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.


Athena Swan Bronze Award

Our courses

The School of The Arts is a vibrant hub for learning, teaching, research and the creation of artistic outputs - with an exciting range of performance and production opportunities for students, staff and high-profile visiting artists. In a truly collaborative environment, our students learn with and from those who influence their fields of study and research, as well as continuing to perform and practise their craft on a global stage.


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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.

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 research

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.

Awesome placement opportunities with Screen Yorkshire's Connected Campus to prepare you for a career in the film and TV industry
Get access to Middleton Hall, our multi-million pound, world-class arts venue, incorporating a 400-seat concert hall, industry standard recording and rehearsal spaces, and much more
Our thrilling arts programme is packed with lavish student productions and dazzling professional performances alike
With pioneering courses, cutting edge facilities and world-shaping research, we offer varied degree programmes incorporating theory and real-world practical experience