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.

Research Centres



Art at LancasterArt
Dance at LancasterDance
Design at LancasterDesign
Film at LancasterFilm
Theatre at LancasterTheatre
AHRC Funded Studentships for 2014/15
You can apply for funding of a PhD, or MA leading to PhD (1+3), in a range of contemporary arts disciplines including Art and Design, Art History, Arts Management, Drama, Theatre and Dance, and Media and Communication

Deadline for applications:
21 February 2014.

We look forward to discussing your application with you. Please see further details of how to apply.

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