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Undergraduate

BA Drama and Theatre Practice

Be part of a close-knit, drama community – based around a working theatre in a Grade II-listed building.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

W400

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Start date

Course overview

We’re one of the oldest university drama departments in the country, with a commitment to the performing arts going back more than 50 years. And this is a remarkably theatrical city, with dozens of theatre companies.

Our students love the Grade II-listed Gulbenkian Centre. Inside, they enjoy exclusive access to a purpose-built working theatre, complete with studios and workshops.

Drama at Hull allows you to develop your talents as a theatre maker, performer, critic, writer, technician or designer. You'll mix practical work with theory and get the chance to follow your passions through your course.

Six reasons to study Drama at Hull

  1. 99% graduate employability rating*
  2. Exclusive access to a Grade II-listed theatre
  3. World-class Middleton Hall performance venue
  4. Engage with leading names like Hull Truck Theatre
  5. Links with many local graduate theatre companies 
  6. Form a small theatre company in your final year

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

    Introductory Performance Techniques

    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.

    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.

    Introductory Production Technique

    This module builds your skills in areas of specialism like lighting, sound, stage management, design and scenic construction, wardrobe, and theatre and performance technologies.

    Approaches to Theatre 1

    Looking at plays from different periods and historic cultures, you'll explore theatre in discussions and performance workshops. 

    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. 

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    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.

    Theatre Practice 2: Production

    You'll work with other students to create a performance based on what you learned in Theatre Practice 1. You'll engage in workshops and rehearsals, leading to a performance.

    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

    Examine frameworks for understanding performance from a range of perspectives. You'll explore theatre historiography, cultural theory, sociopolitical analysis and aesthetics.

    Intermediate Technique

    Develop your skills and understanding in one of the following production areas: scenography; stage management; play and scriptwriting.

    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.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Making Performance 1: Research and Development

    In student-directed 'companies', you'll carry out research and dramaturgical development - working towards the performance of an original production in the following trimester. 

    Making Performance 2: Production

    You'll continue to work in your designated area towards the performance. Your production will be staged publicly as part of the annual 'Making Performance' season on campus.

    Dissertation (Drama)

    Broaden your understanding of theatre and performance in an area of your own interest.. You'll design and engage with research in your area, supervised by a member of staff.

    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.

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

216 hours

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

984 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

52%
48%
  • 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

252 hours

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

948 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

6%
31%
63%
  • 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

240 hours

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

960 hours

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

Indicative assessment proportions

6%
26%
68%
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

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 

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.

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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Our teaching staff

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Drama and Theatre Practice students enjoy access to the Grade II-listed Gulbenkian Centre - your own working theatre.

Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*

International

£14,500 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

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Writer
  • Costume designer
  • Stage manager
  • Producer

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

Our illustrious alumni, such as the playwright James Graham,  theatre director Marianne Elliott  and David Byrne, the artistic director of London’s New Diorama Theatre, regularly come back to the University to take part in careers events to give the next generation of Hull drama students the benefit of their rich experiences.

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*Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of 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