Arts and Social Sciences

Study Arts, Media Film and Music International Foundation Year at Royal Holloway International Study Centre

Start your journey towards a global career.

The Arts and Social Sciences pathway will prepare you for a wide range of progression degrees at Royal Holloway. ‭Our unique combination of ‭creative arts and humanities disciplines, along ‭with a wealth of rich academic resources, research expertise, cultural opportunities ‭and links with related companies ‭provides a dynamic platform for ‭developing your talents.

Be inspired, independent and imaginative ‭in our vibrant intellectual environment. 

What you will study

You will study English language modules as well as arts and humanities 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.


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’.


You will be introduced to a range of issues which affect contemporary society, and study the research methods relevant to sociological investigations. You will also study the way societies develop, their structure and the way in which they function, including aspects such as family, education, work and crime, and issues in which social divisions are prominent; poverty, health, race and gender.


Pathway-specific modules:

You will be asked to select one of the following modules. In some cases you will be required to choose the most appropriate module in relation to your chosen degree, this will be discussed upon arrival in centre.

Film and Media

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 by studying the theoretical and practical aspects of film production. 


You will enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of communicating through 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.


An introduction to International Relations theory, you will look at a range of issues that affect contemporary politics and develop an understanding of the principles of the legal system within England and Wales. 

Topics include: Introduction to Global Politics; Historical Context of Global Politics; The Global Economy; States and Foreign Policy and UK Government and Politics.


You will learn about the historical development of psychology as well as key areas of contemporary research, including cognitive, biological, developmental and social psychology. You will also study the methods of psychological research and will be required to evaluate the scientific status of issues associated with research involving humans and animals. 


Arts and Social Sciences graduate careers include:

  • Marketing
  • Curator
  • Librarian
  • Researcher
  • Translator / Interpretor
  • Theatre Director
  • Politician
  • Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Lighting Technician
  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Broadcast Presenter
  • Lecturer
  • Law professional
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Interactive Games Developer
  • Film Producer
  • Editor
  • Management
  • Business Consultant
  • Publisher
  • Banking
  • Civil Service
  • Composer