Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Location of Study
University of Warwick
By studying Italian and Theatre Studies at Warwick you'll develop an in-depth knowledge of Italian language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies through both practice and theory. Italian may be studied ab initio.
This degree allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge of Italian language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies through both practice and theory. You benefit from the full range of expertise on offer in both departments, including cultural and historical modules in the School of Modern Languages, and specialisms in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies including theatre in the African context, contemporary European theatre, applied theatre and playwriting. You’ll normally 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.
How will I learn?
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 and analysing materials set for study, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.
Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.
Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually spend your year abroad doing one of three things:
- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
- Studying full-time at a partner university in Italy
- On a work placement
Most students going to Italy opt for an exchange at a partner university. Some are successful in obtaining a (highly competitive) language assistantship. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
General entry requirements
- ABB to include a modern or classical language
- 34 to include 5 in a modern or classical language
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside an A level in a modern or classical language
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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.
Modern Italian Language for Beginners
Would you like the challenge of learning a new language at university? This foundation module for absolute beginners combines the acquisition of core language skills with knowledge of broader aspects of Italian culture, equipping you with the tools to engage with a wide range of relevant, contemporary topics in Italian. Opportunities to practise your Italian vary from role play to quizzes, working both individually and in your group. Successful completion will mean you are able to hold a conversation in Italian, read newspapers and get the gist of TV and radio programmes in Italian.
Modern Italian Language 1 (Intermediate)
Do you need to consolidate and expand your competence in Italian while enjoying talking about culture and society? If so, this is the module for you. You’ll be given opportunities to revise fundamental grammar and vocabulary before acquiring more complex grammatical constructions, including through translation. We will integrate cultural topics with your linguistic studies, so you have the chance to explore areas such as tourism, the arts, the environment and Italian traditions. You will have opportunities for individual and group presentations and to engage in activities that integrate the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. By the end of your course, you’ll be expected to be able to write competently in several registers, using appropriate styles and terminology, and to converse in Italian to a good standard.
Modern Italian Language 1 (Advanced)
Would you like to use your Italian A level (or equivalent) language skills creatively? This module will develop your linguistic and intercultural competence in Italian by means of advanced activities, including creative writing, translation, debates, presentations and drama. You will explore linguistic structures using resources in a variety of media and engage with authentic and sophisticated texts to compare cultural systems and express your opinion critically and creatively. In translation, you will experiment with different genres, registers and styles to enhance your cultural appreciation of Italian. Finally, you will have opportunities to explore cultural subjects and lead group discussions.
An Italian Cultural Module
The History of Modern Italy
You will chart the course of cultural, political and social change in Italy over the 20th century, studying key moments in its history, including the rise of fascism, the economic boom of the mid-20th century, and political extremism of the 1970s, through to contemporary issues such as immigration and recent economic and political crises. You will study these events through the lens of literary and cinematic works and gain an understanding of how they have contributed to the nature and identity of contemporary Italy, in order to prepare you for your year abroad. You will also build your competence in textual analysis, independent research and essay-writing.
Introduction to Italian Culture
How should we ‘read’ a literary or visual text? What are the considerations of form, audience and context that enable us to make sense of a cultural product? In what ways should a performance be understood differently from something fixed on the page? You will address these questions by considering four representative avenues of expression in Italian culture, namely cinema, short stories, lyric poetry and theatre-writing. You will refine your skills of analysis and have the opportunity to sample different periods of Italian culture, from the Renaissance through to intellectuals such as Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, representative of the Romantic tradition. You will end your course equipped with the appropriate technical vocabulary to discuss different art forms fluently and in an informed manner.
Theatre Studies modules:
Theatre and Performance in Context
This module introduces key concepts in theatre and performance studies, uncovering what theatre and performance can tell us about our cultures, societies and identities. These understandings are applied to case studies from around the world, which include ‘canonical’ events and alternative practices, both from within theatres and beyond them. The module hones your academic writing, research and presentation skills, which will serve you throughout your degree.
From Text to Performance
Through practical exploration of a number of selected plays and texts, in this module you will investigate the process of taking material from page to stage or performance, and the relationship between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment practically with realising multiple texts in performance, considering aspects such as staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies, dramaturgical thinking and directorial conceptualization, as well as the changing role and function of the audience.
Modern Italian Language 2
This module will extend and refine your competence in Italian. With an emphasis on the key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, you will consolidate your proficiency in both new and familiar grammatical and linguistic structures, and expand the range and sophistication of your vocabulary and use of register in spoken and written discourse. In addition to classroom exercises, advanced discursive written work and oral projects, you will also be directed to appropriate activities for self-study.
Modern Italian Language 3
On this module, you will develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills to advanced level. You will engage in translation as a practical skill, working to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts with a focus on conveying nuances of meaning and culturally specific terms. You will develop greater fluency in different writing styles and genres. Oral sessions will increase your familiarity with more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian and raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society so that you can discuss aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.
Modern Italian Language 4
Building on Intermediate year language, you will deepen your writing, speaking and translation skills, paying particular attention to register and style and learning some of the underpinning translation theory. We approach translation not just as a linguistic exercise but as a practical skill, so you will work to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts, and explore techniques for conveying semantic nuances, culturally specific terms and more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian. Both the writing and oral components of the course will raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society and enable you to discuss relevant aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experience.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- See the optional modules for BA Italian Studies
- See the optional modules for BA Theatre and Performance Studies
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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Graduates from Modern Language courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- British Airways
- Civil Service
- Grayce Consulting
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ipsos Mori
- NBC Universal
- Save the Children International
- The Department for International Trade
They have pursued careers such as:
- Business and financial project management professionals
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Financial accounts managers
- Human resources and industrial relations officers
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Public services associate professionals
- Teachers and other educational professionals
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
- Careers in the Public Sector
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
- Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
- Languages Alumni Evening
"Friendly and easy to talk to"
"The department is incredible, they’re always on hand to help me whether it was with my year abroad queries or just general language-related issues. The best thing about them is that they’re really friendly and easy to talk to."
BA Modern Languages
"My favourite module that I've studies so far is one called Transnational Stories in Italy ... It focuses on Italy in the present day - also what does it really mean to be Italian these days - viewed through the lens of contemporary literature."
Italian Studies BA
Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?
"I started quite early on with Italian, it was something that I'd carried on through my school life, and something that I just wanted to pursue my interest in, and Warwick offered the choice for me to pursue that at degree level."
How did you find the transition from A level to University?
"The transition from a level to degree level for me wasn't such a big jump because I did have such, such a solid foundation of base of knowledge. And when you do come in to study in a language degree level, the first year is based on ability, so the classes are split from beginner level, intermediate to an advanced level, so you’re never put in to a point where you feel you're out of your depth."
What has been your favourite module so far?
"My favourite model that I've studied so far is one called 'Trans National Stories in Italy'. It was, sort of, fits again with my biases about what I was interested in, sort of in contemporary history rather than a sort of very deep, deep historical perspective that sort of focuses on Italy and the present day. Also, what does it really mean to be Italian these days, viewed through a lens of contemporary literature."
Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?
"They're not really distinct really in my mind, and I've think in Warwick’s mind as well, because when you learn the language, of course, you can just learn the verb endings the grammar, but when you learn a culture of a language as well, it helps, it helps you with sort of intricate details that you wouldn't already be aware of."
What modules can you choose?
"At Warwick there is such a wealth of different options available, which does sort of allow you to sort of pursue your own interests as well. Obviously, when you're in your first year, there is a required sort of base level of knowledge. So there will be some compulsory modules, but you're more than allowed to indulge your own interests."
Where did you go for your year abroad?
"So for my year abroad, I went to Pisa in western Tuscany, sort of where the Tower is, that’s how I always describe it to people, but there was so much more there for me because Warwick has so many links with many different universities in Italy. There was there was a choice of at least about 20 universities, I think it was, when we came to choose our destinations and there's so much information available about them all, you get to speak to students who've been away previously and that was how it was it was actually sold to me initially."
What are your plans after University?
"So after university, I've sort of been I've been interested in quite a few different industries. I've got some work experience in finance coming up soon. I've been applying for things that marketing internships and grad schemes because their language degree that they're fairly in demand just because of the transferability of the skills that you gain on them."
What advice would you give to someone looking at studying languages?
"Learning the language is such a, it's such a valuable experience, It's because everybody says, “I wish I could speak a language”, but if you do a language, you can, indeed you gain, you gain so much world experience; you get to live abroad, you get to indulge yourself in a lot of cultural experiences that you wouldn't normally do. There are so you can so many strings to your bow that you can have, having studied a language - just life-skills wise, as well as language-skills wise."
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further."
Theatre and Performance Studies BA
Hi I'm Miles, I'm a second year Theatre and Performance student here at the University of Warwick.
What fascinates you about Theatre Studies?
"I've always really been interested in theatre, but much more the performance side of things? It was only when I reached A level that I saw how important the academic and theoretical side of it was, and having studied here for a while now, it really has opened my eyes just how important theatre is."
Why did you choose to study at Warwick?
"I think what first attracted me to study here at Warwick was not necessarily just the range of stuff that’s taught in the department, but also the range of extracurricular activities going on, in terms of the societies and all the clubs you can get involved with, and it really helped me see how you can get a perfect balance between the academic and recreational side of life."
What modules have you enjoyed?
"The module that has most interested me has been the Theatre in the Community module, which I’ve studied this year. This is a module that culminates in a trip to a prison, where we do a workshop with some inmates, and it really helps us understand how practical methods that we use every day as Theatre students can benefit those who don’t come into contact with Theatre as much. Next year I’ll be able to take part in my own dissertation which can either be practical or theoretical. This is one of the really good things about the department, that you can choose to do a theoretical dissertation or a practical one, which really helps you harness the skills that you’ve honed over the past two years."
How do you find the teaching?
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further. There’s a really nice mix between more practical workshops and seminars and lectures, which is really shown in the variety of modules themselves, which I think is a really great way of having to understand Theatre further. They are also more than willing to discuss with you and develop your own idea which I think is a really great way to develop independent learning."
How supported do you feel?
"I feel really supported by the department. There’s both a mentor and tutor system which is initiated in year one, which means you not only have a member of staff as somebody who you can go to if you have any personal issues, but also a student in the year above. Which I think is a really, really useful to have."
What are the facilities like in your department?
"Facilities are absolutely fantastic. We’ve got a number of studios which we can use and access regularly, which have their own fully functioning lighting and sound systems. There’s the opportunity for two studio shows each term, which means that students get to put on their own shows in the Arts Centre which is a fantastic opportunity to have."
What is the value of societies?
"Particularly as a theatre student, the role of societies is incredibly important because it allows you to do your own sort of, recreational exploration of Theatre, as well as the academic side, and it’s also a great way to meet and socialise with people from across all years. The ones I’m particularly involved in are WUDS, which is the Warwick University Drama Society, and ShakeSoc which is a specific society that’s dedicated just to looking at the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, which is a fantastic opportunity to have, especially because we’re so close with the RSC, and we get to go out and watch some of their shows, which is absolutely brilliant. The Warwick University Drama Society is also fantastic, they deal with much more – a much wider variety of published plays, and that’s sort of our main drama society."
What has been your favourite memory?
"My favourite memory so far from my course has to have been when I got the opportunity to perform in the Arts Centre. The opportunity to perform in such a fantastic venue is just something that I think I’ll remember forever."
How has your course excited you for life after your studies?
"There’s such a vast array of things that I’ve learned here as part of the Theatre and Performance Studies course, it’s shown that there’s just such a vast array of opportunities to get involved with Theatre aside from just the performance side, so, marketing, or even the theoretical or historical side to Theatre and Performance."
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