Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will be studying at a top'ranking languages department with an outstanding research record. The school of Modern Languages offers excellent quality equipment and dedicated language learning facilities. You can choose from a wide range of exciting courses covering literature, film and cultural studies, visual arts, history and society. You will acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers. You will enjoy easy access to London's vast wealth of art resources, from small collections to national museums and libraries. You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have strong links with major universities in metropolitan France as well as Belgium, Switzerland and La Reunion.

Course Modules

French Year 1: perspectives on modern France (crisis, nation, identity); the visual image in French culture and society; heroes and anti'heroes in their social and cultural context; language, communication and society; landmarks (reading the classics of French literature). Year 2: cinema in France; writing romance and desire; French (the linguist's view); culture and ideology; stage and screen in France. Year 3: advanced French linguistics; Arthurian romance; gender and transgression in early'modern French literature; redefining the erotic in contemporary French literature and film; fictions of history (narrative, film and event in early modern France); image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (from cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); the libertines (narratives of experience in early modern France); the passion of place (desire and identity in modern Paris). Visual Arts Year 1: visual arts 1 (an introduction to visual media); a special theme in European culture: the city; the visual image in French culture and society; text and image in the Hispanic world; culture and identity in Latin America; re'mapping the Amexicano border in visual culture; Italian art (Giotto to Arte Povera). Year 2: visual arts 2 (genre and movements); the illustrated text in France; art and culture in renaissance Florence; renaissance transgressions; representations of childhood and youth in modern German culture; 20th'century Mexican visual arts and film; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: dissertation; from aestheticism to the avant'garde; text and image in France (cubism to the present); wanton women (artists and writers of the French avant'garde); Italian fashion and design; representations of slavery in French and francophone culture.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • Course specific
  • SQA Advanced Higher AB
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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84% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 83%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 92%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 53%

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

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

16% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 37%

Total Coursework: 34%

Total Practical: 28%

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

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