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Classical Studies and Drama

BA
  • UCAS code QW84
  • Option 3 years full time
  • Year of entry 2019

The course

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.

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.

  • Optional language modules in Greek or Latin.
  • Analyse the cultural, social and political contexts of the ancient world.
  • Gain insight into the theatre industry as well as theory.
  • Learn about theatre history and politics.
  • Go beyond drama with dance, physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.
95%

overall student satisfaction in Classics

Source: NSS, 2017

3rd

in the UK for satisfaction with Classics teaching

Source: Guardian University Guide, 2018

90%

of our Drama, Theatre and Dance graduates are employed or go onto further study within six months of graduating.

Source: DLHE, 2017

5th

in the UK for Performing Arts

Source: QS World University Rankings 2018

14th

in the world for Performing Arts

Source: QS World University Rankings 2018

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