also available in 2018
A Level Requirements
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Full time 4 Year(s)
Studying Theatre at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to learn about innovative twentieth and twenty-first century theatre and performance through an exciting and varied mix of practical and academic approaches. You will gain critical and creative skills that open up possibilities for working in theatre, while making you highly attractive to a wide range of other employers.
You will be taught by internationally esteemed, award winning theatre practitioners and scholars and will benefit from the outstanding facilities and the access to professional practice provided by our close relationship with Lancaster Arts and with other leading organisations in the creative and cultural industries.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
The first year serves as a foundation for your studies, introducing key concepts and practical tools through case studies that explore the development of different modes of acting and theatre production, from Shakespeare to cutting edge contemporary theatre. The year culminates in a group performance project.
In your second year you will take two core practical modules and one introducing you to critical approaches and choose from options including British Theatre (1945-20), Television Drama, Post-war European Playwrights, Performing the Avant-garde, Modern Dance and a major production module. In your final year you will create a final degree show and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Optional modules include New Writing in British Theatre, The Popular, The Political and the Avant-Garde, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre, New Scenographies in Performance and Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts.
In addition, two modules oriented towards employability, LICA Work Placement and Creative Enterprise, are available in your second and final years. The unique interdisciplinary environment provided by LICA also allows you either to focus solely on Theatre or choose to take some modules in Art, Design, Film, or Sound.
You also have the opportunity to spend your second year abroad at one of our partner universities in North America or Australia. The year abroad counts fully towards your Lancaster degree.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects Theatre, Drama, Dance or Performance are considered desirable but applications from those studying other subjects who can demonstrate experience and interest in practical theatre are welcomed
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
Theatre at Lancaster is one of the most highly ranked in the subject area for graduate employment. The performance, creative, communication and entrepreneurial skills developed by our Theatre degree and our strong links to professional practice open up a wide range of jobs in the creative and cultural industries and in many other employment sectors.
Many of our graduates work in a wide variety of roles within theatre and performance - as performers, directors, dramaturgs, writers, producers, technicians or administrators - while others are employed in television, film and digital media, journalism and publishing, or in teaching, social work, community arts and drama and dance therapy. A Theatre degree at Lancaster gives graduates the confidence and capability to produce work for themselves and a significant number go on the set up their own theatre companies, or small, thriving businesses. Lancaster graduates successfully progress onto PGCE, MA, MPhil and PhD courses, either at Lancaster or at other high quality national institutions.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:
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Students will require clothing for practical classes, especially dance classes such as track suit trousers, sweatshirts etc. and will be required to buy or hire costumes and props for their performances. Students will also need to purchase tickets to see professional performances at Lancaster Arts and, very occasionally venues further afield. The purchase of DVDs may also be required if unable to borrow them from the library during vacations. Criminal record Bureau checks may also be necessary if students undertake projects with school groups.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.