve a high level of commitment to the collective work done in practical classes and with other students outside of usual working hours.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full-time £9,250

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full-time £14,500

You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.

Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.

For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.

See more general information about fees.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.

Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students

There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.

Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.

Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students

There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.

Find out more about international scholarships.

Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.

Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs

Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.

If you live in WalesScotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):

  • A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
  • A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
  • Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
  • You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.

Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:

  • How to apply for student finance
  • What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
  • What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
  • What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

  • Additional sources of funding
  • Planning your budget and cutting costs
  • Part-time and vacation work
  • Money for lone parents

For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Languages, Linguistics and Film go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as interpreting and teaching, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as marketing.

The broad range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:

Global Technical Support RepresentationBloomberg
Assistant Tour ManagerSony
Trainee ManagerMajestic Wine
Training Centre Co-ordinatorESI International
Fundraising AdministratorMildmay International
International Product AnalystMeta-Pack
Marketing ExecutiveMano
TutorFreelance
Graduate Account ExecutiveHall & Partners
Publishing AssistantMedikidz
JournalistSelf Employed
InterpreterSelf Employed
English as a Foreign Language TeacherBritish Council

Careers support

In today's competitive jobs market, employers expect graduates to have a range of skills and work experience. Being based in London is a distinct advantage, and at QMUL we have designed programmes of careers support to help you take advantage of our capital location.

Alongside your studies, you'll have opportunities to:

• attend networking or industry events

• apply for internships in your ideal area of work

• volunteer with local or national charities

• work part-time.

And there's plenty of day-to-day support too. Whether you need help with writing a CV, developing your interview skills or planning further study once you graduate, we have teams of advisers on hand to give you the advice and support you need.

Visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk  and www.qmsu.org/volunteering

Learning a language

Even if you're not studying a language as part of your degree, you can still develop these skills by signing up for a course in QMUL's Language Centre. Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese or Spanish.

Visit: http://sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-centre/language-learning/

 

Profiles

Student Profile: Zaki Shah (Graduated 2015)
Studied: BA English Literature

“I chose Queen Mary because it offered me the chance to study the sort of modules that I was really keen to do. I also knew past and current students who found their time at Queen Mary fun and rewarding. The area inevitably played a big role too – close to central London, and walking distance from areas like Brick Lane and Shoreditch".

“The teaching style here gives you lots of academic freedom, but there is always help available if you need it. The type of assessment on the course reflects this freedom too – it’s good to be able to go away and work on a big research essay or your dissertation, rather than always being at the mercy of exams like at school!"

“Last year I found myself doing a course called Art Histories all about the different museums and art galleries in London. I’d never have anticipated doing a module like that on an English degree, but it turned out to be one of my favourites and I learnt loads of new things".

“Outside of class, I am starting a student group for a charity organisation called Schtoom. The
Students’ Union have been really helpful in helping me to do this – it’s fantastic to have such a supportive team behind you.”

Student Profile: Ione Abbott (Graduated 2015)

Studied: BA French & Hispanic Studies

What did you choose Queen Mary?

London location, campus based study, very good facilities, high quality teaching and good international reputation

Why did you choose your course?

It was high on the league table for Hispanic Studies and had very good student satisfaction in the French Department. London is the perfect location for studying languages due to the diverse range of Hispanic and Francophone cultural events, as well as the fact that it is possible to access language learning resources at the University of London libraries.

What are the main differences between school/college and undergraduate study?

At university the amount of independent study is significantly higher than secondary school, meaning that the you must be dedicated to doing your own research and reading up on subjects outside of class.

Was it an easy transition to makes?

The transition was challenging especially when in the first year the workload was a big step up from A-Levels. However I spoke to my personal advisor for advice and support which was extremely helpful in making this transition.

Year Abroad

Where did you spend your Year Abroad?

Universidad de Salamanca, Spain

What support did you receive while abroad?

I received a very good level of support from QM whilst abroad. In fact whilst at university I had a problem with one of my courses, however I spoke with the Year Abroad coordinator at QM and she was able to sort out the issue quickly and efficiently. We also received very good advice from our lecturers at QM before the year abroad, regarding what to expectin terms of cultural difference at university etc.

What are the main differences you encountered?

Adapting to a different university system was challenging, however very rewarding as I had the chance to study new literature and linguistics from a different perspective

 

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