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BAHistory of Art and Visual Culture & Comparative Literature and Culture

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This Joint Honours course enables you to study Comparative Literature and Culture and History of Art and Visual Culture in equal parts.

If you have a passion for the visual arts, History of Art and Visual Culture will give you the skills to read, interpret and analyse images and artefacts across cultures. You will benefit from the research expertise of staff in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, engaging in the key phases in the development of the history of art and visual culture of Europe and Latin America, equipping you with the skills You can take courses on key historical skills and take options that combine the study of art history with that of photography, film and other media, ranging from medieval times to contemporary visual culture.

- Make use of Royal Holloway’s exceptional collection of Victorian Art housed in the Founder’s Picture Gallery
- Choose options in Visual Culture from across the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Comparative Literature and Culture (CLC) offers you the opportunity to study global literature as well as to explore film, philosophy and visual arts. CLC combines a fascinating breadth of material with a focus on contexts – places, periods, and genres – to explore how key cultural shifts transform how we see, represent, and make sense of our changing world. CLC at Royal Holloway is a unique and intellectually stimulating degree which will develop you as a culturally-aware, creative and adaptable thinker.

We’ve developed this degree so that you can tailor it to suit your own evolving interests, choosing from our exceptionally wide range of fascinating options, ranging across continents and centuries, from antiquity to the present day, novels and poetry to philosophy, cinema and art. We will read, watch, and compare from Ancient Greece to contemporary New York, from Cuba to Korea, from epics to crime fiction, and from tragedy to the avant-garde. CLC enables you to study texts originally written in many languages, all translated into English.

Programme structure

Year 1

Visual Arts 1 – An Introduction to Visual Media
International Film 1 – Contexts and Practices
The Birth of Film
Reading Texts – Criticism for Comparative Literature
Tales of the City – Introduction to Thematic Analysis

Year 2

Visual Arts 2 – Genre and Movements
International Film 2 – Readings and Representations
Histories of Representation
Critical and Comparative Approaches
A Special Theme in the Novel – Transgessions
Gender and Clothing in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture
Deviance, Defiance and Disorder in Early Modern Spanish and French Literature

Year 3

Transnationalism, Diaspora and Globalisation in Contemporary Film
Visual Arts Dissertation
From Aestheticism to the Avant-Garde
The Gothic Mode in Spanish and English Fiction
Humans and Other Animals in Twenty-First Century Fiction and Thought

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.

Career opportunities

On completion of your History of Art and Visual Culture and Comparative Literature and Culture degree at Royal Holloway you will have proven analytical skills and be an adaptable thinker with impressive communication and leadership skills – all of which will appeal to future employers. Your degree will demonstrate that you understand other values and cultures, a quality that will equip you to operate successfully in a fast-changing and increasingly globalised and multi-cultural environment.

On graduation you will be ready to pursue a career in a wide range of areas including publishing, marketing, the media, arts administration, fashion, international management, the civil service, accountancy or teaching. Alternatively you may choose to continue your studies by means of a postgraduate degree.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States