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French/Music (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2022

About this program

French/Music (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and Music is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining French and Music you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.  

France is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. French is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

We offer French for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to French history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

Home to the arts, Cardiff is a great location for the study of music in the UK. The city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, our students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.

You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

BBB-BBC. Must include grade B in Music. If you have grade B in French at A-level you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Core modules

  • National and Global Perspectives on France

Optional modules

  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Composition 1A
  • Elements of Tonal Music 1
  • The Full Works
  • From Page to Stage: Dramaturgy in Musical Theatre
  • Composition 1B
  • Elements of Tonal Music 2
  • Ethnomusicology 1: Music in Human Life
  • Rewinding Pop
  • Practical Musicianship 1
  • Repertoire Studies
  • Practical Portfolio I

Year two

Core modules

  • Cultures in Context (French)

Optional modules

  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Opera Worlds
  • The Business of Music 1
  • Composition 2A
  • Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Orchestration
  • Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830
  • Reading Film Sound
  • Tonal Common Practice: Styles and Techniques
  • Music Sounded Out
  • Studio Techniques 1: Midi and Synthesisers
  • Formal Functions in the Classical Tradition
  • Composition 2B
  • The Business of Music 2
  • Analysing 20th Century Music
  • Practical Portfolio 2
  • Practical Musicianship 2

Year three: Sandwich year

Optional modules

  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)

Year four

Core modules

  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language

Optional modules

  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Slavery, Abolitionism and the Black Atlantic: A Transnational Perspective
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)
  • France and Africa: Power, Scandal, Genocide
  • Women in 19th Century Music
  • Challenging Tradition: Counterpoint from Bartok to Bartsch
  • Ensemble
  • Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk Recording
  • Nineteenth Century Italian Opera
  • Jazz, Culture and Politics
  • Practical Portfolio 3
  • Practical Musicianship 3
  • Dissertation
  • Composition 3
  • Recital
  • Project in Music Analysis
  • Project in Ethnomusicology

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students

  • Year one £9,000
  • Year two £9,000
  • Year three £9,000
  • Year four £9,00

Tuition fees for International Students

  • Year one £19,450
  • Year two £19,450
  • Year three £19,450
  • Year four £19,450

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • Musical creativity and imagination;
  • Key compositional techniques and skills.
  • Notate ideas effectively and correctly.
  • Knowledge of composers, their musical languages, techniques and styles.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of France and French speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and French.
  • Critical reading, independent research, and writing skills.
  • Skills in literary analysis, interpretative reading, and written expression.
  • Analytical skills and developing instinct towards independent and informed, researched interpretation.
  • Notate musical ideas correctly and effectively.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
  • Use of a range of instruments and their technical capabilities.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Career paths

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

School of Music

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The skills developed within a music degree help our students to progress to a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the music profession.

Employability skills are embedded in modules at the School of Music so that you will learn both music-specific and academic skills that are transferable to other domains, especially the workplace. Our second-year modules on the Business of Music are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and provide an opportunity to undertake a short placement in a music-related or arts-related area.

Our annual series of talks on Careers in Music offer a great chance to meet professionals active in a range of fields such as performance, music education, music journalism, arts and artist management, production and licensing, and composing for media.

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