What Will You Study

Lancaster’s combined four-year French Studies and Theatre degree is taught jointly in our Department of European Languages and Culture and the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA).  This degree scheme gives you a practical working knowledge of French together with the study of the social, political and historical life of France and Francophone countries. It includes a year spent in a French-speaking country, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

In Theatre, you will have the opportunity to learn about innovative twentieth and twenty first century theatre and performance through an exciting and varied mix of practical and theoretical approaches. You will be taught by internationally esteemed, award winning theatre practitioners and scholars. You 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 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 an Introduction to Theatre Studies, French Language (Intensive or Advanced) and an Introduction to French Culture Studies.  In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as French Language: Oral Skills; French Language: Written Skills; Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History and comparative modules, such as Understanding Culture. In Theatre you will study modules such as Theatre Techniques, Performance Composition and choose from a range of other options such as Applied Theatre Practice, Postwar European Playwriting, TV Drama and a dedicated Work Placement module.

The third year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will finish your degree back at Lancaster taking French Language: Oral and Written Skills; a specialist French culture module such as Forms of Modernity in French Literature. In Theatre you can choose modules such as Applied Theatre Practice II, Creative Enterprise, New Writing in British Theatre, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre and Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts.