Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

The course is based around a flexible and progressive approach to building knowledge and understanding of film and television studies. We produce graduates who can confidently apply conceptual skills in the communication industries, the wider world of work and in further learning. You will have the opportunity to access key philosophical ideas and debates that will enhance all your studies. You will have the opportunity to work closely with internationally'recognised scholars, all leading experts in their fields. 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

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). Philosophy Year 1: introduction to ancient philosophy; introduction to modern philosophy; epistemology and metaphysics; introduction to aesthetics and morals; mind and consciousness; introduction to logic. Year 2: introduction to European philosophy 1 (from Kant to Hegel); mind and world; introduction to European philosophy 2 (the critique of idealism); philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; modern political thought; contemporary political theory. Year 3: modern European philosophy 1 (from Husserl to Heidegger); modern European philosophy 2 (poststructuralism and its critics); recovering reality; philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; literature and philosophy; key thinkers; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; issues in democratic theory.

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
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBCC
  • 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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93% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 84%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 84%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 68%

£19,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

22% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 10%

Total Coursework: 90%

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

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