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Classical Studies and Drama BA

UCAS code QW84
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 3 years full time
Department Classics »
Drama and Theatre »

Taught by a variety of internationally recognised experts, the course combines study of the ancient world with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of and skills in drama.

If you are captivated by classical literature and philosophy and are keen to understand more about ancient history and classical archaeology, Classical Studies is ideal.

Classical Studies offers a great deal of choice in subjects related to the ancient world, immersing you in lots of aspects of ancient Greece and Rome – its literature, history, philosophy and archaeology – even its languages; Greek and Latin can be studied at whatever level you’re at and for one, two or three years.

As a student of Classical Studies you will be part of our Classics Department, where the quality of research that informs our teaching and a friendly, individual approach which shapes the way we guide our students combine to create an unbeaten academic experience.

  • The Department of Classics is a centre for excellence in both teaching and research, 98% of our research is recognized as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognized (REF 2014).
  • A thriving Classics Society contributes to the friendly and sociable atmosphere of the Classics department.

Choosing to study Drama at Royal Holloway will put you at the centre of one of the largest and most influential Drama and Theatre departments in the world. You'll create performances, analyse texts, and bring a range of critical ideas to bear on both.  On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. By moving between the two, you'll find your place as an informed theatre-maker, and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity (rated 14th in the world, and 6th in the UK, for Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

Core modules

Year 1

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Performance Making

You will encounter a range of creative methods for work-shopping practice, and produce a 20-minute performance as a response to one company.

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Culture

This module looks at the ways in which theatre reflects, intervenes and questions the culture around it. It will expand your horizons and introduce you to a range of unfamiliar practices.

Year 2

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Performance Making 2

You will choose an option that enables you to focus on a particular creative skill, such as acting for camera, dance, playwriting, physical theatre, site-based performance or scenography.

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Culture 2

You will choose an option that enables you to consider the ways in which theatre and culture reflect and resist each other within a particular context, including feminism, popular theatre, theatre for young audiences, dancing bodies and global culture.

Year 3

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Literature

Classical Studies: Roman Literature of the Republic

Classical Studies: Roman Literature of the Empire

Classical Studies: Individual and Community

Classical Studies: Greek History and the City State

Classical Studies: Key Themes in Roman History

Classical Studies: Introduction to Greek Archaeology

Classical Studies: Introduction to Roman Aracheology

Classical Studies: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Year 2

Classical Studies: The Built Environment in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Pompeii and Herculaneum 

Classical Studies: Gender in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Greek History to 322 BC

Classical Studies: Greek Law and Lawcourts

Classical Studies: Augustus to Propaganda and Power

Classical Studies: The Roman Republic - A Social and Economic History

Classical Studies: The Rise of the Roman Empire - An Economic and Social History

Classical Studies: Homer (in Translation)

Classical Studies: Virgil (in Translation)

Classical Studies: Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Art and Power in Augustan Rome

Classical Studies: Virgil’s Aeneid - The Empire in the Literary Imagination

Classical Studies: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 1

Classical Studies: Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture

Classical Studies: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

Classical Studies: The Roman Empire from Augustus to Commodus

Classical Studies: The Later Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Hellenistic Epic - Apollonius of Rhodes

Classical Studies: Imperial Greek Poetry - Epic and Epigram

Classical Studies: Greek Historiography

Classical Studies: Latin Love Elegy

Classical Studies: Catullus and Horace

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

Year 3

Classical Studies: Greek Erotic Poetry (in Greek)

Classical Studies: Hadrian's Wall

Classical Studies: Archaeology of Athens and Attica

Classical Studies: Gender in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Alexander the Great

Classical Studies: Greek Law and Lawcourts

Classical Studies: The Roman Army

Classical Studies: The City From Augustus to Charlemagne

Classical Studies: Religion and the Ancient Greeks

Classical Studies: Greek Lyric, Eros and Social Order

Classical Studies: Nature and the Supernatural in Latin Literature

Classical Studies: Studying Ancient Myth

Classical Studies: Adventures in Greek Theatre with Iphigenia

Classical Studies: Ancient Greek Emotions

Classical Studies: Tacitus - The Making of History

Classical Studies: The Philosophy of Aristotle

Classical Studies: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 2

Classical Studies: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy 2

Classical Studies: Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics

Classical Studies: Philosophy Under the Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Further Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture

Classical Studies: The Later Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Christians and Pagans from Constantine to Augustine, AD 306 to 430

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Greek Historiography

Classical Studies: Latin Love Elegy

Classical Studies: Catullus and Horace

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

Drama and Theatre: Methods and Processes
Drama and Theatre: Culture and Creativity
Drama and Theatre: Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century - Theatre, Film and Activism
Drama and Theatre: Love, Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen
Drama and Theatre: Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television
Drama and Theatre: Shakespeare
Drama and Theatre: National and Folk Dance at the Boundaries
Drama and Theatre: Modern European Directors
Drama and Theatre: Research Seminar - Naturalist Theatre and Its Audiences
Drama and Theatre: Research Seminar - Black British Playwriting
Drama and Theatre: Research Seminar - Theatre & Globalization
Drama and Theatre: The Birth of Experimental Theatre
Drama and Theatre: A Violent Act - Women, Performance and Historiography
Drama and Theatre: Contemporary British Theatre - Politics and Philosophy
Drama and Theatre: Spectacle and Politics in International Performance
Drama and Theatre: Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television
Drama and Theatre: Medicine and the Body in Performance
Drama and Theatre: Final Year Project - Dissertation
Drama and Theatre: Final Year Project - Group Performance
Drama and Theatre: Final Year Project - Special Study

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 12 course units at the rate of four per year. Some course units are compulsory, while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and some choice. During your second and third years you accumulate the marks that make up your final degree award.

Teaching methods are designed to match the course content. In classics, you will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, depending on the subjects studied. Outside classes, you will undertake group projects and wide-ranging but guided independent study, including completing language exercises and reading prescribed and open material. For drama course units, the most important teaching tool is the seminar/workshop, a two to three hour class of a maximum of 20 students consisting of discussion, presentation of your research and practical experimentation, with or without written texts.  Practical assignments include model box set designs, lighting designs, acting, directing and stage management tasks, physical theatre and movement presentations, or work with schools and other community groups.

In your final year the Classics department provides ongoing support for your dissertation work, which usually includes:

  • Lectures and practical sessions on Dissertation Research Methods e.g. planning your topics, carrying out research, using specialist resources, finding information in print and online, and managing your search results and references. These sessions are run in conjunction with the Library Service and are generally also open to second year students.
  • Short departmental writing ‘surgeries’, in which academic staff offer general writing support if you are experiencing problems and/or if you have specific queries.

Assessment takes place by a combination of written assignments, seminar presentations and end of year examinations. Drama course units may also contain assessed performances and practical assignments, such as model box set designs, lighting designs, acting, directing and stage management tasks, physical theatre and movement presentations, or work with schools and other community groups.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB 

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic
  •  achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Preferred subjects: any Arts or Humanities A levels

At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English. 

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including an essay-based subject with a minimum of 32 points overall 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject area 
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus an A2 grade B 
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction in a relevant subject plus A2 grades B, B 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers

AB plus Higher Level requirements.

Scottish Highers

AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit.

Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here 

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.

Studying Classics involves analysing the cultural, social and political context of the ancient world.  By choosing to study this intellectually demanding discipline you will develop a broad range of skills which are highly prized by employers, including:

  • the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently
  • the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise content
  • time management and the discipline to meet deadlines
  • organisation and research skills
  • problem-solving skills and capability

Being able to understand and process complex issues, to critically evaluate resources and construct coherent arguments both verbally and in writing is why many Royal Holloway classicists become employed in law, marketing, publishing, the media, government and finance.

Classical Studies and Drama graduates have also pursued careers in acting, writing, broadcasting, literary agency, arts management, sound design and community theatre work.  Employers like, BBC, Channel 4, multinational law firm SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), accountancy firm KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces have all recently recruited Royal Holloway alumni from the Department of Classics. 

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course. Students stuying Drama, Theatre and Dance are required to purchase a pair of safety boots in the first year, for which a range of costs are available. Ticket costs for mandatory theatre trips are capped at £10.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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