drama

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama and Theatre Practice

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: W400

What you'll study

Learn to take drama to the stage on a course with purpose-built performance facilities and an excellent track record of graduate employability.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 technical 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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 practitioners in a variety of contemporary global contexts.

  • Modern British Theatre

    You will look at plays premiering from the 1990s to the present to consider how theatre interacts with social and political debates. You will develop skills in reading and analysing text and production as well as broadening your knowledge and understanding of contemporary theatre and theatre makers.

  • 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

There’s a reason Hull was voted 2017 UK City of Culture. This is a place – and a university – with a fierce commitment to the performing arts. We've pioneered the study and teaching of drama for more than 50 years, and many of our graduates go on to notable careers in theatre, TV and film.

  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Gulbenkian Centre, a purpose-built theatre, studios and workshop spaces.
  • 99% of our drama students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018)
  • Benefit from the facilities of Middleton Hall where we've invested £9.5 million to create a concert venue, music theatre and cinema, plus industry-standard recording facilities.
  • Our strong relationships with local arts organisations, including Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North provide some outstanding work placement opportunities.
  • On this course, you'll take part in at least one major performance project per year.

Drama at Hull combines theory and practice, letting you develop your talents as a performer, critic, writer, technician or designer. The course blends practical work with theory, and our wide range of modules means that you can shape what you study around your interests.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

52%

48%

Second year

6%

31%

63%

Final year

6%

26%

68%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Career destinations include acting, playwriting, theatre production, management, direction, television production, arts management, teaching and independent theatre-making.

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 possibly even MPhil/PhD-level study here. Others have chosen Postgraduate Certificates in Education (PGCEs) in preparation for teaching and applied drama courses.