Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

A balance of practice and research provides students with the best foundations for a career in the media or communications industry. Study in a leading Media department, rated joint 6th in the UK for its research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Work with internationally recognised experts in the fields of European and World cinema, practitioners from all areas of the media industry and technical staff with substantial industry experience. Benefit from industry standard facilities, including a large television studio, production control room, Final Cut Pro and Avid editing suites accessible 24'hours a day, a sound studio and two media labs. Many graduates go on to thriving careers in the media industry, including working in film production, commercials, music videos and in editorial careers. Films by alumni have won prizes at international film festivals and have been shown on the BBC Film Network.

Course Modules

Year 1: film and television history; introduction to critical theory and textual analysis; media practice. Year 2: women's cinema; documentary; psychoanalysis and cinema; inter'war modern European cinema; film theory (Hitchcock and point of view); European modernism and avant'garde film; Hollywood star performances; TV genre; modern European cinema; post classical Hollywood; cultures of celebrity; contemporary Chinese cinema; beyond Bollywood; directing screen fiction; screen documentary; screen writing; producing film and TV; moving pictures; transmedia; contemporary media art; creative sound design. Year 3: modern European cinema; avenues and alleyways; TV fiction; self'representation; dissertation; research project; television histories; film aesthetics; material procedures (mediating British modernism 1914 ' 1945); contemporary British cinema; critical problems in modernisms and modernity; cinephilia (from 1915 to the present); melodrama; transnational cinemas: issues and identities.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBCC
  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • European Baccalaureate 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 62%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 87%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 79%

£17,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 65
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
Unknown 15

25% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 100%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation