Creative for a purpose

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

Creativity lives and breathes at the University of Hull. Always has done, always will. It’s central to what universities do. But at Hull, we’re building something that goes far beyond our four walls.

A revolutionary arts education. Where you’re free to explore creative solutions to the challenges our industry faces in a post-COVID world.

A technical and practical arts education. To equip you with the talent and business know-how to excel in a wider range of careers.

An arts education for all. No matter who you are, where you come from or where you’re going, you too can do what you love – and turn it into a career.

The future of music

We’re helping to develop and nurture the future of music here at Hull – here’s why we think you should be a part of it, and what our students think.

The big arts boom

It’s no secret that the global pandemic has taken its toll on the arts. But here’s the good news: its future is full of hope.

From drive-in operas to doorstop drama, outdoor cinemas to online concerts, the creative industries have never been so vibrant, inventive and inspiring.

Some, like streaming TV and virtual reality, have thrived. While others, against all odds, are still creating, still adapting, still surviving – waiting for the curtain to come up again.

And as the crowds gather and the demand for life’s luxuries grows, so too does the demand for creative graduates.

Now more than ever, the world is looking to people like you: creators, curators, performers and producers.

People who can help write the script of an exciting new chapter, and lead the future of the creative industries.

Want to play your part? Read on to find out how.

Drama Production Philomela part of an International Research Conference
Music Film and Screen Digital Design Ashvita Sudhakar UNI-1198

Think this isn't for you? Think again.

We believe in arts for all. Whether you’re a virtuoso-in-the-making, or you want to delve deeper into a subject that’s always fascinated you.

Remember, these aren’t just dream degrees for dream careers. They’re very real and reachable options. And they come with very real opportunities and career prospects.

Be more employable

With a degree in Creative Industries at Hull, you’ll emerge as a confident professional with an enviable portfolio, ready for a career in leadership within the arts.

You’ll gain a strong grounding in business and digital know-how, including leadership, marketing, presenting, event planning and project management.

And you’ll explore critical issues in the arts like health and well-being, and entrepreneurship.

Fact: 10% of all UK jobs are creative

Wait, there’s more.

Did you know the creative industries contribute £100bn a year to the UK economy?¹

Or that they employ over 2 million people across the country?¹

Or that 75% of those 2 million jobs are based outside London?¹

Or that the sector is predicted to grow by another 1 million jobs by 2030?¹

You do now.

  • £111bn contributed to the UK economy in 2018
  • 5x bigger growth than the UK economy as a whole
  • 1 in 8 UK businesses are in the creative industries
  • 2 million jobs
  • 75% of jobs are outside London
  • 10% of all UK jobs are in the creative industries
Connor J Phelan - BA Creative Music Technology
Connor Phelan, Music

Do what you love

On top of all that, you’ll push your creative and practical skills in your chosen specialism.

That could mean performing in our world-class concert venue.

Or mixing your own tracks in industry-standard recording studios. (And that means using pro-tools and Solid State Logic consoles like Duality, AWS948 and AWS924.)

Or working in creative design teams on projects that resemble real-world experiences of working in the creative industries.

Work with like-minded creatives

When you join Hull, you join a creative community of performers, producers, composers, designers, storytellers, film-makers and writers.

And you’ll often get the chance to collaborate and co-produce with them. Either with students on your Creative Industries course, or students from other creative and digital degrees including:

Real projects, real performances, real audiences

You get to put your skills to the test in the real world. Co-producing, auditioning, shadowing, coaching, negotiating and more with the likes of:

  • Hull Truck
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • BBC Introducing
  • Solid State Logic
  • Screen Yorkshire
  • Absolutely Cultured
  • Opera North
  • Freedom Festival

And in your final year, you’ll complete a major project alongside others from across the arts, as a springboard into your future career.

Plus, you could even secure one of our work placement opportunities with an organisation we work with.

Sesh at Welcome Fest 2020
Sesh at Welcome Fest, 2020

State of the arts

Middleton Hall is our world-class concert venue. Inside, you’ll find industry-standard recording studios equipped with Solid State Logic consoles and PMC monitors.

Plus, surround sound audio visual studios, rehearsal spaces, and a 3D sound (ambisonic) studio. It also houses the region’s best digital cinema.

Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have exclusive access to our media labs. Home to the latest digital media software and hardware used in the industry today.

Then there’s our Grade II-listed Gulbenkian Centre: a purpose-built working theatre complete with studios and workshops.

Middleton Hall
Music Duality Studio
Drama Production Philomela gulbenkian theatre