What Will You Study

You will be taught by academic staff who are internationally respected performance practitioners and theorists and you will benefit from the excellent facilities and the access to professional practice provided by our close relationship with ‘Lancaster Arts’, especially the Nuffield Theatre. The unique interdisciplinary environment provided by LICA will enrich your studies and you can either focus solely on Theatre or choose to take some modules in Art, Dance, Design or Film.

The first year serves as a foundation for your studies, introducing theoretical and practical tools and exploring a variety of genres, media and historical periods, ranging from Shakespeare to postmodern theatre. The year culminates in a group performance project. You will also take the LICA-wide module Modernism in the Arts, and a third module from another LICA discipline or from a range of subjects offered across the University.

In your second year you will take the core modules Theatre Techniques, Performance Composition and Critical Reflections (contemporary arts theory) and choose from options including British Theatre (1945-20), Television Drama, Post-war European Playwrights, Performing the Avant-garde, Postmodern Dance and a major production project. In your final year you will, write a dissertation and create a final degree show. Optional modules include New Writing in British Theatre, Sensational Performance, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre, New Scenographies in Performance and Contemporary Dance. In addition to these modules two vocationally orientated modules, LICA Work Placement and Creative Enterprise, are available in your second and final years.