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Drama and Music BA

UCAS code WW43
Year of entry 2018
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

The core modules in Drama and Theatre are:

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.

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

The core modules in Drama and Theatre are:

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.

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

Optional modules in Music include:

Theory and Analysis

 

Practical Musicianship

 

Creative Composition Techniques

 

Practical Composition Skills

 

Very Short History of Music

 

Introduction to Historical Musicology

 

Introduction to World Music

 

Contemporary Debates in Music

 

Solo Performance

 

Creative Ensemble Performance

 

Year 2

Optional modules in Drama and Theatre include:

Theatre and Text 2

 

Theatre and Ideas 2

 

Optional modules in Music include:

Studies in Music Analysis

 

Studies in Composition

 

Studies in Music History

 

Studies in Ethnomusicology

 

Studies in Music, Media and Technology

 

Practical Performance

 

Solo Performance

 

Ensemble Performance

 

Composition Portfolio

 

Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

 

Choral Conducting

 

Baroque Performance Practice

 

Composing with Technology

 

Composing with Technology

 

Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

 

Introduction to Jazz

 

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

 

Orchestral Conducting

 

Orchestral Performance

 

Practical Ethics

 

Wagner's Ring

 

Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

 

Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

 

Music in the City

 

Music, Environment and Ecology

 

Music, Power and Politics

 

Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

 

Silent Film Performance

 

Music and Gender

 

Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

 

Year 3

Optional modules in Drama and Theatre include:

Methods and Processes

 

Culture and Creativity

 

Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century - Theatre, Film and Activism

 

Love, Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen

 

Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television

 

Shakespeare

 

National and Folk Dance at the Boundaries

 

Modern European Directors

 

Research Seminar - Naturalist Theatre and Its Audiences

 

Research Seminar - Black British Playwriting

 

Research Seminar - Theatre & Globalization

 

The Birth of Experimental Theatre

 

A Violent Act - Women, Performance and Historiography

 

Contemporary British Theatre - Politics and Philosophy

 

Spectacle and Politics in International Performance

 

Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television

 

Medicine and the Body in Performance

 

Final Year Project - Dissertation

 

Final Year Project - Group Performance

 

Final Year Project - Special Study

 

Optional modules in Music include:

Studies in Music Analysis

 

Studies in Composition

 

Studies in Music History

 

Studies in Ethnomusicology

 

Studies in Music, Media and Technology

 

Practical Performance

 

Solo Performance

 

Ensemble Performance

 

Composition Portfolio

 

Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band

 

Choral Conducting

 

Baroque Performance Practice

 

Composing with Technology

 

Composing with Technology

 

Sounds and Cultures in East Asia

 

Introduction to Jazz

 

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

 

Orchestral Conducting

 

Orchestral Performance

 

Practical Ethics

 

Wagner's Ring

 

Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image

 

Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe

 

Music in the City

 

Music, Environment and Ecology

 

Music, Power and Politics

 

Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze

 

Silent Film Performance

 

Music and Gender

 

Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics

 

Practical Performance 2

 

Composing with Technology 2

 

Special Study - Dissertation

 

Special Study - Theory and Analysis

 

Special Study - Performance

 

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.

Study time

Proportions of study time will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

You will spend 25% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 75% in guided independent study.

Year 2

You will spend 21.125% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 78.875% in guided independent study.

Year 3

You will spend 16.25% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 83.75% in guided independent study.

Assessment

Proportions of assessment types will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

Written exams account for 25% of the total assessment for this year of study, 9% will be assessed through practical exams, and 66% will be assessed through coursework.

Year 2

Written exams account for 13% of the total assessment for this year of study, 9% will be assessed through practical exams, and 78% will be assessed through coursework.

Year 3

Written exams account for 13% of the total assessment for this year of study, 20% will be assessed through practical exams, and 67% will be assessed through coursework.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB-ABB
How we assess your application:  predicted grades lower than our typical offers are considered.  Read more about what we look for here.

  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.
  • Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Required/preferred subjects

Required:

  • Grade A in Music A-Level or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass
  • Preferably Grade 7 ABRSM (or similar practical exam)
  • Five GCSEs graded A* - C or 9-4 including English and Maths
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,5,5 at Higher Level including 6 in Music at Higher Level or Grade 8 Music Theory with a minimum of 32 points overall plus Grade 7 practical.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction*,Distinction*, Distinction in a relevant subject, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency, Grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass plus preferably Grade 7 practical.

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 A,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

AAB-ABB with A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass.

Scottish Highers

AAABB with A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass.

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 24 level 3 credits at Distinction, and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education

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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 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*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year**: £17,500

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 about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates starting their degrees in 2018 is controlled by Government regulations, and details are not yet known. The UK Government has also announced that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.

**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our  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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