Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art & Film Studies
Why did you choose LICA?
I was looking for somewhere to study Art and Film together. Combined degrees are slowly being offered by other universities, but Lancaster's Art program is highly rated in the UK and offered me the freedom within my studio practice that I was looking for. Both my subjects are linked through my Modernism in the Arts module, which means that my study flows between both subjects, rather than them being very different and more of a challenge to manage.
What has been the best part of your course so far?
Developing my own studio practice has been really exciting, as you work in a studio space with people working on all sorts of ideas in different mediums – it's a really creative space and some great discussions can be had with classmates who are just as excited about creating and discovering new things through their art.
What do you do outside of your degree, for instance, are you involved in any societies or work part time?
I work part time outside my degree and there are plenty of part time job opportunities within Lancaster both on and off campus. They can provide a good break from the world of students and studying too.
What's 'Lancaster Life' like?
Compared to other cities 'Lancaster Life' is a lot less hectic but there are still plenty of things to get involved in. Societies give you change to meet other people and attend or organise events within the city. There is a good night life scene – perhaps not as much variety as somewhere like Manchester but a Saturday night is always busy! If you're not into going clubbing but have an interest in beautiful scenery and the arts Lancaster is a great place to be; not far from the Lakes and Lancaster's own countryside and a thriving theatre and visual art program that crosses from campus to city.
Any advice for potential LICA applicants?
Come to the open days and applicant days, they will give you a real feel for Lancaster campus. Everyone is really friendly so ask questions about all the things you have been thinking about. LICA courses really make you think about your own art practice and your place within the contemporary art world, so it's a great chance to form your 'artist identity'.