drama

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama and English

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QW34

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Approaches to Theatre

  • Dramaturgy and Performance

  • Practical Specialisms

  • Travels in Text and Time

    Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this modules introduces you to key English writers and works, from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, and the late medieval play, Everyman, to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Breaking down barriers between medieval and Renaissance literature, it groups texts according to theme and explores how these themes develop in plays and poems written centuries apart.

  • Literature Lab

    In this practical module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as academic skills. In a relaxed workshop environment, you'll practise close reading (poetry, fiction, drama), while also developing your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

Optional modules

  • Approaches to Poetry

    This module introduces you to different forms of poetry from the Renaissance to the present day, via a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars.

  • Drama and Performance

    You'll be introduced to a range of plays, ancient and modern, each of which is a theatrical and cultural landmark, often a provocative one. The selected plays helped shape not only theatrical practice but also our understanding of what it is to be human, both now and in the past.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

You'll take two core modules in Drama

  • Theatre Practice 1

    Working with a staff project leader, you'll develop your theatre-making skills through research and planning activities, devising exercises and practical workshops, all related to a specific performance project.

  • Theatre Practice 2

    You will work with other students to create a performance based on the skills developed during Theatre Practice 1. You'll engage in a combination of staff-led and student-led workshops and rehearsals, leading to a practical performance outcome.

In English, you'll choose one of the following core modules

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    This module returns Shakespeare to the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th- and early 17th-century London, where we encounter him as one among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. It introduces groundbreaking plays of exceptional emotional reach and imaginative daring, written in a range of popular genres, during a golden age of English theatre.

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

  • British and American Modernism

    'Make it new' (Ezra Pound): explore a diverse, fascinating and radical period in English and American Literature, considering authors on both sides of the Atlantic who were committed to revolutionary change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, F Scott Fitzgerald, Katherine Mansfield and Hilda Doolittle.

Optional modules

  • Medieval Theatre

    Investigating a range of genres - mystery plays, miracle plays, saints’ plays, moralities, farces, interludes, fools’ plays and other festive dramas - you will explore the inventiveness of the medieval dramatic medium in terms of ideas, language, characterisation and staging.

  • Intercultural Shakespeares

    You will study recent film adaptations and appropriations of key Shakespeare plays produced and set in India, China, Japan and North America. You'll look at issues of intercultural adaptation, and consider what new insights can be brought to the performance and reimagination of Shakespeare's works by actors, directors and other creative practitoners in a variety of contemporary global contexts.

  • Free Elective

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about, and evaluate, the courtly medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. Our guides for this are Sir Thomas Malory's Arthurian epic Morte Darthur and Geoffrey Chaucer's less respectful The Canterbury Tales.

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    You'll study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s, learning how English writers, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Sidney, Spenser and Donne, responded to and developed formal and thematic conventions from earlier European poetic traditions.

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    You will study Romanticism, a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. You'll be introduced to the different genres of Romantic poetry, while at the same time learning about the political and philosophical background from which the poetry emerged.

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    This module examines shorter narratives of the Victorian period written by some of the most influential authors of the 19th century, and addresses key issues of the period relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    You'll examine cultural encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representation, including art and film.

  • The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Develop insights into the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

  • War, Writing and Remembrance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th-Century US Counterculture

    You'll study the literature of US counterculture, centred around the social upheavals of the late 20th century. You'll read authors who cast off expectations of class, race, gender and literary form. And you'll explore the ways that they rebelled against their society through writing.

  • American Gothic

    You will immerse yourself in the darker side of American literature, examining the presence of a Gothic sensibility from the fiery preaching of the early Puritans to contemporary horror novels. You'll study a wide range of both popular and literary fiction, exploring the terrors of haunted houses, alien monstrosities and insane protagonists in the specific American contexts in which they were produced.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • Making Performance 1

    Working in student-directed 'companies', you'll carry out independent research and dramaturgical development that works towards the performance of an original production in the following trimester. You'll be allocated a designated production role and work as part of a team in the development of your specialism, as well as the initial stages of the production as a whole.

  • Making Performance 2

    Working in student-directed 'companies', you'll continue to work in your designated production area towards the performance realisation of the concept developed during trimester one. Your production work will be staged as a public event as part of the annual 'Making Performance' season on campus.

  • Specialist Project/Dissertation

  • Mad, Bad and Dangerous Theatres

    Examining classic controversial plays and celebrated dramas about transgressors in their specific historical, cultural and social contexts, you'll examine theatre which has striven to speak truth to power (and often provoked violent responses).

  • Beckett in Performance

    You'll undertake close readings of Beckett's plays as texts for performance and as texts which challenge traditional staging conventions. You will also examine Beckett's stagecraft, including the role of the actor and director, his use of media (radio, film and television) and the strategic use of stage space. You'll also be asked to respond practically through an assessed performance project in which your creative role can be negotiated with the tutor.

  • Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    This module explores the vibrant drama of late medieval England, focusing on the street plays performed in cities like York and Chester, on morality plays performed indoors before paying audiences, and on political plays performed in the households of royalty and nobility. Alongside study in seminars of the text of each play, you'll have the opportunity to reimagine these plays in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and play archives, to bring late medieval drama to life.

  • Contemporary Fiction

    You will discover and analyse an exciting range of recently-published novels, considering their relationship with culture, society, history and politics. You'll discuss issues such as the challenge to realism; narrative invention and innovation; internationalism and globalisation; and the connection between literatures of the past and present.

  • Gothic

    You will analyse the Gothic from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film, focusing on the genre's convergence with contemporaneous social and cultural preoccupations.

  • Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Our subject is unruliness: how it was defined, represented, attacked and, on occasion, defiantly celebrated in later 16th- and early 17th-century English literature. The focus is on writing which was regarded with suspicion by the authorities, treats controversial issues of the day (such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft) and incorporates socially marginal figures whose irreducible and unruly humanity challenges us to reflect on their marginalisation and on those who are similarly marginalised in our times.

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

    You will study how English writers from the Renaissance period (1579 to 1645), both male and female, canonical and more obscure, deliberately fashion themselves as ‘authors’, in relation to previous writers and works from both Classical and Early Modern European literary traditions. The module will introduce you to important techniques such as imitation and translation, and will provide an overview of significant European writers and sources, before focusing on the following English authors: Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Lady Mary Sidney Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Carey, Ben Jonson, Beaumont and Fletcher, and John Milton.

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in the Literature of 17th-century England

    You will explore the literature of the mid-17th century in the context of the century's revolutionary turns and counter-turns: civil war, regicide, the establishment of a republic, favouring puritanism, and the Restoration of the monarchy. Amongst the writers studied will be John Milton, Andrew Marvell and the Restoration playwrights, George Etherege and Aphra Behn.

  • Shakespearean Transformations

    You will explore how Shakespeare borrowed and adapted plays - now anonymous - which had entered the dramatic tradition. You will consider Shakespeare's plays, from all genres, in the light of theories of adaptation, imitation, conversion and originality.

  • Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore the development of new forms of writing which focus on the ‘darker’ alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the ‘New Woman’; the Homosexual Man, the Foreigner, and the Poor, in the context of Degeneration theory.

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

    You will explore the relationship between literature and the visual arts from the Renaissance to the present. You'll examine a wide range of literary texts alongside paintings, works of art criticism, and recent critical and theoretical writings.

  • Childhood Trauma and its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Explore ways in which contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. You'll discuss a range of characters with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of early bereavement or mistreatment in the domestic sphere, in conjunction with psychological and medical studies of child development.

  • Post-9/11 Literature of the US

    Explore how literature responded to and made sense of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001. You will look at how writers experiment with literary form and represent marginalised voices to raise questions about who gets to tell the story of 9/11 and its aftermath.

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More about this course

Hull has an established reputation in both Drama and English. We have pioneered Drama for more than 50 years, and our graduates regularly go on to notable careers in theatre, TV and film. With Philip Larkin, Winifred Holtby and Andrew Marvell among the notable figures who have left their literary mark on the city, you don’t have to look far for inspiration to fire your imagination. From the start of your degree, you’ll be engaging with dramatic texts, theatre history, modes of criticism, and a wide range of performance practices. Alongside studying core modules, there are a diverse range of optional modules allowing you to tailor the degree to your career ambitions.

Your studies will be enhanced by excellent facilities at the University, which regularly attracts internationally renowned visiting authors. The Gulbenkian Centre is a hub of activity for Drama students. A Grade ll listed building, it features a theatre, studios and workshop spaces. This is your home when studying drama at Hull. Working collaboratively with staff throughout your course, the aim is for you to take over this space, with students ultimately becoming responsible for every element of a production process. You'll also enjoy our new facilities – like Middleton Hall, where we've invested £9.5 million to create a world-class concert venue, music theatre and cinema, with industry-standard recording facilities. 

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

18%

82%

Second year

21%

79%

Final year

20%

80%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

35%

65%

Second year

6%

31%

63%

Final year

6%

26%

68%

Our teaching staff

Ranked first for overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, with a perfect 100% rating.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, now a world-class cultural venue after a £9.5 million investment, and the Gulbenkian Centre.

Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Strong links with local and regional organisations including Hull Truck Theatre, Opera North, New Diorama and Out of Joint.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

 

Future Prospects

Almost three-quarters of our students go on to work in the creative industries after graduation, some headlining the most prestigious theatres and theatre companies in world, including the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

Our graduates also work for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky. while others have established independent theatre companies, often using the opportunities offered by final year production modules as a launching platform.

Some of our graduates go on to further study and professional training. Recent graduates have been offered places at drama schools, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Bristol Old Vic, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Others have gone on to do MA programmes in subjects as diverse as Text into Performance, Documentary Television, and Arts Journalism, while others have chosen PGCE and applied drama courses.