Department of Arts and Humanities
The Department of Arts and Humanities covers Drama, Music, English, and Creative Writing, running undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes that are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques.
Brunel English graduates are confident thinkers and communicators, at ease in the modern world. Brunel’s West London location is particularly ideal for making connections with publishing, media and creative industries, links to which are incorporated within parts of the final year programme.
The BA Creative Writing programme at Brunel University is one of the oldest-established in the UK; it is a vibrant academic discipline that specialises in contemporary literature and culture.
The Drama programme is designed for those aspiring to work in today’s vibrant and diverse theatre industry. The programme is highly practice focused and you will learn core skills in theatre-making while at the same time studying historical, theoretical and critical perspectives.
Music at Brunel University focuses on developing a rounded twenty-first century musicianship. Our programmes are centred on the music of our time, but are also informed by a broader understanding of the history and materials of western music and of other musical traditions.
Whichever programme in the Department you choose to attend, you will be taught by uniquely qualified teaching staff fully active in the related field.
Head of Department: Professor Thomas Betteridge
Professor Betteridge worked for ten years as a professional stage and production manager before entering academia. During this time he worked at a number of theatres including the Royal Court and the Old Vic. Since becoming an academic Professor Betteridge has worked at UEA, Kingston University and Oxford Brookes University. He has been awarded a number of research grants including one from the Wellcome Trust to work with Goat and Monkey Theatre company to stage an immersive drama at Hampton Court Palace entitled A Little Neck (2009). Professor Betteridge has also been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to stage a number of early modern plays including the first modern production of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of Three Estates at Linlithgow Palace (2013). He has published numerous articles and books including Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics and Religion in the work of Thomas More (2013).