What Will You Study

Lancaster’s combined four-year Spanish 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 Spanish-speaking country, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture.

Your Spanish Studies courses will develop your proficiency in written and spoken Spanish while exploring the society, culture, history and politics of Spain and Latin-America.  In Theatre, you’ll expand your understanding and creative abilities through a stimulating mix of practical and academic study, 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 contacts with the creative 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 the core modules Spanish Language (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced) and Introduction to Theatre Studies as well as an introduction to Hispanic culture studies. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as Spanish Language: Oral and Written skills, 'Power and Resistance in Spain and Spanish America', and a comparative modules, such as 'Understanding Culture' or 'Cinema and Society in Europe and Latin America: Thematic and Formal Perspectives'.

In Theatre you will be able to choose from a wide range of courses including Theatre Techniques, Performance Composition, a Theatre production module, British Theatre and the State of the Nation, Post-war European Playwrights, Performing the Avant-garde, and TV Drama. You can also take a dedicated Work Placement module to enhance your employability. 


Your 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 with Spanish courses such as Spanish Language: Written and Oral Skills and a choice of specialist culture modules, such as and Latin America and Spain on Film: Masculinities and Violence in context. Alongside this you will be able to choose Theatre modules such as Applied Theatre Practice, Creative Enterprise, The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde, New Writing in British Theatre, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre and New Scenographies in Performance and Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts.