Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Music, Theatre and Performance

Unleash your creativity. Explore music and theatre through workshops, masterclasses and productions – with the use of industry-standard facilities.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

WW3K

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Start date

Course overview

Live in a city with a thriving cultural scene, and learn your craft through workshops, masterclasses, concerts, shows and productions – led by specialist staff and practitioners of international expertise.

This degree gives you opportunities to improve your skills to a professional standard in our state-of-the-art facilities. You'll develop your ability to experiment with different ideas and to work confidently in music and theatre research.

As the current UK City of Culture, Hull is the ideal place to study this programme. You'll also benefit from access to a top-class concert venue and a Grade II listed working theatre.

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6 reasons to study Music, Theatre and Performance at Hull

  1. 99% graduate employability rating*
  2. Top-class concert venue – Middleton Hall
  3. Access to a Grade II-listed working theatre
  4. Partnerships with top names like Opera North
  5. 24-hour access to cutting-edge recording studios
  6. Follow your passions with wide choice of modules

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    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.

    Production Project

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

    Safe Working Practices

    Develop competency in specialist areas of theatre production. You'll explore safe working practices and technical possibilities so you can get the most out of our performance spaces.

    Popular Music in Context

    You will explore popular music before 1980 from structural, sociological and historical viewpoints. Topics include blues, the French chanson, protest music and theories of harmony in rock songs.

    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.

    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.

Second year modules

  • Optional

    Theatre Practice 1: Research and Development

    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: Production

    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.

    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 and II: Electronic Composition strand. You'll be introduced to the advanced techniques involved in producing pieces in a stereo context.

    Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance using your voice or a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing in bands or chamber ensembles, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    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.

    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 to create high-quality multi-track recordings.

    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.

    Music of Our Time

    Explore style and aesthetics in contemporary music, and engage in hands-on creative work.

    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.

    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 gain the potential to work on interesting mixed-media projects and showreels in your final year.

    Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance using your voice or a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing in bands or chamber ensembles, accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    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, and ways to express music in sound and through the body. You'll also consider the nature-nurture debate and performers’ personalities.

    Studies in Musical Style from 1815

    This module investigates topics and issues in music from the 1810s to the early 1960s, building on the context of the late 19th century. You'll investigate music from Beethoven to Mahler and Sibelius and you'll look at early modernism and developments in the musical avant-garde up to the early ‘60s.

    Intermediate Technique

    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.

    Exploratory Practices 1

    This module focuses on the skills for developing a production, including textual and thematic context, practical methodology, creative concept, planning and time management.

    Performance Perspectives 1: Making Meaning

    Consider how theatre communicates with audiences by constructing meaning. You’ll focus on making meaning in performance and how theatre practitioners construct meaning.

    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.

Final year modules

  • Choose one

    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 (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.

  • Optional

    Making Performance 1: Research and Development

    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.

    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.

    Advanced Performance 1

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance vocally or on a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    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.

    Making Performance 2: Production

    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.

    Composing for Spaces and Places

    Focus on site-specific composition and the performance of such compositional works. 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.

    Advanced Performance 2

    This module will enable you to develop skills in music performance vocally or on a chosen instrument in popular, jazz or classical traditions. You can specialise in solo playing, small group playing (bands or chamber ensembles), accompaniment, conducting or directing.

    Advanced Technique

    Explore technical skills relevant to professional practice, as you occupy roles which focus on the design and leadership aspects of your discipline.

    Exploratory Practices 2

    Through experimental practice, you’ll come to understand a range of range of styles and techniques connected to developing individual and collaborative theatre skills.

    Performance Perspectives 3: Approaching Audiences

    Consider how theatre of different eras, genres, locations and aesthetics has approached audiences, and how the relationship between audience and performance can function.

    Psychology of Music and Emotion

    This module will enable you to gain an insight into recent research on the psychology of music and emotion, a fascinating and wide-ranging subject that has implications for many possible future careers.

    Radio Production

    This module explores radio broadcasting as the context to develop and hone precision composition and production skills for a demanding climate. You'll explore the medium in context and the technical creativity required to produce portfolios of musical and functional material for broadcast.

    Music Industry Careers

    Take control of a record company, assuming various roles as you promote and release new music, learning aspects of the record industry through first-hand experience.

    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.

    Individual Project (Music) (T1)

    This module gives you the opportunity to study a topic of your own choosing with expert supervision. The choice of topic is very broad and you may offer an empirical study, an extended piece of music criticism, a folio of compositions, or a mixed-media project.

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

How you'll study

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.

Overall workload

300 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

900 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

4%
36%
60%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

264 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

936 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

47%
53%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

Overall workload

288 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

912 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

62%
38%
  • Practical

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

  • Coursework

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

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Entry Requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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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Students on this creative course benefit from access to our new 400-seater concert venue and performance space.

Fees & 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.

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. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music librarian
  • Journalist
  • Teacher

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, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris.

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