Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This is an innovative, flexible and sophisticated degree from the University of London, internationally recognized for academic excellence. You will study at a top'ranking department with an outstanding research record. You will be based in our award'winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus. You will explore world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad, critical and cross'cultural perspective. You will develop your passion for culture, your global awareness, and your own critical perspectives. You will expand your cultural horizons, and develop skills of comparative analysis which can be applied to countless other areas. We offer an exceptional range of core courses and options, taught by leading specialists. You will enjoy easy access to London's vast wealth of film and visual arts resources, from small collections to national museums, libraries and film institutes. The course does not require knowledge of any language other than English. Everything is available in English, although those with foreign language skills can study the original versions.

Course Modules

Comparative Literature and Culture Year 1: reading European film 1; introduction to comparative textual analysis; a special theme in European culture: the city; introduction to literary genre (tragedy). Year 2: histories of representation; critical and comparative approaches. Optional courses: reading European film 2; a special theme in the novel (transgressions); introduction to 19th' and 20th'century European poetry; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: from aestheticism to the avant'garde; the gothic mode in Spanish and English fiction; trends in contemporary theory; fantasy in medieval and early'modern Europe; transnational cinema; range of optional units. Visual Cultures Year 1: visual arts 1 (artists and their material); international film 1 (contexts and practices); birth of film; 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); international film 2 (readings and representations); cinema in France (from modernism to the postmodern); the illustrated text in France; post'war Italian cinema; art and culture in renaissance Florence; renaissance transgressions; representations of childhood and youth in modern German culture; constructing identity in contemporary Spanish film; 20th'century Mexican visual arts and film; gender and clothing in 20th'century literature and culture. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: transnationalism, diaspora and globalisation in contemporary film; visual arts dissertation; from aestheticism to the avant'garde; image, identity and consumer culture in post'war fiction and film; text and image in France (cubism to the present); ethics and violence (murder, suicide and genocide in literature and film); wanton women (artists and writers of the French avant'garde); blindness and vision in French culture; shooting history (dictatorship, terror and crime in Italian fiction); Italian fashion and design; dream factories (recent German film).

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

Qualifications required:

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

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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

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 33%

Total Coursework: 58%

Total Practical: 9%

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

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