What Will You Study

Lancaster's degree in Dance and Creative Writing is taught jointly by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and the Department of English and Creative Writing. It combines the in-depth study of the Dance with the writing of original and imaginative fiction, poetry or plays. These two different focuses reinforce and complement each other.

Your Creative Writing courses are taught by a team of widely published authors through a combination of lectures, readings, practice and discussion in regular tutor-led workshops. You'll have the opportunity to develop your writing skills and cultivate a strong feeling for words with an appreciation of the tones, weights, nuances and registers of the English language. You'll be encouraged to stretch your own boundaries and to extend yourself technically, to develop the motivation and drive you'll need to thrive in your future career.

Dance in LICA is the first choice for anyone with strong academic and creative abilities who wants to study Dance alongside Creative Writing.  Not only will you develop as a dancer through weekly technique classes across all three years, but through lectures and choreographic projects you will study the methods and significance of modern and contemporary dance in terms of the environments in which it is created:

  • The site: dance in unusual rural and urban locations
  • The stage: dance in relation to costume, lighting, set and sound
  • The screen: dance for the camera, motion capture and telepresence

Dance in LICA is supported by superb studio spaces and one of the best programmes of professional dance performances in the UK, and benefits from close links to Ludus Dance.

You'll begin your degree with core courses including an Introduction to Creative Writing and Modern Dance. In your second year you'll move on to subjects such as Postmodern Dance, Intermediate Creative Writing and our LICA interdisciplinary module Critical Reflections  You will then complete your degree with a LICA Creative Enterprise module, a Dance Project and further creative writing modules such as Longer Fiction and Writing/Reading Poetry.