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 includes a year spent in a French-speaking country, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture.
Your degree programme gives you a practical working knowledge of French together with the study of the social, political and historical life of France and Francophone countries and includes a year in a French-speaking country. In Theatre, you’ll develop your understanding and creative abilities through theory and practice, with the option of more subject specific or interdisciplinary studies.
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. You will also study modules such as Theatre Techniques, Performance Composition, Post-war European Playwrights and TV Drama.
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; as well as modules such as Applied Theatre Practice, Creative Enterprise, Sensational Performances, New Writing in British Theatre, Contemporary European Post-dramatic Theatre and New Scenographies in Performance.
- Design Interactions : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Film : 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, Media and Cultural Studies : BA Hons
- Fine Art : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Film : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- French Studies and German Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies and History : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- French Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- French Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- French Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- French Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- French Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- German Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Film : BA Hons
- German Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- German Studies and History : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- German Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- German Studies and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- German Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- German Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Management Studies and European Languages : BA Hons
- Marketing and Design : BSc Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Modern Languages and Cultures : MLang Hons
- Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Geography : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and History : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Politics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Psychology : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Italian : BA Hons
- Theatre : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Applied Theatre Practice I
- British Theatre & The State of the Nation (1945-2000)
- Critical Reflections
- Cross-cultural encounters in World Literatures
- Documentary Drawing
- Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945
- European New Wave Cinema
- French Language: Oral Skills
- French Language: Oral skills (post-intensive)
- French Language: Written Skills
- French Language: Written Skills (post-intensive)
- Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain
- LICA Work Placement
- Media & Performance
- Modern Dance
- Performance Composition
- Performing the Avant-Garde
- Society on Screen: The Language of Film
- Theatre Techniques
- Understanding culture
- Applied Theatre Practice II
- Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship and its Cultural Representation in the 20th Century
- Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film
- Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre
- Creative Enterprise
- Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada
- Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation
- Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
- Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities
- Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany
- Love, religion and society in the 18th century French novel
- Modernity of Forms and Forms of Modernity in French Literature 1850-2000
- Myths of Italian Resistance: Italian Fascism and its Narratives in Post-War Film and Literature
- Sound Synthesis and Design
- The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde
- Writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment 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.
A Level AAB-ABB
International Baccalaureate 35-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in the majority of units
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.
French required unless this is to be studied from beginners’ level, in which case applicants should have evidence of language learning ability (e.g. an AS or A-level in another foreign language or GCSE grade A in a foreign language). Native French speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.
Experience and interest in practical theatre must be shown in your application. The following subjects are considered desirable by the department: Dance, Drama, Film, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies or one other humanities subject.
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.
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
Fluency in French is a highly marketable skill and combines well with the communicative and interpersonal skills you gain through Theatre Studies.
Theatre at Lancaster ranks highly for its graduate prospects. Many of our graduates find jobs within theatre - as performers, directors, writers, technicians and administrators - and in associated fields, such as journalism, the media, publishing and advertising. Others work within areas concerned with the social applications of theatre and drama, such as teaching, social work, community arts, drama and dance therapy.
Some graduates use the managerial and interpersonal skills they develop in jobs like personnel and the Civil Service.
If you choose to continue your education, Lancaster offers a number of training courses in practical workplace skills, such as interpreting, and is also a centre of excellence for postgraduate research.
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 MethodsAt Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments designed to best support the requirements of your chosen degree programme. These may include lecture and tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory sessions, other 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, short and sharply focussed critical reports, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Multiple choice formats are also employed where appropriate. 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 2015, 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 2015 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
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
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 Live at LICA 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.