Arts, Media, Film and Music

Studying the Music pathway at Royal Holloway International Study Centre

Start your creative journey towards a global career.

The Arts, Media, Film and Music stream will prepare you for a wide range of progression degrees at Royal Holloway. From Classical Studies and Philosophy, to Drama, Media Studies, Music, Modern Languages and more, Royal Holloway is world-renowned for excellence across its arts-related departments.

What you will study

You will study English language modules as well as Arts, Media, Film and Music related topics.

Core modules:

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Pathway-specific modules:


A broad introduction to the study of Arts at university, focussing on the historical background and influences of the Arts on modern-day culture. You will explore a range of classical studies, which you will analyse through themes including ‘origins and transformations’, ‘origins of literature’ and ‘pre-colonialism’.

Film and Media Studies

You will be introduced to the key concepts of media activities and consider the role and impact of the media through a study of the news. You will also learn basic textual criticism theory and broaden your knowledge base. This will also contribute to your independent study skills in research, word processing, effective note taking and performance of practical tasks.



You will enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of communicating through music and taking part in making music. This will include appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development.You will broaden your knowledge base, deepening your understanding of topics studied and practising appropriate study skills, to include critical thinking and problem-solving.

Practical Music Performance*

You will need to prepare two (or more) contrasting pieces for a short acoustic performance lasting 10–15 minutes. The pieces will be chosen to show variety of style, technique, period and/or approach.

You must also submit a score or lead sheet/ detailed guide or recording of the original work with the recording of your performance. For students wishing to study the Music programme at the university, additional fees of approximately £300 per term will be charged for practical music lessons.

*Required for all Music students

Arts graduate careers include:

  • Marketing
  • Curator
  • Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Translating / Interpreting
  • Theatre Director
  • Politics
  • Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Lighting Technician
  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Lecturer
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Interactive Games Development
  • Film Production
  • Editor
  • Management
  • Business Consultancy
  • Media and Publishing
  • Banking
  • Civil Service
  • Composing