Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama and Theatre Practice

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W400

What you'll study

The programme combines theory – taught through lectures, seminars and interactive learning – with practice, which focuses on creative performance and production skills. You'll be assessed through essays, portfolios, dissertations and presentations, as well as on your solo and ensemble performances. You'll take part in at least one major performance project.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dramaturgy and Performance 1

    Develop practical and theoretical skills in theatre making. You'll work with your peers to create short devised performances, responding to plays from classical, Renaissance and contemporary theatre.

  • Dramaturgy and Performance 2

    You will extend your understanding of performance, developing practical and critical skills and focusing on collaborative practice which will culminate in a performance outcome.

  • Practical Specialisms 1

    You will develop competency in a range of specialist areas of theatre production. You'll explore safe working practices and technical possibilities to enable you to undertake practical performance in our performance spaces.

  • Practical Specialisms 2

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in two of the following areas of technical specialism: lighting, sound, stage management, design/scenic construction, wardrobe, and theatre/performance technologies.

  • 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.

  • Approaches to Theatre 2

    This module loosely follows on from Approaches to Theatre 1, exploring play texts theoretically and practically with a view to a particular theme. You'll get to know the other two modes of assessment used in drama: performance and portfolio.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core 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.

  • 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.

  • Performance Perspectives 1: Making Meaning

    You will consider the different ways in which theatre communicates with spectators through the construction of meaning. You'll focus on the question of meaning making in performance, the techniques used by theatre practitioners to construct meaning, and the theoretical and philosophical approaches which develop our understanding of how theatrical events communicate meaning to the spectator.

  • Performance Perspectives 2: Contexts and Criticisms

    This module allows you to consider useful critical frameworks for understanding performance from a range of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to explore theatre historiography, cultural theory, socio-political analysis and aesthetics, and to discover how these ideas - and others like them - can develop our understanding of theatre practice and theory.

  • Production Techniques 1

    You will be encouraged to make connections and develop skills relating to the themes and specific production needs of the parallel core module, Theatre Practice 1. You'll develop your skills and understanding of one of the following key areas of production: scenography (including areas of tecnical specialism), stage management, play/scriptwriting, and acting and performance.

  • Explorations in Practice 1

    This module focuses on the steps and skills necessary for developing a theatre production: textual/thematic context, practical methodology, creative concept, and planning/time management. The creative process culminates in an assessed final performance in collaborative groups, documented in a reflective portfolio.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core 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.

  • 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.

  • Dissertation (Drama)

    In this module, you will be able to focus on an area of your own interest, and broaden your knowledge and understanding of theatre and performance. You will design and engage with a programme of research in an area of your choosing, under the supervision of a member of staff.

  • Production Techniques 2

Optional modules

  • 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.

  • Modern British Theatre

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Memory, Autobiography and the Playwright

    The module enables you to gain an understanding of the possibilities of drawing on memory and autobiography in relation to scriptwriting. You will also be able to put research into practice by creating a short piece of script based on memory and autobiography.

  • 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).

“Hearing how passionate the lecturers were about helping you achieve your potential made me realise Hull was the place I wanted to do my degree.”

Lauren Cloke

More about this course

Our pioneering programmes scored 100% for satisfaction with teaching (National Student Survey 2017). Combining theory and practice, the BA Drama and Theatre Practice will help you become the performer, critic, writer, technician or designer you want to be. The variety of optional modules enables you to tailor the course to your own interests and ambitions. You also have the chance to study abroad thanks to our partnerships with universities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. We have also developed internships in partnership with organisations such as Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North. The foundation year is ideal if you don't have the academic requirements for direct entry onto the degree.

The Gulbenkian Centre is a hub of activity for Drama students. A Grade ll listed building, it features a theatre, studios and workshop spaces. This is your home when studying drama at Hull. Working collaboratively with staff throughout your course, the aim is for you to take over this space, with students ultimately becoming responsible for every element of a production process. You'll also enjoy our new facilities – like 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.

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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Ranked first for overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey, with a perfect 100% rating.

Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, now a world-class cultural venue after a £9.5 million investment, and the Gulbenkian Centre.

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

2019 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 

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.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 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 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

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

Career destinations include acting; playwriting; theatre production, management and direction; television production; arts management; teaching; and working as independent theatre makers.

Our graduates have gone on to work for some of the most prestigious theatres and theatre companies in the world, including the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Opera House, and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Many have gone into broadcasting, including for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.

Graduates have also been offered places at drama schools including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, the Bristol Old Vic, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Others have established independent theatre companies.

Many graduates go on to further study, and we expect that some will choose to take advantage of the new MA in Theatre Making at Hull and, ultimately, MPhil/PhD-level study here. Others have chosen PGCE and applied drama courses.