music studio

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Music and Film Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: WP33

What you'll study

Study at Hull after our successful year as UK City of Culture and create in multimillion-pound cinema and concert facilities like Middleton Hall. (Suspended for 2018)

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.

  • The Craft of Filmmaking

    Gain insight into the practical and collaborative elements of filmmaking. This module will introduce you to direction, cinematography, production management, editing and audio, with opportunities for practical application and critical reflection.

  • Creative Music Skills 2

    You’ll continue to develop a comprehensive range of skills in performance, instrumental composition, music production, electronic composition and digital audio. This module is highly interactive and is taught via lectures, seminars and workshops that pave the way for your further studies.

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).

  • History of Hollywood Cinema

  • American Film and Society

    You will explore the relationship between Hollywood cinema and American society from the 1930s to the present day, considering how films of different genres and periods have tackled themes such as race, gender, sexuality, class and disability.

  • Music, Criticism and Culture

    You will study musical aesthetics across diverse genres, developing your critical skills and your ability to construct written arguments. Topics range from authenticity in cover songs to the political arguments of Adorno, Scruton and Cage.

  • 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.

  • Creative Music Skills 1

    You'll develop a comprehensive range of general music-based skills relating to performance, technology, songwriting, electronic composition and digital audio. These are all explored in practical, creative ways through interactive seminars and workshops that provide the foundation for further studies.

  • Screen, Nation, Identity

    This module analyses screen texts with reference to their historical contexts of production and reception. You'll explore the relationships between screen texts and identity politics via East Asian, European, and North American cinema. Films include Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Blade Runnerand Festen.

  • Writing Criticism

    Sharpen your skills of film analysis. You'll closely examine a range of different types of cinema, and complete a series of written exercises that will help you become a better film critic.

  • 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.

  • Studies in Musical Style (to 1830)

    An overview of Western music history from the 11th century to early Romanticism. You'll examine defining features of salient musical styles, engaging in detailed analysis of selected works.

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.

  • 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.

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).

  • American Alternative Cinema

    This module examines and critically evaluates film practice beyond the Hollywood mainstream. You'll encounter alternative filmmaking practices such as 'exploitation cinema', 'trash cinema', 'cult cinema' and 'independent/underground cinema'. You will have the opportunity to study some of the most infamous examples of alternative cinema such as Pink Flamingos, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Bad Girls go to Hell.

  • 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.

  • Landmarks of World Cinema

    Examine different national cinemas and draw on the analysis of relevant historical, cultural, and socio-political contexts. You'll explore concepts including debates around defining world cinema; ideas of first, second and third cinema; global and trans-national cinema; the relationship between genre and world cinema; film movements; international stardom, and film distribution practices.

  • American Animation History

    In this module, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the history of American animation by taking an in-depth look at the genre.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Screen Production Project

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).

  • Special Study (Music)

    This module allows you to undertake an extended project with a specialist and dedicated supervisor through one-to-one tutorial teaching. Your project could take the form of a dissertation or it could be a creative project, such as an EP.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Individual Project

  • 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.

  • East Asian Cinema

    This module delivers key critical and theoretical approaches that engage with national and transnational elements of East Asian Cinema. You'll study a dynamic and innovative programme from China, Japan, and Korea including films from Seven Samurai to Old Boy, and filmmakers from Seijun Suzuki to Bong Joon-ho.

  • Disney Studies

    This module looks at the history and impact of the Disney studio/Disney company.

  • Global Nightmares: Contemporary Horror Cinema From Around the World

    This module critically analyses the contemporary horror film in a variety of national contexts. You'll study horror cinema from countries as diverse as the US, Brazil, France, Australia and Iran, including the films It, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, [REC], and À l'intérieur/Inside.

  • American History by Hollywood

    From D W Griffith’s 1915 epic The Birth of a Nation onwards, Hollywood filmmakers have drawn upon the history of the United States as a bountiful source of stories characters and adventures. Exploring cinematic representations of events such as the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement, or figures as diverse as Abraham Lincoln and Jesse James, this module compares Hollywood’s version of history with what historical courses say ‘really’ happened in the past.

  • 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.

  • 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.

“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

Love film? Love music? This course focuses on the areas where the two subjects meet – such as composing for film, the academic study of film music, cinematic sound design and even game audio. It combines practical skills with creative theory and lets you tailor the degree to match your interests.

  • Enjoy one of the finest concert venues around – our 400-seater Middleton Hall.
  • Get 24-hour access to our new, industry-standard 48 track ambisonic recording studio.
  • 99% of our music 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 the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018)
  • Customise your degree by choosing from a wide range of modules.

You'll develop a critical understanding of a range of practices, guided by expert staff from both disciplines. You can also get involved in extracurricular opportunities including staff- and student-led ensembles, workshops, collaborations and productions.

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

8%

15%

77%

Second year

21%

18%

61%

Final year

13%

15%

72%


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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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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Fantastic facilities include Middleton Hall, with its advanced cinema, as well as dedicated TV, film and digital media resources.

Six reasons to make music at Hull.

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Benefit from our connections with regional film and media organisations, and gain invaluable work experience.

What will the music industry look like in five years?

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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 
  • 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.

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 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

*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

Popular careers include working in the film and music industries, teaching, the media, marketing, retail and management.

As well as subject-specific skills, our students develop the transferable competencies that employers value. We'll support you in developing your interpersonal, leadership and presentation abilities, your organisational skills and your capacity for logical and creative thinking.

There are also opportunities to progress to postgraduate study, both within these two subject areas and across the School of Drama, Music and Screen.