Drama-and-Spanish-Cropped

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Modern Languages and Drama

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: R9W4

What you'll study

Study and perform drama in specialist facilities such as the Gulbenkian centre. And at the same time, explore Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish with a year abroad.

You’ll gain real-world experience on this course by spending your third year studying abroad.

 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 1

    In each year, you’ll undertake two core language modules in each of your chosen languages, at either beginners and improvers or advanced level.

    Beginners and improvers level is for those without an A Level in languages: You'll start from scratch in a new language, where the emphasis is on key structures and intensive practice.

    If you have an A Level, you'll study at advanced level and begin to move confidently as you attain real-world language skills and explore various ways to apply these. 

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 2

    At beginners and improvers level, still working with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback.

    At advanced level you'll build on the ground acquired in trimester 1 to apply your practical language skills in a range of contexts. 

  • 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.

  • Ideas and Identity: The Construction of National Identity

    Discover new and innovative ways of thinking about the national and cultural identities that are central to the language(s) you will be studying during your degree. You will learn about important cultural narratives and identity politics, by focusing on topics and texts in French, Spanish, English, Italian, German or Chinese.

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.

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 3

    With more intensive practice, group work, grammar revision and the development of core skills such as translation, you’ll work with your teachers to ensure you’re reaching a professionally recognised standard, no matter what level you began your studies at.

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 4

    Here the practice continues in each language area with intensified emphasis on idiomatic, colloquial and formal registers in different social and cultural contexts. There is also a distinct emphasis on preparation for your time abroad in the countries of your target language(s).

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).

  • 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 and scriptwriting; and acting and performance.

  • 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 that develop our understanding of how theatrical events communicate meaning to the spectator.

  • Guided Research Project

    This exciting module will allow you to conduct an original research in a subject of your choosing within the broad area of Educational studies, that you will be able to plan, implement and report with guidance from a supervisor and through guided group tutorials.

  • Explorations in Practice 1

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

  • 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.

  • Translation and Digital Culture

    Familiarise with a range of translation practices used on online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Wikipedia. You will be introduced to the challenges and opportunities of translation across a range of digital contexts and encouraged to reflect on the vital importance of the translator's critical and creative skills.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Year abroad

You’ll spend your third year abroad. You can choose to study at a partner university, work in a school as a language assistant or work in industry or commerce.

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 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 publicly as part of the annual 'Making Performance' season on campus.

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 5

    Back from the country or countries of your target language(s), the focus here is on the consolidation of structures and grammar, as well as the serious development of skills in areas like translation, interpreting, textual exegesis or subtitling.

  • Chinese / French / German / Italian / Spanish Language 6

    Building on all your work and experience to date, we’ll help set you on your way to fluent professional and social use of your target language(s). This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in many contexts and on multiple platforms.

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).

  • 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

  • Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

  • Becoming a Professional Translator

    Apply your translation skills in the context of clients' needs and expectations. This module prepares you to successfully compete in the professional translation industry.

  • Explorations in Practice 2

  • Performance Perspectives 3: Approaching Audiences

  • Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change. This will enable you to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries your are studying and 'real' life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

  • 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.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

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More about this course

Spend half of your time studying drama and half studying Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. And work with our expert teams in each subject, using dedicated spaces for both. You can let your creativity flow in the Gulbenkian centre as you oversee your own productions – and you can hone the finer points of your chosen language in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre.

  • Spend an amazing year in China, France, Germany, Italy or Spain, getting to know the people, the language and the culture first-hand.
  • Benefit from specialist Drama facilities in the Gulbenkian Centre, a purpose-built theatre, studios and workshop spaces.
  • Our strong links with local and regional arts organisations mean that we can offer you an array of placements and internships.

Combine theory and practice in modern drama and languages to gain an understanding of each area of study. As a multilingual drama practitioner, you could work in prestigious theatres around the world. Or you could use your linguistic knowledge and transferable skills to forge a career with a range of other organisations.

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

18%

41%

41%

Second year

15%

37%

48%

Year abroad

100%

Final year

12%

50%

38%


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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You don't just have the opportunity to become fluent in another language at Hull - you immerse yourself in the culture of the people who speak it.

Spend an unforgettable year abroad, studying at a partner university or working, in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

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

Find out more

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

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification 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.

  • Applicants should have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • 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.

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

Many of our drama graduates have gone on to work in the creative industries, some headlining 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.

Languages graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers, including - International customer liaison at Harrod’s; business analyst at United Biscuits; English teaching assistant in Japan; lecturers teaching English at universities in Dijon and Reims, and at the Sorbonne in Paris; translator for the Netherlands National Press Bureau; international officer at Lloyds Bank and intelligence officer with the RAF.