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School of The Arts

About the school

The School of The Arts at the University of Hull is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary, arts community which specialises in the creative industries, drama, film, game and graphic design, media, music and music production.

Our rich history spans over 50 years. Many leading industry practitioners studied here and the school's academics are all experts in their fields.

Our excellent facilities include state-of-the-art recording studios, the world-class Middleton Hall concert venue and media labs. We're also one of the few universities in the UK to have a fully working, professionally licensed theatre, The Gulbenkian Centre.

Accreditations

Athena Swan Bronze Award

Research in the School of The Arts

Research in the School of the Arts frequently works across many disciplines and within the context of our three research centres: The Centre for Applied Research in the Arts; The Centre for Performance, Technology, and Aesthetics; and the Centre for Textual and Cultural Analysis.

Our research addresses a range of areas including ecological and environmental arts; arts, health, and well-being; arts and education; practice as research in the arts; critical studies in technology; the processes of arts production; musicology (including score and performance analysis); historical and cultural approaches to performance texts; theatre and film scriptwriting; game design, game narrative and gaming applications; and transnational and transcultural analyses of performance.

Each research centre has a number of associated projects that showcase the work of each area. Recent projects include Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Connect Resound, Flight of the Monarchs, New Music Biennial, Risky Cities, STROKESTRA, Towards a Circular Plastics Economy, Czech and Slovak Scenography for Shakespeare, Prague Quadrennial and Weathered Estates.

Research strengths

Applied Research in the Arts

At the Centre for Applied Research in the Arts we take a productive, collaborative approach in conjunction with faculties and research institutes across the University.

Our project-based collaborations include those with the Energy and Environment Institute, Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, the School of Education, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Research projects explore the application of arts research methods and/or the creation of research-driven, arts-practice outputs that intersect directly with current social, environmental, economic or educational needs.

Key research areas include

  • Ecological and environmental arts

Including arts research methods and outputs that relate to issues such as global warming and climate change; plastics or other petrochemical pollution; patterns of natural (i.e. non-human) migration; and the sustainability of flora, fauna and particular global or local environments.

  • Arts, health and wellbeing

Including the intersections between arts research and creative outputs that have potential applied impact in relation to physical and mental health; levels of fitness and emotional wellbeing; social cohesion; work/life balance; the arts and mental, physical or intellectual resilience and/or mental and emotional transcendence.

  • Arts and education

Including projects that have a direct bearing on the ways in which current communities and cultures teach or learn; and the development of alternative pedagogies, or modes of engagement with education. These include enhanced uses of digital and distance learning and teaching; the uses of Forest Schools and environmental education; performance and/as pedagogy in school and university curricula; music in education; and theatre and drama in education.

School highlights

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Sweet melodies

Watch: With facilities and expertise to elevate your sound, the future of music is in your hands

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Plug in to a BA Game Design session

Watch: Learn from experts who've worked on BAFTA-winning games and led projects across Europe.

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James Graham

Hull University Drama alumnus and British playwright and screenwriter James Graham received an OBE in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list for services to drama and young people in British theatre. James is the recipient of many awards, including an Olivier Award for Labour of Love.

More than just a hall

Watch: We’ve invested £9.5 million into Middleton Hall, home to practice rooms, recording equipment, a 400-seater performance venue with surround sound and an ambisonic studio

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Some of the finest music facilities in the country

We’ve spent millions on our music facilities which are some of the best in the country.

From classical and popular performance facilities to cutting-edge recording studios our music facilities cater for a breadth of musical interests.

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High-quality theatre spaces

Hull Drama students enjoy unprecedented access to theatre-making facilities.

The Gulbenkian Centre is home to two main performance spaces, workshops and design studios and our newly-refurbished Middleton Hall offers high-quality spaces for rehearsal and public performances at the University.

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Curtain up

Watch: Join Pavel Drabek for a virtual Drama taster session

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James Rushworth – 'Intake' EP

Music graduate and current PhD student James Rushworth has secured a long-term role with cutting-edge dance music distribution company Label Worx following a successful internship. This invaluable industry experience has helped James to release his own original music.

His 'Intake' EP blends analogue electronic textures with traditional Chinese instrumentation

State-of-the art TV, film and digital media facilities

Film and Media Studies students at Hull have access to fantastic facilities on campus. We’ve invested £9.5 million in creating a world-class concert hall, cinema and theatre space, on top of our existing state-of-the-art TV, film and digital media facilities.

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Our people

The school is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the School of The Arts, arranged alphabetically by last name

PhD students

PhD students in the School of The Arts
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Nasser Alkorbi

Screen/Digital PhD

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Ahmad Alsolami

Screen/Digital PhD

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Mona Arslan

Screen/Digital PhD

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James Bagshaw

Music PhD

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Daniel Banks

Music PhD

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Michael Betteridge

Music PhD

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Anthony Boorer

Music PhD

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Alice Borrett

Music PhD

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Jack Bridges

Music PhD

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Brice Catherin

Music PhD

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Tony Chapman-Wilson

Drama PhD

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Alexander Clark

Music PhD

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George Cromack

Screen/Digital PhD

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Kira Curtis

Drama MA (by research)

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Ben Daddy

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Ellie Dabell

Music PhD

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Eva Danickova

Drama PhD

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Luke Dankoff

Drama MA (by research)

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Sadeen Elyas

Screen/Digital PhD

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Lyan Elyas

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Marta Espinosa

Screen/Digital PhD

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Lucy Fielding

Drama PhD

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Russell Gilbert

Drama PhD

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Edward Grimoldby

Drama PhD

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Jason Hayhurst

Screen/Digital PhD

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Joshua Hoggart

Music PhD

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Anousch Khorikian

Screen/Digital PhD

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Aziz Koroglu

Screen/Digital PhD

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Emma Laws

Music MA (by research)

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Ming Lei

Screen/Digital PhD

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Stephen Logan

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Yanyi Lu

Music PhD

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Lauren Maier

Screen/Digital PhD

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Eloise McCann

Music PhD

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Vivienne Neale

Screen/Digital PhD

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Jessica Norman

Screen/Digital PhD

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Lois O'Neal

Screen/Digital PhD

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Adaora Opene

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Alexander Platt

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Petru Radu

Music PhD

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Adam Railton

Drama PhD

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Jack Robson

Music PhD

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James Rushworth

Music PhD

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Joel Swaine

Music PhD

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Rae Todd

Music PhD

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David Tormeti

Screen/Digital PhD

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Andrew Townsend

Screen/Digital MA (by research)

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Mal Williamson

Screen/Digital PhD

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Xiangming Zhang

Music PhD

 
Gulbenkian Centre

Showstopping facilities

There is a real buzz of activity in the Gulbenkian Centre, a Grade II listed building featuring a theatre, radio studios and workshops - and in our flagship cultural venue, Middleton Hall - a world-class arts venue incorporating a 400-seat concert hall, industry standard recording and rehearsal spaces, and much more.