Taught by expert staff, you will acquire an impressive variety
of transferable skills, as well as numerous theatre craft
specialisms. 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, as well as acquiring a detailed understanding
of writing in English and a sophisticated awareness of the critical
debates in the discipline.
The rationale behind our course is to allow you as much
opportunity as possible to combine academic and practical aspects
of drama and English. You will become familiar with major periods
of literary expression and with the principal forms of critical
understanding. You can take advantage of the flexibility of the
course, designing the structure around your personal interests.
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 with a
thorough grounding in English from each of the phases of its
development, from the medieval to the modern.
The English programmes at Hull are characterised by the breadth
of choice, with modules on offer from Medieval to contemporary
literature. Options are available in linguistics, modern languages,
creative writing and you may select from the university’s range of
‘free electives’. Teaching in English is informed and
led by research, often drawing on the research interests of our
In joint degrees, each subject figures equally, with the same
number of modules from each subject. First year students take
performance-orientated practical modules, plus lectures and
seminars on critical approaches to theatre and contemporary and
historical contexts of performance. There are three core English
modules: English Landmark Texts, Introduction to Renaissance
Literature and Introduction to Literary Studies.
Second year students choose options from a range including
everything from acting classes to lighting design, and Greek
Tragedy to Modern British Theatre Companies. In your final year you
develop skills in independent study, you take three options
covering a range of aspects of theatre from different cultures and
periods of theatre history to practical specialisms. The English
aspect of the course allows you to choose your own selection of
modules in the second and third years. The only limitation is that
we require every student to read some pre-1800 and some post-1800
literature. All of this is complemented by a lecture course that
examines acting, directing and scenography.
Three A levels (or equivalent). We normally expect applicants to
have previous experience of studying Drama at A level or BTEC,
however, it is not a pre-requisite.
English Literature is required. English Language is also
acceptable, but please note that the English elements of the course
focus mainly on literary texts rather than language study.
Particularly relevant subjects include Drama, Theatre Studies,
Music, History, Classics and Media Studies.
Applicants are interviewed and we simply require an active and
critical interest in drama and theatre.
280-320 UCAS points are required.
From the start of your course, a friendly team of
experienced Careers Advisers, employer liaison and information
staff are here to assist you, whether or not you have any
firm ideas about the next step in your career.
We run an extensive programme of events at
our Hull and Scarborough campuses to develop your career
awareness, helping you to explore opportunities, including employer
talks and careers fairs. We offer one-to-one advice and guidance -
a truly personal service - which supports you and your career plans
- and you will have a named Careers Adviser for your subject.
The Careers Service offers a range of services to assist you to
develop the skills looked for by employers, including skills
workshops, practice interviews and practice ability tests, and have
extensive information, both web-based and in printed format, which
is kept up to date with the latest job and work experience
vacancies, and changes to recruitment processes.
We maintain very close links with graduate employers, both on a
local, regional, national and international level, so we can offer
you the best advice available and work closely with academic
colleagues and student committees to provide specific
opportunities, information and events for your course. Many of our
academic programmes offer you the opportunity to undertake an
internship or work placement.
One of the things that make our Careers Service stand out from
those at other universities is that we continue to offer you
careers services beyond your graduation. Once you have begun
studying at Hull, we are here to guide you at any point of your
studies or subsequent career.
Our Careers Service was one of the first to be accredited
against the new matrix standards. Matrix
is the UK quality standard for advice, information
and guidance services.