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.
- Marketing and Design : BSc Hons
- Film : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Theatre : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Fine Art : BA Hons
- Theatre : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Film : BA Hons
- Dance and Film : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Dance and French Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and German Studies : BA Hons
- Dance and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Theatre : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Dance : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
Detailed module information for this new undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
A-level: AAB inc. grade B in English Literature, English Language or English Combined. A-level Dance Studies, Film Studies, Performing Arts or Theatre Studies are desirable but not essential
Scottish Highers: ABBBB
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 HL subjects
Mature students: We are keen to recruit mature students. Recent formal study of dance, theatre, media, film or a related subject an advantage but not required. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information.
A Dance and Creative Writing degree gives graduates the capability to work both independently and collaboratively in a wide range of professions. Our graduates have become professional performers, choreographers, directors and published novelists, poets and playwrights, community artists, administrators and producers of arts events as well as therapists, teachers, lecturers and researchers.
You will also be able to develop key transferable skills, such as creative thinking, communication, project design and group management, as well as research, analysis, and critical writing. These skills will make you extremely attractive to a wide range of employers, including those from within the different creative and cultural industries which now forms a large part of the UK’s economy. In addition, you will gain the invaluable qualities of a sharp kinaesthetic and literary intelligence, honed through constant creative practice and academic analysis, which will enable you to respond to any situation with a greater clarity and confidence that would otherwise have been possible.
Many of our dance and creative writing graduates progress to postgraduate degrees to become academics, lecturers and teachers, whilst others train further in performance or creative writing.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
- As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a £1,000 Bursary, a £1,000 Fee Waiver and a £1,000 Accommodation Discount in the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.
Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page