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School of The Arts

About the school

The School of Art 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.

Head of school

Andrew King

Dr Andrew King

Accreditations

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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Creative for a purpose

Introducing Creative Industries, our brand-new degrees for career-driven creatives.

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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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    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.