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Drama, music and performance

Why study drama, music or performance at the University of Hull? Our courses offer you the chance to make drama, theatre or music that matters. You study major historical artists as well as those at the forefront of current practice, and you are guided and supported through making and reflecting on performance as we encourage you to push the boundaries of possibility. Our drama, music, theatre and performance degrees have established reputations as distinctive and desirable, and our staff not only research and write about but also direct and create performance.

Drama and theatre practice Hull was among the first UK universities to offer drama degrees, and our courses have long been held in high regard. Our graduates regularly pursue notable careers in theatre, film-making and the media. After an introduction to university-level performance and critical analysis, you can select from our specialist options to create a course based on your own interests. Our staff balance research and publication with theatre practice and professional training, and our facilities include studios, rehearsal rooms, sound and radio studios, costume stores, a design room, construction workshops and a computer-assisted design suite. Our graduates leave with a working knowledge of the technical aspects of contemporary theatre.

Theatre and performance At Scarborough we provide a supportive environment in which you can work creatively with new approaches to producing, performing and reflecting on theatre – developing your performance practice and recognising new directions for your work. Our multi-purpose studios are equipped for the changing demands of the discipline, while our design workshop enables you to experiment with design and scenography. Our experienced staff explore the connections between theory and practice. Guest artists present masterclasses and collaborate with students, and performance production tutors support your work. Featuring emerging talent alongside established artists, ‘On the Edge’ – our annual programme of contemporary performance – offers the opportunity to provide technical and front-of-house assistance for visiting companies.

Music You can specialise in performance, composition, musicology or music technology – with options in Western classical music, jazz and popular music, film music, songwriting, music psychology and interdisciplinary studies. We manage various performance venues and facilities, including a recording suite. Practical activity ranges from the symphony orchestra and choir to jazz and wind ensembles (including flute and clarinet choirs), pop and rock bands, music theatre, big band, barbershop, an early music ensemble and performances of contemporary works. Respected by the music community, our courses generate the career opportunities associated with a top degree. Our graduates have risen to prominent positions in opera companies and orchestras worldwide.

Creative music technology At Scarborough we offer some of the best studio facilities in education, including recording studios with Pro Tools Control24 systems, surroundsound mixing studios, a 16:4 ambisonic studio and a sequencing lab. Visits from industry specialists, composers and musicians supplement lectures, workshops and seminars. You study performance, studio production, composition, songwriting, sonic art, interactive technologies, psychoacoustics and music criticism. The final year includes a major project (an album of songs or a composition, for instance), while there are opportunities to collaborate with digital media and theatre practitioners.

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Drama | 102 Theatre and performance | 103 Jazz and popular music | 103 Music | 104 Music and theatre | 104 Creative music technology | 106 Popular music | 106 Media performance | 107 Dance | 107

Drama, music and performance




Drama Single Honours / Joint Honours / major subject BA (Hons) Our drama courses allow you to study theatre and performance from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. From the very beginning of your degree, you will be immersed in dramatic literature, theatre history, modes of criticism and performance practice. Taught by world-class staff, you will acquire an impressive variety of transferable skills, as well as numerous theatre craft specialisms. The rationale behind each of our courses is to allow you as much opportunity as possible to combine academic and practical aspects of drama and related industries.

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours Drama and Theatre Practice

3

n/a

W400

300

3

page 122

QW34

300

Joint Honours Drama and English Drama and Film Studies

3

page 126

WP43

280–300

Drama and French

4

page 150

WR41

300

Drama and German

4

page 152

WR42

300

Drama and Italian

4

page 153

WR43

300

Requirements

Drama and Music

3

page 104

WW34

280–300

Three A levels (or equivalent). Particularly relevant subjects include Drama, Theatre Studies, English, languages, Music, History, Classics and Media Studies. Typical offers for particular courses are listed in the table.

Drama and Spanish

4

page 154

WR44

300

3

page 145

W4V3

300

4

n/a

W4Q3

280–300

As a major subject Drama with History of Art

With a foundation year Drama (incl Foundation English Language)§

Structure

§ See page 26 for details.

First-year Single Honours students take two performance-oriented practical modules plus lectures on various critical approaches to theatre and a seminar on contemporary and historical contexts of performance. They also learn practical and technical skills while working on two large productions. Central to the second year are theatre practice modules that involve taking part in exciting and challenging performance projects. Second-year students also choose one skills-based practical option and one study option (from a range including everything from acting classes to lighting design, and Greek Tragedy to Modern British Theatre Companies). All of this is complemented by a lecture course that examines acting, directing and scenography. In your final year you develop research skills, writing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing. You also take three study options covering a range of aspects of theatre from different cultures and periods of theatre history. Year 3 culminates in the Making Performance Festival, which uses the department’s three performance spaces to showcase innovative theatre created by graduating students. One of the unique aspects of our degree is that your course is yours to design: you can maintain a balance between performance, history and culture, or you can choose to concentrate on certain areas, emerging as a highly skilled critic, performer, writer, designer, technician or director. Whichever route you choose, you will leave Hull as a creative and reflective theatre practitioner. All study and practical options in the second and third years are also made available to Joint Honours students.

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For IB Diploma and BTEC ND entry requirements, see page 25.


Theatre and performance

Jazz and popular music

Single Honours / Joint Honours / minor subject • BA (Hons)

Single Honours BA (Hons)

Scarborough With a focus on modern and contemporary performance, these are subjects for students who wish to be challenged and who want to stretch their creativity. Through study and practical projects, we investigate the traditions and innovations of 2th- and 2st-century performance practice. You will be taught by staff who make and/or research performance, as well as by visiting professional artists. Since 99, Scarborough has been home to the National Student Drama Festival, and our students are actively involved in its organisation. We also have a close relationship with the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and with the internationally acclaimed playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Requirements We normally require a minimum of three subjects at A level or equivalent. One of these A levels should be in Drama, Dance, Theatre, Performance or a related area of the arts. A typical offer will be in the region of 24 points. We do consider extracurricular practical experience, and we consider applications from candidates who have not studied the subject before.

The BA in Jazz and Popular Music runs alongside our BA and BMus Music degrees. It has a strong practical element, allowing you to focus on performance, music technology and composition. This enables you to develop your specialisms, including live performance, improvisation, recording, songwriting, arranging, or studying the history of jazz and popular music. While at the University you become part of a large community of musicians of differing interests with access to state-ofthe-art studio facilities, which gives you opportunities to explore a variety of creative opportunities.

Requirements Typically 26–3 points from three A levels (or equivalents such as BTEC), including Music or Music Technology, plus Grade 7 (or equivalent) on the firststudy instrument.

Structure In your first year you take modules exploring music technology, band techniques, instrumental performance and technical aspects of how music is constructed. In your second and third years you can follow pathways in performance, composition and music technology. Years Other subject(s)

Structure First-year modules may include Performance Practice; Production Skills; Perspectives in Theatre and Performance; Acting; and Performance and Documentation.

UCAS code

Typical offer

W340

260–300

Single Honours Jazz and Popular Music

3

n/a

In Years 2 and 3, modules may include Contemporary Theatre Production; Directing; Festival and Performance Criticism; Applied and Interactive Theatre  and 2; Autobiography and Performance; and Imaging the Body. All final-year students create a written or part-practical dissertation. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Single Honours Theatre and Performance

3

n/a

WWK5 S 240

Joint Honours Theatre and Dance

3

page 107

WW45 S

240

Theatre and English

3

pages 123 & 124

WQ43 S

240

pages 123 & 124

Q3W4 S

240

As a minor subject English with Theatre and Performance

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Drama, music and performance

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Music

Music and theatre

Single Honours / Joint Honours BA (Hons) / BMus (Hons)

Single Honours BA (Hons)

Music at Hull allows you to develop specialist interests in performance, composition, music production and musicology, along with the professional skills expected of musicians. Our degrees offer flexibility and choice, with pathways covering a range of Western musics. Disciplines include music psychology, conducting, improvisation, film music, songwriting, arranging, performing, composition, music technology, analysis, arts administration and interdisciplinary subjects.

BA Music and Theatre is an innovative degree which allows you to explore music and theatre from both practical and theoretical perspectives in contexts such as – among others – musical theatre, opera and melodrama, drawing on the extensive facilities in the department. It provides you with the opportunity to gain skills in music and theatre performance (including acting, singing and physical theatre) and musical composition for the stage.

The BA is for students who would like to major in music but also take modules in other subjects. The BMus is for those who wish to specialise solely in music.

Requirements

Note that a BA in Jazz and Popular Music is also offered at the Hull Campus (see page 3).

Typically 26–3 points from three A levels (or equivalent), including Music and preferably Drama or Theatre Studies, plus performance level of Grade 7 (or equivalent) on your main instrument.

Requirements

Structure

Normally three A levels (or equivalents), including Music, plus performance level of Grade 7 on your instrument. Typical offers are listed in the table below.

In your first year you take practical modules covering topics in music and theatre performance, along with other options focusing on the integration of music and theatre as modes of performance. In your second year you take modules in Theatre Practice (working on a project utilising both theatre and music skills and techniques) along with options in Music Composition, Performance, Orchestration, Script Writing and Physical Theatre. Third-year options include advanced topics in Making Performance and Composition, as well as a dissertation option and study options in a range of periods and styles of theatre and performance.

Structure In your first year you take core modules in performance, music technology, music history and music practice. In later years you can take pathways in musicology, performance, composition and music technology. Further options include conducting, ensemble performance, orchestration, arranging, film music, critical thinking, psychology of performance and arts enterprise. In joint degrees, music stands as an equal partner with your other chosen subject. In Year , you take three out of six core modules in music. In each of Years 2 and 3, you choose three music modules from a wide range of options. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

WW3K

260–300

Single Honours Music and Theatre

3

n/a

Single Honours Music (BA)

3

n/a

W300

260–300

Music (BMus)

3

n/a

W302

260–300

Drama and Music

3

page 102

WW34

280–300

English and Music

3

page 122

QW33

280–300

Music and Film Studies

3

page 126

WP33

260–300

Music and French

4

page 150

WR31

280–300

Music and German

4

page 152

WR32

280–300

Music and Italian

4

page 153

WR33

280–300

Music and Spanish

4

page 154

WR34

280–300

4

n/a

W3Q3

260–280

Joint Honours

With a foundation year Music (incl Foundation English Language)§ § See page 26 for details.

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Drama, music and performance

For IB Diploma and BTEC ND entry requirements, see page 25.


‘If you want to go to a great university with fantastic scope to learn technical theatre while still being educated in the theory of theatre, then Hull is the place. Drama here provides some of the best technical facilities in the country, including an open-tothe-public theatre – in which all aspects of performance are run by students – and an on-site workshop where you can learn all the techniques required to become a professional set constructor and (digital) scenographer. And there’s an outstanding stage management course. Study drama at the University of Hull for a real theatre learning experience!’ Jack Christon BA Drama

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Creative music technology

Popular music

Single Honours / major subject BA (Hons)

Single Honours BA (Hons)

Scarborough

Scarborough

These courses offer you the opportunity to develop your talents as a performer, songwriter, composer, producer or sound engineer. You will learn essential skills in a friendly, supportive environment with practising musicians and state-of-the-art equipment. Our facilities include three recording studios with Control24 and two 4-track systems; three rehearsal studios with a publicaddress system; three mixing studios with 5: Control24 systems and overdub, plus one 4-track facility; a 6:4 ambisonic studio with 3D sound; a film and TV studio with surround sound; and a sequencing lab. These are open from 6 am to midnight, seven days a week.

Unlike popular music degrees available in many other places, the course at Scarborough offers a unique balance of performance, studio production, composition, songwriting and critical musicology. You will learn essential skills in a friendly, supportive environment with practising musicians and state-of-theart equipment. Our facilities include three recording studios with Pro Tools Control24 systems and two 4track systems; three rehearsal studios with full backline and PA systems; three mixing studios with 5: Control24 systems and overdub, plus one 4-track facility; a 6:4 ambisonic studio with 3D sound; an electronica studio; and a sequencing lab. These are open for students from 6 am to midnight, seven days a week.

Our courses offer an excellent balance between the practical and the theoretical aspects of music and technology. They also offer the opportunity to specialise in particular areas such as game audio, film music, sonic arts, pop or rock musicology and live sound.

The course is specifically designed with the critically aware musician in mind and provides you with the opportunity to engage in industry-relevant studio work, both as performer and as producer.

Requirements Typically 24 points at A level (including either Music or Music Technology) or a BTEC National Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. We welcome applications from students with practical or industrial experience and mature students – these applications are usually subject to interview.

Requirements Typically 24 points at A level (including either Music or Music Technology) or a BTEC National Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. We also welcome applications from students with practical or industrial experience and mature students – these applications are usually subject to interview.

Structure In the first year you take core modules in studio production, critical music studies and composition. You can also study songwriting and performance. Years 2 and 3 offer a choice of options in areas such as performance, advanced production, game audio, composing for film and TV, sonic arts, live sound, songwriting, interactive technologies and psychoacoustics. The final year of your degree includes a major project. Typically, this could be an album of songs, a substantial compositional work, a dissertation, or writing applied music for film, animation or computer games. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

In the first year you take core modules in studio production, critical music studies, songwriting and performance. The second and third years include a critical musicological core, music industry studies and modules in songwriting and performance. It is also possible to study production, composing for film and TV, live sound and radio production. The final year of your degree includes a major project. Typically, this could be an album of songs, a dissertation, or writing applied music for video.

Typical offer

Single Honours Creative Music Technology

Structure

Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

W341 S

240

Single Honours 3

n/a

J931 S

240

3

n/a

W3N2 S

240

Popular Music

3

n/a

As a major subject Creative Music Technology with Business Management

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Drama, music and performance

For IB Diploma and BTEC ND entry requirements, see page 25.


Media performance

Dance

Single Honours BA (Hons)

Joint Honours BA (Hons)

Scarborough

Scarborough

This degree focuses on contemporary performance practice. Offering you opportunities to produce interdisciplinary, collaborative and innovative performance art, the course allows you to concentrate on the commercial or experimental aspects of media performance. In either case, it provides a firm grounding in both creative and technical disciplines and is underpinned by an emphasis on core transferable skills. As a graduate you might become a media performance artist or video artist, but the degree also opens up more specific career paths relevant to your choice of specialism – digital media production or creative musicianship, for example.

The course is based on current trends in British dance. At Scarborough, whatever your dance experience, you can make dance a central part of your student life – and, potentially, your professional life. We work through practice (technique, performance and choreography) and through theory (documentation, contextualisation and analysis). You can collaborate with digital video artists, actors and musicians.

Requirements We are looking for people with creative vision and the ability to think and work in a logical and methodical manner. Offers are made on an individual basis, often following a personal interview, but a typical offer will be in the region of 24 points. At least one creative subject studied at A level (or equivalent) will normally be expected.

Requirements Typically 24 points from three subjects at A level or equivalent. One of these A levels should be in Dance, Theatre, Performance or a related area of the arts. We consider extracurricular practical experience and applications from candidates who have not studied the subject before.

Structure Modules may include, for example, Performance Practice; Dance Technique; Dance Making , 2 and 3; Imaging the Body; and a written or part-practical dissertation. Years Other subject(s)

Structure The Media Performance degree provides you with opportunities for experimentation between disciplines and the option to specialise in one of five set pathways (digital media production, web design, music, theatre and dance). In your final year, you are expected to research and create a substantial individual performance piece. Years Other subject(s)

UCAS code

Typical offer

W490 S

240

UCAS code

Typical offer

WW45 S

240

Joint Honours Theatre and Dance

3

page 103

Single Honours Media Performance

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3

n/a

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