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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music, Theatre and Performance

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: WW3K

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Music in Practice 1

    This module introduces you to a wide range of concepts in music theory. It covers different types of notation, harmony and counterpoint in order to equip you with the fundamental tools to understand and practise music throughout your degree programme, and beyond.

  • Music in Practice 2

    This module continues to teach you how to analyse music across a wide range of styles and genres. The focus on analysis will provide you with the tools to capture observations, and various means of expressing such observations, that will be instrumental in subsequent years of study.

  • Approaches to Theatre 1

    Looking at plays from different periods and historic cultures, you will explore theatre in discussions and performance workshops. This module will also introduce you to two modes of assessment: essay and presentation.

  • Music and Theatre Technical Skills 1

  • Music and Theatre Technical Skills 2

  • Dramaturgy and Performance

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Optional modules

  • 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.

  • Production Practitioner 2

    You will further develop your technical production skills by forming production teams which simulate professional working practice. You'll typically find yourself in roles which focus on design and management (technical managers/designers, wardrobe supervisor/designer, stage manager, production manager, public relations and box office management).

  • Key Elements of Scenography

  • 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.

  • Radio Drama

  • Directing

  • Playwriting

  • Staging Musical Theatre

  • The Materials of Composition

    Develop your own compositional approach. This module introduces you to key techniques for manipulating pitch, rhythm and timbre via the study of melody, harmonies, consonance, dissonance, clusters, pulses, meters, rhythms, form, structure, and instrumental effects.

  • Electronic Composition

    This module focuses on the creation of live popular and experimental electronic and electroacoustic music and builds upon skills gained in the Creative Music Skills I/II, Electronic Composition strand. You'll be introduced to the advanced techniques involved in producing pieces in a stereo context.

  • Game Audio

    Explore aspects of sound design for games and discover some of the creative, technical and aesthetic challenges faced by sound designers working in this field. Develop insights into commercial industry practice and acquire vocational skills as you work with interactive audio and game middleware.

  • Rock and Popular Musicology

    In the first half of this module, you will explore current trends in popular musicology, including semiotics, gender, race, protest, poetics, the canon and theories of influence. In the second, you'll study some techniques of contemporary rock journalism.

  • Film Music

    You will learn to think about, analyse and discuss how music shapes films and television shows. You do not need to have any knowledge of music to study this module as it focuses on the interpretation and effects of music in cinematic and televisual contexts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Performing Democracy

  • Really Serious Theory

  • Audio-Visual Composition

    Create original audio-visual films - exploring the manipulation and generation of visual media, including animation, and effects processing. Develop your compositional skills and experiment with direct audio-visual mapping as you acquire industry relevant skills and the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

  • Songwriting

    This practical module will hone your skills as a songwriter. You'll be expected to write one song per week to a given brief, and then produce an EP of original material. Peer critique is encouraged, and no genre is excluded.

  • Studio Techniques

    This practical module introduces you to the facilities within our Salmon Grove Studios. Through a series of workshops and demonstrations, you'll learn how to use industry-standard hardware and software in order to create high-quality multi-track recordings.

  • Jazz Studies

    In this module, you will study the history of jazz, from its beginnings to the present day, alongside exploring how the music works. You'll also explore a range of different approaches to studying jazz from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Style Studies in Music II

  • Psychology of Music Performance

    This module will enable you to explore music performance from a psychological point of view. You'll investigate strategies for sight-reading, practising and memorising music, ways to cope with performance anxiety, techniques for solo and ensemble playing, ways to express music in sound and through the body as well as consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

  • Free Elective

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.

  • Specialist Project

  • Disability Culture and Performance

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Frivolity

  • Russian Theatre from Gogol to 1940

  • Composing for Film

    Discover the creative and technical challenges of commercial film scoring from a practical perspective as you explore a variety of film-scoring approaches, tools and industry conventions. Gain an understanding of the dramatic and narrative functionality of film music as you explore the story-telling power of music - with reference to historical context.

  • Session Musician Performance

    Experience the range of professional scenarios encountered by session musicians, and so prepare yourself for a career in this area by adapting your existing performance skills specifically for use in the recording studio environment.

  • Studio Techniques and Production

  • Shakespeare Music

    You will gain stylistic and historical insights into a variety of musical works in western cultures inspired by the plays of Shakespeare from the 17th to the 20th centuries. You'll develop an understanding of musical representations of literary sources by examining musical compositions which employ Shakespeare’s works as the basis for their compositional idea or content.

  • Global Pop

    Encounter the music traditions of Africa, Brazil, Cuba and India through performance and composition, and explore the influence they exert on today's popular music around the world.

  • Music, Politics and Contemporary Thought

    You will be introduced to a range of critical, theoretical and analytical approaches in musicology. You'll cover topics including musical analysis, new and critical musicology, gender studies, music historiography, the sociology of music and music philosophy.

  • Advanced Interactive Technologies

  • Acoustics and Studio Design

    This module is divided into two parts: studio design and an understanding of acoustics. You'll study the theoretical and practical application of acoustic formuli, speech perception, the fundamentals of music, and research method and design. The first assignment involves the design of a studio, and the second is a presentation on an agreed topic.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Lighting for the Stage

  • 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.

  • Acting in the Stanislavskian Tradition

  • Contemporary British Drama

  • Composing for Spaces and Places

    You will focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. You develop your compositional skills by introducing them to a number of creative interpretations of specific spaces and places, including open-form works, promenade performances, landscape composition, sound installation, and collaborative contexts such as dance or theatre.

  • Live Sound

    You will get theoretical and hands-on instruction in using live sound equipment. At the end of the module, you'll have produced a technical rider for a show and completed a soundcheck for a band's performance.

  • Music Industry Studies

    You will engage practically with a range of roles in the contemporary music industry, whilst learning about the theory and history that underpin this rapidly-evolving professional environment.

  • Individual Project

  • Free Elective

“Music at Hull stood out from other universities, I liked that you can pick modules from the first year.”

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More about this course

Unleash your creativity on this distinctive, hands-on programme. You’ll explore music and theatre through workshops, masterclasses, concerts, shows and productions, led by specialist staff and practitioners of international expertise. This degree gives you countless opportunities to improve your practical skills in drama and music to a professional standard in our state-of-the-art facilities including 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. This complements our existing facilities, such as the unique Gulbenkian Centre.

After the success of Hull's year as the UK City of Culture 2017, there could hardly be a better place to study music and theatre. On this programme, you quickly learn the skills that will keep you up to date with these fast-paced industries and with the ongoing shifts in music theatre culture and practice. You’ll develop an awareness of how to present yourself in the best light, the ability to move beyond boundaries and to experiment with different ideas, and to work confidently in music and theatre research.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

25%

75%

Second year

22%

78%

Final year

24%

76%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

4%

36%

60%

Second year

47%

53%

Final year

62%

38%

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Our music studios and recording equipment rival the best in the industry, including one of the finest ambisonic studios in the UK.

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Thanks to a £9.5 million investment, our Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue boasting a superb 400-seater concert hall.

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

Discover your strengths and passions in lighting, costume design, set design, stage management, acting and directing.

Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 
  • Applicants should have an A level in Music or Music Technology at Grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 music qualification
  • Applicants’ instrumental or vocal performance skills should be at a minimum of Grade 6 level. Musicians who can demonstrate performance at this level but who have not taken practical examinations are also encouraged to apply.

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points including 5 at HL Music
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

The University of Hull offers music scholarships on the following instruments:

  • Harp Scholarship (1 award of £1,000 per year)
  • Organ Scholarship (1 award available from September 2019 of £2,000 per year)
  • Robert Marchant String Scholarship (4 awards, restricted to violin, viola, cello and double bass players only - £250 per year)
  • Ouseley Choral Scholarship (1 award, restricted to male vocalists - £150 per year)

To find out more, see our terms and conditions, and download an application form

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

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

Hull music graduates take up a wide variety of careers, among them freelance performing, conducting, orchestral playing, orchestral management, working for the BBC, music librarianship, publishing, retailing, lecturing, classroom and instrumental teaching, music therapy, cathedral music and instrument making. They are also welcomed by employers in such non-musical fields as the Civil Service, accountancy, insurance and computing.

Our graduates' success rate in finding suitable employment is very high, and prospects are higher still for those with the skills to work in the fast-paced theatre industry. Previous students have headlined some of the most prestigious stages in the world, such as the Royal Opera House, those of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Others have established independent theatre companies, often using final-year production modules as a launch pad to success.

Your search for employment is greatly enhanced by our excellent Careers Service – one of the few that places no time limit on its services. It provides skills workshops, practice interviews, practice ability tests and extensive, up-to-date information, both during your degree and upon graduation.