Course Overview

Lancaster's combined Dance and Film degree is taught by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA). This course is ideal for anyone with strong academic and creative abilities who wants to study contemporary dance alongside Film.

Your Film courses will provide you with the information and theoretical frameworks for understanding films as crucial cultural artefacts. You'll examine cinema's aesthetic importance in the context of an increasingly visual and media-oriented culture. Lancaster's course is academic rather than vocational, but you will make your own digital film using the University's state-of-the-art equipment.  In Dance 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 occurs:

  • 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

You'll begin your degree with core modules including an Introduction to Film, Modern Dance and Modernism in the Arts. In your second year, you'll study subjects such as Film Cultures, Postmodern Dance and our LICA interdisciplinary module Critical Reflections.  You will then complete your degree with a LICA Creative Enterprise module, a Dance Project and further optional Film modules such as Silent Film and The Cultural History of American Film.

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