Course Overview

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.

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