What Will You Study
Lancaster's degree in Theatre and Creative Writing is taught jointly by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) and the Department of English and Creative Writing. It combines the study of Theatre with the writing of original and imaginative fiction, poetry or plays. These two different focuses reinforce and complement each other.
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 practical and academic approaches. You will be taught by internationally esteemed, award winning theatre practitioners and scholars and 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.
Your Creative Writing courses are taught by a team of widely published authors through a combination of lectures, readings, practice and discussion in regular tutor-led workshops. Your degree includes an Introduction to Creative Writing in your first year, and in your second and third years of study you will choose additional genre-specific units such as Short Fiction, Poetry Writing or Creative Non-fiction.
You will begin your degree with core courses including, an Introduction to Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. In your second year you’ll move on to subjects such as Theatre Techniques, Performance Composition, Work Placement, Intermediate Creative Writing and Critical Reflections. You will then complete your degree by choosing from a selection of Theatre and Creative Writing modules on offer including a final year theatre production module.
You also have the opportunity to spend your second year abroad at one of our partner universities in North America or Australia. The year abroad counts fully towards your Lancaster degree.
- Design : BA Hons
- Drama, Theatre and Performance : BA Hons
- English Language and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : 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
- Fine Art and Theatre : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Film : BA Hons
- French Studies and Theatre : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : 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 English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Film : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Theatre : 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)
- Creative Non-Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Documentary Drawing
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- LICA Work Placement
- Media & Performance
- Modern Dance
- Performance Composition
- Performing the Avant-Garde
- Poetry: Genre and Practice
- Short Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Theatre Practice
- Theatre Techniques
- Writing place and landscape
- Advanced Short Story: Form and Practice
- Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
- Arts, Health and Wellbeing
- Classic Hollywood: The Studio Era
- Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre
- Creative Enterprise
- Creative Non-Fiction II
- Film Theory
- Hollywood and beyond: Global cinema
- Longer Fiction: Skills and Techniques for Approaching a Novel
- Music and TV Advertising
- Narrative and New Media
- Poetry and Experiment
- Silent Cinema
- The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde
- Writing/Reading Poetry
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 including Creative Writing, English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature
International Baccalaureate 35-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including Higher Level Literature study
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit plus Advanced level English Literature or English Language
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.
Advanced/Higher level Literature study is required for entry. Evidence of engagement in Creative Writing is essential on application. The following subjects are considered desirable by the department: 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.
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 email@example.com
A Theatre and Creative Writing degree gives graduates the capability to work independently and collaboratively in a wide range of professions. Our graduates have become professional performers, choreographers, dramaturgs, technicians, directors and published novelists, poets and playwrights; community artists; administrators and producers of arts events; and therapists, teachers, lecturers and researchers.
You will also be able to develop key transferable skills, such as creative thinking, communication, project design and group management, as well as research, analysis, and critical writing. These skills will make you extremely attractive to a wide range of employers, including those within the different creative and cultural industries which now forms a large part of the UK’s economy. In addition, you will gain invaluable qualities such as a sharp kinaesthetic and literary intelligence, honed through constant creative practice and academic analysis, which will enable you to respond to any situation with far greater clarity and confidence that would otherwise have been possible.
Many of our Theatre and Creative Writing graduates progress to postgraduate degrees, to become academics, lecturers and teachers, whilst others train further in performance or creative writing.
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 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.