Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The course units are taught by nationally and internationally known scholars who are specialists in their fields. You will gain a solid knowledge of the whole range of English literature from its beginnings to its latest developments, ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Conrad, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie. You will learn about the history and style of film and television, including Hollywood, British, European and global cinemas as well as international television and experimental film and video art You will have the opportunity to study unusual, non'traditional subjects such as the body in the 18th century, time in modern literature and adaptations of Shakespeare, and the contemporary culture of celebrity We produce graduates who can confidently apply conceptual skills in the communication industries, the wider world of work and in further learning. In addition to Media Arts staff, teaching draws on the expertise of film specialists in Royal Holloway's renowned School of Modern Languages.

Course Modules

English Year 1: introduction to medieval literature; Shakespeare; inventing the novel; introducing English poetry. Year 2: renaissance literature; Victorian literature; romanticisms; debates in contemporary and literary theory; modernism; medieval drama; medieval dream and vision; intensive Shakespeare (comedy, history, tragedy); drama and witchcraft 1576'1642; theatre and the city 1590'1625; early modern bodies; paradise in early modern literature; gender and writing in the 18th century; fictions of sensation; aspects of Forster; creative writing structure and style; literature of the fin de si'cle; Tolkien's roots; dark reform (scandal and satire in American arts). Year 3 options: rewriting mythologies in 20th century literature ; violence, sex and magic in medieval literature; the girl in the book; contemporary fiction; African American literature; poetic practice; literature of Chicago; James Joyce (revolutions of the word); special author; dissertation; reading Beowulf; advanced Shakespeare (the problem plays); literatures of genocide and mass atrocity; Shakespeare adaptation (from the 17th'20th centuries); rites of passage; Odysseus' scar (time in modern literature and film); art of noise; a year in the life of Victorian fiction (1855); lives of writing; pastoral; visual and verbal in the long 19th century; the great American novella; creative writing special focus. Film Studies Year 1: film and television history; introduction to critical theory and textual analysis; reading European film 1; the birth of European film; introduction to narrative; production workshop. Year 2: women's cinema; documentary; psychoanalysis; inter'war modern European cinema; media and history (holocaust); film theory (Hitchcock and point of view); European modernism and avant'garde film; Hollywood star performances; TV genre; modern European cinema; post classical Hollywood; video art; TV identity; the culture of celebrity; contemporary Chinese cinema; beyond Bollywood; cinema in France (modernism to postmodernism); postwar Italian cinema; history and politics reflected in German cinema 1930s'1990s; constructing identity in modern Spanish film; contemporary Spanish film; reading European film 2. Year 3: modern European cinema; avenues and alleyways (representations of the city); TV fictions; self'representation; dissertation; research project; the gothic, gender and sexuality; television histories; film aesthetics; material procedures (paradigms/parameters 1960 ' 1980); world cinema; contemporary British cinema; fascism/mafia fiction/film; contemporary Mexican cinema; German cinema (from the post'war era to the present); critical problems in modernisms and modernity; cinephilia (from 1915 to the present).

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:

  • GCE A-level ABB-AAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • Course specific
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

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90% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 85%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 86%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

88% Go on to work and/or study

In work 56
Studying 28
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 7
Unknown 6

23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 50%

Total Coursework: 50%

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

£4,200 - £5,000
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