Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

You will study at a top'ranking languages 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 use our excellent language learning materials that include complex simulations designed to reflect real'life situations through extended role'play. 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. You will acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers. You will benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in a French'speaking environment. You 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 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 £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time With Time Abroad
BA £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 MDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 81%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

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

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
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