Lauren Taylor

Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art
Instagram (art account): @laurentaylorart

Why did you choose LICA?

From the first day I visited LICA, I felt both inspired and at home by the staff, current students and the creative environment. LICA offered me a unique course compared to other universities and provided me with the opportunity to study Modernism in the Arts (LICA100) as well as my Fine Art practice. The studios looked amazing when I visited on open days, and of course Lancaster University is one of the top Universities in the country for studying Fine Art.

What has been the best part of your course so far?

In the initial weeks of my course I took part in many different practical workshops and gained so many new skills really quickly, both in independent and group tasks. This helped me to settle into the course and learn to experiment with different art forms. Even after these initial weeks I am really enjoying attending workshops which offer the chance to learn new skills to incorporate into my practice.
I am also really enjoying having my own space to produce work in, a great space to experiment and escape. Regular tutorials with staff are also one of my favourite parts of my degree, they’re so helpful and interesting and I always leave feeling a new stroke of inspiration.

What do you do outside of your degree, for instance, are you involved in any societies or work part time?

Outside of my degree I am part of the ballet society which I love. This enables me to exercise and continue with something that I really enjoyed to do before University. Joining societies is a great way to get involved and meet new people, and many start from beginner so you can pick up something entirely new if you want to!

What’s ‘Lancaster Life’ like?

‘Lancaster life’ is amazing, the experience of living away from home for the first time and having this new freedom to experience with so many new and lovely people is something I will never forget. Lancaster is perfect with it being a campus University, everything is within walking distance and the campus feels very safe. Lancaster centre is also a big part of the university life for me, with frequent trips to town for shopping, meals with my flat mates, and of course nights out which are super. There is always so much going on here, you can be as involved as you like and there’s never chance to be lonely or bored!

Any advice for the potential LICA applicants?

The advice I would give to potential applicants is just come and see for yourself. Lancaster and LICA are amazing, you need to come and experience it for yourself and see if this is the university for you. Come to an open day, have a nosy around the studios and research further into the course you are applying for on the Lancaster website – and good luck!