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Italian and Theatre Studies



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

By studying Italian and Theatre Studies at Warwick you’ll develop your Italian language skills alongside study of the culture, history and politics of one of Europe’s most ancient civilizations.

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You will benefit from Theatre and Performance Studies’ specialisms in historiography, national theatre cultures, and performance that intervenes in public
discourse, in city life and at the cutting-edge of technological change. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

This is a joint degree where Theatre Studies and Italian are equally weighted. Our course combines in-depth study of the Italian language and culture (including Italian theatre) with the opportunity to explore wider aspects of theatre and cultures.

Italian at Warwick gives you the opportunity to study the language, literature, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy. The degree is designed to develop high level skills in language, communication, critical thinking and analysis.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes

Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours

Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.

Italian Language modules are mostly assessed by 100% examination. Culture modules are either fully assessed by coursework or offer the option of 50% essay/50% exam.

The first year does not count towards the final mark. The intermediate and final year are equally weighted.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.

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A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
    • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
  • An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)
  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies
  • From Text to Performance
Year 2/3
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
Year 4
  • Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • Introducing Dante’s Hell
  • Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
  • Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
  • Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
  • Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
  • Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
  • Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
  • Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
  • Theatre in the Community
  • Writing for Performance
  • American Theatre
  • African Theatre
  • Pantomime
  • Performing Ethnicity
  • Mad, Bad and Sad: Madness and Cultural Representation
  • Tragedy in Performance: Contexts | Discourses | Dramaturgies
  • Performing Online
  • Theatre and National Identities
  • Theatre of the ‘New’ Europe
  • Food and Performance
  • Food and Performance
  • Performing Gender and Sexuality
  • Historiography
  • Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Approaches to Theatre

For further details about our Italian Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

The course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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