Theatre making at Hull has a strong reputation and a unique history. The Drama department at Hull has been a centre of theatre making since the 1960s. It is the third oldest university drama department in the country with a global reputation and a unique history. Our graduates play key roles in the industry nationally and internationally. Our unique asset is the network of theatre companies and professional arts groups that emerged from the department and continue to work closely with us. This newly redesigned MA in Theatre Making builds on this unique network and operates within it. It places a strong emphasis on internationalisation and Knowledge Exchange, and explores the modes of public engagement through the art. Thanks to the broad range of our staff expertise, this practical, community-focused programme is challenging, varied and at the forefront of research into theatre, place and space. The programme allows students to build on their artistic and academic portfolio and develop as practitioners working independently, in companies and with external partners in a range of performance styles and disciplines. You’ll gain hands-on experience in making theatre in a range of settings, including schools, youth groups and care homes, and for a variety of audiences. You’ll also have opportunities to learn how to set up and run your own theatre company. Our students love working in a close-knit, friendly drama community with excellent dedicated facilities and unrivalled access to theatre and rehearsal space. This includes the Gulbenkian Centre with its two performance spaces: the uniquely versatile Don Roy Theatre – hailed one of the most flexible theatre spaces in any European university – and the multimedia blackbox Minghella Studio. We have dedicated facilities and workspaces for our wide-ranging scenographic practice – from costume and props, through set design and construction, to lighting, sound and digital performance. These facilities are welcoming your talents and research interests, and will help you realise your theatre making inspirations. Take the virtual tour now and see for yourself. Our specialist academic support staff are industry professionals with rich expertise in the practical aspects of making, from scenographic disciplines (light, sound, project, digital performance, costume, prop making) to stage management, dramaturgy and scriptwriting. You’ll also benefit from industry and academic networks: the Prague Quadrennial, Hull Truck Theatre, East Riding Theatre, Absolutely Cultured, Back to Ours; nationally renowned companies such as the New Diorama Theatre in London, and graduate companies such as Middle Child, Silent Uproar, The Roaring Girls, Concrete Youth, Same Circle Productions; and with numerous academic partners and institutions. Graduates from this MA course have a strong track record of success. Several theatre companies established themselves on the course, such as the award-winning The Roaring Girls or Concrete Youth Theatre Company. Other graduates have gone on to work as independent theatre makers, as performers, arts facilitators, producers, workshops convenors, Drama teachers or progressed to continuing study at a PhD level.
Trimester 1 (PG Certificate Stage) - Critical Components of PaR Commissioned Project with Industry Partner Trimester 2 (PG Diploma Stage) - Creating Cultural Agenda Curated Programme for an Industry Partner Trimester 3 (MA Diploma Stage) - Research Project (MA Theatre Making)
The MA Theatre Making integrates the theory and practice of theatre and performance on bespoke practical projects with and for external partners. The practical work on the programme is rooted in research (Practice-as-Research) and explores novel ways of embodied inquiry. The theoretical, practical, interdisciplinary and industry frameworks bring new insights and reinforce the collaborative and individual theatre making practice on the course. Modules are core for all students and offer flexibility within them, dependent on individual students‘ expertise and experience, and on the external partners‘ impulses. Regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and mentoring sessions with numerous local, national and international industry partners are embedded in the curriculum. The two modules in each trimester are interlinked in a tapered way. While all modules work on practical projects, one module approaches the competencies from the side of the public practice, and while the other complements them from the angle of academic study and critical theory. Each trimester ends with a summative point that formalises the conclusion of the phase and integrates the tapered approach. It allows the student an exit point at the end of each trimester.
How to apply
If you require a 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 6.5 overall, with 6.0 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.
You will have a minimum of a 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in Drama, Theatre, Performance or a related subject. These requirements may be varied, especially in the case of students whose first degree was taken some time ago, or where there is compensatory professional or other relevant experience. In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||IELTS: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each skill|
Please click below for a list of the English language qualifications accepted by the University of Hull
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9400||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£9400||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£9400||Whole course|
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