What Will You Study
Lancaster's degree in Fine Art and Theatre, taught by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), gives you the opportunity to study art practice alongside the contemporary theatre performance.
Your Fine Art courses will provide you with the opportunity to integrate Art Practice with Art History/Theory at a high level. Throughout your degree you will develop creative and technical skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art and their hybrids. We have no ‘house style’ so you will develop the practice and ideas that best reflect your aims and values as a young Fine Artist. Your tutors will be professional artists and publishing historians/theorists and the mix of academic and creative skills gained at Lancaster makes you highly attractive for postgraduate study and employers.
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 theoretical and practical approaches. You will gain critical and creative skills that open up possibilities for working in theatre, while making you attractive to a wide range of other employers.
You'll begin your degree with core modules including Modernism in the Arts, An Introduction to Theatre Studies and Fine Art Practice. In your second year, you'll study subjects such as Studio Practice, Performance Composition and our LICA interdisciplinary module Critical Reflections. You will then complete your degree by choosing from a selection of Fine Art and Theatre modules on offer such as Advanced Studio Practice, Contemporary British Theatre and Applied Theatre Practice.
- Design : BA Hons
- Drama, Theatre and Performance : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Film and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Film and Sociology : BA Hons
- Film and Theatre : BA Hons
- Film Studies : BA Hons
- Film, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Fine Art : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Marketing and Design : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- British Theatre & The State of the Nation (1945-2000)
- Documentary Drawing
- Expanded Painting Practice
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- LICA Work Placement
- Media & Performance
- Modern Dance
- Performance Composition
- Performing the Avant-Garde
- Studio Practice
- Studio Practice
- Theatre Practice
- Theatre Techniques
- Advanced Studio Practice
- Advanced Studio Practice (single weighted]
- Advanced Theatre Practice
- Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
- Classic Hollywood: The Studio Era
- Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre
- Creative Enterprise
- Film Theory
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- Media & Performance
- Music and TV Advertising
- Silent Cinema
- The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Level AAB-ABB and a portfolio of your work
International Baccalaureate 35-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
The following subjects are considered desirable by the department: Art, Theatre, Drama, Dance or Performance but applications from those studying other subjects who can demonstrate experience and interest in practical theatre are welcomed.
IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.
Foundation Courses Art foundation courses are not an essential requirement for this degree. Please note foundation courses are considered but not accepted in lieu of our academic entry requirements
Portfolio Digital portfolios are requested if an applicant is deemed to meet our academic entry requirements and overall profile. The department will contact an applicant to request a portfolio be uploaded to Blogger. The portfolio should include imaginative, expressive and analytical work as well as objective drawing.
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
A LICA combined degree gives graduates the confidence and capability to produce work for themselves. Our graduates have become professional artists, designers and theatre practitioners including performers, directors, writers, dramaturgs, producers and technicians, while others have chosen to work in community arts practice or as administrators and managers.
The transferable skills gained through studying a LICA combined degree at Lancaster make our graduates extremely attractive to a wide range of employers within different creative industries, including journalism, the media, publishing, public relations, personnel and the Civil Service.
Many of our graduates also go on to further study often becoming academics, lecturers and teachers, or undertake further vocational training in Theatre.
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.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2017-18 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2016 were:
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Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. 400 students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. 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.
Scholarships recognising academic talent:
- 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. In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.
- An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.
Bursaries for life, living and learning
- 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
Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
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 will require the following basic items:
- A digital camera with removable memory card – not with internal memory.
- A pen drive with at least 1gb memory
- A Stanley knife or scalpel
- General purpose scissors
- A box of pencils, 2H to 6B inclusive
- A variety of brushes
- A padlock (we supply you with a steel locker)
- A hardback student quality sketchbook (A3 or A4)
Students will also need student grade acrylic and oil paints as well as specialist tools and materials as they begin to specialise. Please refer to the Department for more detailed information.
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.