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Drama and Music BA

UCAS code WW43
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3 years full time
Department Drama and Theatre »
Music »

 

This Joint Honours course combines the study of two major and complementary performing arts, Drama and Music, within 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).

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.

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.

Studying Music at Royal Holloway allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests and passions.

We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.

You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

  • You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
  • Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House.

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

All modules are optional

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

Music: Theory and Analysis

Music: Practical Musicianship

Music: Creative Composition Techniques

Music: Practical Composition Skills

Music: Very Short History of Music

Music: Introduction to Historical Musicology

Music: Introduction to World Music

Music: Contemporary Debates in Music

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Creative Ensemble Performance

Year 2

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Text 2
Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Ideas 2

Music: Studies in Music Analysis

Music: Studies in Composition

Music: Studies in Music History

Music: Studies in Ethnomusicology

Music: Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Music: Practical Performance

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Ensemble Performance

Music: Composition Portfolio

Music: Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Music: Choral Conducting

Music: Baroque Performance Practice

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Music: Introduction to Jazz

Music: Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Music: Orchestral Conducting

Music: Orchestral Performance

Music: Practical Ethics

Music: Wagner's Ring

Music: Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Music: Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music: Music in the City

Music: Music, Environment and Ecology

Music: Music, Power and Politics

Music: Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Music: Silent Film Performance

Music: Music and Gender

Music: Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Year 3

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

Music: Studies in Music Analysis

Music: Studies in Composition

Music: Studies in Music History

Music: Studies in Ethnomusicology

Music: Studies in Music, Media and Technology

Music: Practical Performance

Music: Solo Performance

Music: Ensemble Performance

Music: Composition Portfolio

Music: Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

Music: Choral Conducting

Music: Baroque Performance Practice

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Composing with Technology

Music: Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

Music: Introduction to Jazz

Music: Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America

Music: Orchestral Conducting

Music: Orchestral Performance

Music: Practical Ethics

Music: Wagner's Ring

Music: Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

Music: Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

Music: Music in the City

Music: Music, Environment and Ecology

Music: Music, Power and Politics

Music: Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

Music: Silent Film Performance

Music: Music and Gender

Music: Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

Music: Practical Performance 2

Music: Composing with Technology 2

Music: Special Study - Dissertation

Music: Special Study - Theory and Analysis

Music: Special Study - Performance

Music: Special Study - Composition

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.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminar/workshops, and for Drama, presentation of your research and practical experimentation, with or without written texts. For Music, you will also have voal.instrumental lessons. IT applications are used to explore many aspects of the subject, and we support your capability in this area through an Information Technology Skills course. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of musical and performance activities supported by the departments, including performances by orchestras, choirs and other ensembles.Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle.

You will also take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.

All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.

Assessment methods match the course content. For most Drama course units, you will be assessed on two pieces of work, one of which is usually an essay, while the other might be an assignment such as a seminar presentation or a performance. You will sometimes be assessed as part of a group, and a portfolio of practical work.

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

Required:

  • A Level Grade A Music or if Music A level is not taken, ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory at pass
  • At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English

Preferred:

Drama, Theatre Studies, English Literature, English Literature & Language

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including 6 at Higher Level Music with a minimum of 32 points overall. Music Theory If Higher Level Music is not taken we accept ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory at pass  
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject area, plus A Level Grade A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at pass
BTEC National Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject, plus A Level Grade A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at pass

BTEC National Extended Certificate

Distinction in relevant subject, plus A Level Grade A in Music and one further A Level Grade B, or two A Levels Grades B,B plus Grade 8 Music Theory at pass

Welsh Baccalaureate A non-subject specified A Level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers

AB including A in Music or pass Music Theory grade 8 plus Higher Level requirements

Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements
Irish Leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 at Higher Level, including H2 in Music at Higher Level, or pass Music Theory Grade 8
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in relevant subject. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if you've had a considerable break from education. Plus evidence of A Level standard Music proficiency grade B equivalent, or grade 8 Music Theory

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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 graduates go into a wide variety of careers, as well as further academic study. Many go into acting, stage management, broadcasting (including at the BBC), arts administration, journalism, teaching, health, marketing, and PR. Lots of our graduates also start their own performing arts companies.You'll be familiar and confident in performance situations – skills which are vital for leading meetings and make you viable for visible leadership roles. 

You'll also walk away with considerable experience of technical, intellectual, imaginative, and practical skills, valued by most employers. Aside from these performance skills, you'll also get skills in research and project management from the academic side of the course.  Find out more about what our graduates are doing now.

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***: Music - £50.

There are no single associated costs with studying Drama and Theatre Studies greater than £50 per item. It is a requirement to purchase a pair of safety boots in the first year, for which a range of cost options 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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