Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) encompasses Lancaster’s teaching and research activities in Art, Dance, Design, Film and Theatre. A strong research ethos underpins and shapes what we do. Research activities ensure our contributions are recognised in contemporary practice, theory, and performance. Staff, students, and graduates set agendas in, and make meaningful contribution to, the contemporary arts.

The UK government’s recent Research Assessment Exercise placed Art and Design research, which at Lancaster includes Music, Theatre, Film and New Media, in the UK’s top 3 with 80% of our research classed as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading.

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