also available in 2017
A Level Requirements
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Full time 3 Year(s)
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 gain critical and creative skills that open up possibilities for working in theatre, while making you highly attractive to a wide range of other employers.
You will be taught by internationally esteemed, award winning theatre practitioners and scholars and will benefit from the outstanding facilities and the access to professional practice provided by our close relationship with Lancaster Arts and with other leading organisations in the creative and cultural industries.
The first year serves as a foundation for your studies, introducing key concepts and practical tools through case studies that explore the development of different modes of acting and theatre production, from Shakespeare to cutting edge contemporary theatre. The year culminates in a group performance project.
In your second year you will take two core practical modules and one introducing you to critical approaches and choose from options including British Theatre (1945-20), Television Drama, Post-war European Playwrights, Performing the Avant-garde, Modern Dance and a major production module. In your final year you will create a final degree show and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Optional modules include New Writing in British Theatre, The Popular, The Political and the Avant-Garde, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre, New Scenographies in Performance and Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts.
In addition, two modules oriented towards employability, LICA Work Placement and Creative Enterprise, are available in your second and final years. The unique interdisciplinary environment provided by LICA also allows you either to focus solely on Theatre or choose to take some modules in Art, Design, Film, or Sound.
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.
A Level AAB-ABB
Required Subjects Theatre, Drama, Dance or Performance are considered desirable but applications from those studying other subjects who can demonstrate experience and interest in practical theatre are welcomed
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
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 with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit, to 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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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.
This module offers students a theoretical and practical foundation for study in years two and three. Students are introduced to a variety of forms and genres of drama, theatre and performance. These range from Shakespearean tragedy, Naturalist theatre, Epic theatre and Artaudian theatre up to and including contemporary works drawn from physical theatre, dance and postdramatic performance. Approaches to these works include the analysis of different modes of acting/performing, uses of space and sites and the creative processes and forms of dance and physical theatre, as well as considerations of historical, social and cultural context. Teaching is by lecture, seminar and practical workshops and the module culminates in a practical project in which students present performances inspired by the practitioners studied during the year.
LICA100 examines the ideas and events underlying the revolutions in the arts which began about the end of the nineteenth century and continued throughout the twentieth. These are still the focus of frequent debate, and have a powerful influence on the arts today. Seminal works and thinkers in art, design, film and theatre will be examined, with particular emphasis on ideas of cross-over and integration between different art forms. Consideration is given to both 'high art' and the popular. You will acquire an understanding of modernism in the arts, enabling a richer appreciation of recent art works and of the context for contemporary arts practices.
For LICA students, this course will sit alongside a module in your particular discipline as a general introduction to study of the contemporary arts. It will emphasise the common background for the developments in Art, Design, Film and Theatre through the 20th century which so profoundly affect our culture today, enabling you both to better understand your particular discipline, and to take certain courses in other disciplines within LICA in your second and third years to broaden your studies, if you wish.
This course provides an introduction to critical theory in the arts and its application to aesthetics and art. The first term concentrates on 'structures' in artworks and the second on 'identities'. The structure of the course is six three-week blocks: (1) Form and Structure, (2) Semiotics and Authorship, (3) Phenomenology and Spectatorship, (4) Sex/uality and Gender, (5) Race and Ethnicity, and (6) Class and Society. Weekly plenary lectures make connections across the arts, and weekly two hour seminar/workshops allow students to work in their subject groups (art, film, theatre, design) on ideas and examples specifically tailored towards these disciplines.
This practical module provides a comprehensive understanding of compositional strategies and methodologies used in making theatre and performance, whether as a performer or as a director, writer or designer. Particular emphasis will be placed on investigating notions of form and structure and on how performance material can be generated through creative strategies of sourcing, developing and editing material towards a completed work. Assessment is through the production of a performance score and a group practical project.
This practical module provides training in two key areas of technique essential to theatre and performance: firstly, movement and voice, and secondly, lighting and sound. Students begin the module by receiving a short three-week introduction to skills in movement and voice and then spend a further three weeks studying basic concepts and techniques in lighting and sound design (or vice versa), before choosing to focus on one of those two areas for the remaining four weeks of the module. Assessment takes the form of a short practical exercise and then a more substantial practical project in the chosen area of study.
This module focuses on the shifting landscape of British theatre in the twentieth century, approached through the conceptualising lens of the state of the nation. It aims to: introduce a decade-by-decade overview of British theatre from 1945 to 2000 by presenting key playwrights and plays; introduce readings of the works which embrace an understanding of both dramatic form and content; situate the works socially and politically. Assessment is by group presentation and written examination.
This module employs the concept of genre as a means of introducing a range of approaches to the textual interpretation and analysis of this important and influential medium. Case studies drawn Soap Opera, Sitcom, Drama Documentary, Crime Drama and Postmodern Television allow for the development of an understanding of the technical and aesthetic means by which meanings are constructed on television and of the socio-cultural and institutional contexts in which these meanings circulate. Assessment is by group presentation and written examination.
The module will enable you to understand how a work environment functions and how you can contribute to this. It will enable you to develop a range of transferable skills and apply your knowledge and understanding to a project linked to your placement organisation.
You will work with an external organisation for between 45 – 60 hours and attend lectures and seminars which will provide you with guidance and support. The placement will take place in a cultural organisation (such as a Gallery, Theatre or Studio) or a schools-based placement in Primary, Secondary or Special Needs dedicated school. The module will provide you with the opportunity to combine practical work and develop your interest in relation to a specific subject related issue. The module will prepare you for placement by providing you with the academic skills that will enable you to reflect upon your experiences.
This module aims to introduce key issues and practical skills in the production of video for media, performance, new media art and documentary film. The module will introduce the historical and practical applications of media technologies in art, theatre and performance by presenting the key practitioners in the areas of installation, multimedia performance, video, and new media art.
A group practical project will introduce the use of video cameras, filming and editing, project planning, team work and the practical use of installation technologies. The module offers students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to produce a short film, performance, installation or documentary, including video and other media where appropriate.
This module combines theoretical and practical approaches to provide an introduction to some of the greatest American and German modern dance pioneers of the twentieth century. It compares their systems of technical training, choreographic methods, signature dance works, and considers the relationship of those systems, methods and works to the social context and philosophical ideas of their time. Assessment is through the choreography and performance of a short trio, and an essay. The module prepares students for more advanced dance and physical theatre projects in later modules.
This module combines theoretical and practical approaches to explore the historical avant-garde. Key examples from each of the selected movements (e.g. Futurism, Dada, Surrealism) allow for an examination of the ways in which the avant-garde engaged with the disciplines of performance, fine art, film, design and sound in creating its diverse practices. Assessment is through practical workshop and essay.
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Taught through lectures, seminars and practical workshops, this module explores trends in post-World-War-II European Playwriting through studying key texts by major playwrights from Samuel Beckett to Heiner Müller. It develops an understanding of terms such as Theatre of the Absurd, Documentary Theatre and Memory Theatre by focusing on the texts’ experimental dramaturgies and their implications for performance. Key texts and playwrights will be situated in terms of the varied historical, political, aesthetic and philosophical contexts from which they emerged. Assessment is by group practical presentation and essay.
This practical module is designed to allow students to work collectively to produce an original performance piece informed by material studied in the second year as a whole. Students are supported by a supervisor who will provide feedback on progress throughout the module.
This practical module stands at the pinnacle of the whole Theatre programme. Students work in groups on an intensive practical project that will lead to public performances in the Nuffield Theatre at the end of the Lent Term, although performances in alternative locations are possible. Groups work with the support of the module convener and with a supervisor.
This core module is directed towards completion of an independent research project on a topic of the student’s choice, presented in the form of a dissertation. The course is taught through lecture/seminars focused on research skills and one-to-one supervision.
The module has two purposes. Firstly, it explores methods of improvising or choreographing movement from the practice and study of drawing, and, reciprocally, approaches to drawing that emerge from the experience of movement and the analysis of motion. This is assessed through either a staff-supervised, student-led group choreographic project with documentation or, alternatively, a portfolio of drawings presented at the end of the module. Secondly, the module examines exemplary twentieth and twenty-first century works in which choreographers have collaborated with visual artists. This part of the module is assessed through an essay. Teaching is through lecture, seminar and practical compositional exercises in movement and drawing.
This module combines theoretical and practical approaches to explore important European writers, directors and companies by studying their innovative dramaturgies, scenographies, uses of ‘no longer dramatic’ text, and new acting/performing styles. These aesthetic forms are also discussed in relation to the performances’ thematic and political concerns with developments such as globalization and late capitalism, increasing mediatisation, (anti-)immigration, terrorism and the war on terror and ecological concerns, as well as with the enduring memories of the Second World War and a European history of colonialism. Teaching is through lecture, seminar and practical workshop and assessment is by practical presentation and by seen examination.
This module provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the innovative ways in which creative practitioners produce and deliver their work. It will provide an overview of the challenges faced by freelance practitioners, producers and small cultural companies within the creative industries. You will also develop a working understanding of the key management and enterprise skills involved in delivering creative projects. Working in groups you will put your learning into practice through the delivery of your own live creative arts project. This will enable you to understand the skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviours relevant for employment in the arts and creative industries.
This module combines theoretical and practical approaches to explore new scenographic approaches to contemporary performance. The course is structured to introduce students to the theories and histories of scenography and then progresses to locate scenography through the theatre, through technology and finally in relation to site. The module is focuses around four cutting edge contemporary theatre companies (e.g. The Wooster Group, Need Company, Imitating the Dog) used as paradigms to introduce students to the ways in which text, the body, light, visual/spatial organization, technology and choreography are used as scenographic tools to create specific and unique instances of contemporary performance. Teaching is through lecture, seminar and practical workshop and assessment is by practical workshop and seen exam.
British theatre attaches particular importance to new writers and new plays. This module aims to explore the evolution of a ‘new writing’ culture from the mid- to late nineties through to the early years of the twenty first century by examining a representative range of playwrights and plays. Questions of form will be explored but the course also examines the urgent contemporary issues that have come to figure in the new writing landscape – issues such as gender, race, sexuality, self-hood, family, nation and globalisation. Assessment is by group presentation and seen exam.
This module introduces students to a selection of genres of contemporary popular performance and explores the implications of the aesthetic overlap and cross fertilisation between these forms and modes of performance usually defined as political, ‘avant-garde’ or experimental. Exemplary case studies may include Stand-up, Musical Theatre, New Burlesque, New Circus, Immersive Theatre and Fairground attractions. These case studies will be explored with reference to the historical development of these forms, their contemporary elaborations and in relation to issues such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and globalisation. Teaching is through lectures, seminars and practical exercises and assessment is by group presentation and exam.
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.
Theatre at Lancaster is one of the most highly ranked in the subject area for graduate employment. The performance, creative, communication and entrepreneurial skills developed by our Theatre degree and our strong links to professional practice open up a wide range of jobs in the creative and cultural industries and in many other employment sectors.
Many of our graduates work in a wide variety of roles within theatre and performance - as performers, directors, dramaturgs, writers, producers, technicians or administrators - while others are employed in television, film and digital media, journalism and publishing, or in teaching, social work, community arts and drama and dance therapy. A Theatre degree at Lancaster gives graduates the confidence and capability to produce work for themselves and a significant number go on the set up their own theatre companies, or small, thriving businesses. Lancaster graduates successfully progress onto PGCE, MA, MPhil and PhD courses, either at Lancaster or at other high quality national institutions.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2017 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. 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:
Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.
Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.
Bursaries for life, living and learning:
Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.
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
Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018.
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.