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 can choose from a wide range of exciting courses covering literature, film and cultural studies, visual arts, history and society. You will benefit from an immersive third year of study spent in an Italian'speaking environment. You can choose between studying at an Italian university, being a teaching assistant or going on a work placement. 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.

Course Modules

Italian Year 1: intensive Italian for beginners or advanced Italian; the heritage of Dante and the renaissance; building the Italian nation: heroes and anti'heroes from Pinocchio to the leopard; fascist Italy. Year 2: advanced Italian 2 or advanced Italian 2 for post beginners. Optional courses: Dante's comedy (themes and ideas); post'war Italian cinema; renaissance transgressions (Aretino, Cellini, Bruno); Italian crime fiction; Boccaccio'Decameron. Year 3: placement year. Year 4: advanced oral and communication skills; advanced Italian 3 (translation from and into Italian); essay in Italian; Dante (the divine comedy, Paradiso); of women, knights, weapons and loves: the Italian chivalric tradition; shooting history (dictatorship, terror and crime in Italian film); Italian fashion and design; link essays; approved topic; from aestheticism to the avant'garde. 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 34
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABB
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher

Key Course Information

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

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 73%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 80%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 58%

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

84% Go on to work and/or study

In work 57
Studying 23
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 9
Unknown 8

15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 23%

Total Coursework: 52%

Total Practical: 25%

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

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