Lancaster University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Drama, Theatre and Performance (Placement Year)

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Course summary

Why Lancaster?

  • Study cutting-edge contemporary theatre and discover how you can make a real difference in society through performance
  • Benefit from our close relationship with leading creative and cultural organisations such as Lancaster Arts, the Dukes Theatre and leading professional theatre companies
  • Graduate from a top university with a CV packed with practical experience
  • Perform in group-devised projects each year, leading up to our final degree show
  • Learn in a department with 100% student satisfaction for two years running in the National Student Survey (2021 and 2022)
We believe that theatre is more than an art form. It can make a difference to society, influence people and help to create change. We equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to be ground-breaking practitioners, and they go on to exciting careers within the creative and cultural industries. Theatre for a changing world We teach drama with a focus on experimental 20th and 21st-century theatre and performance. Through practical and theoretical investigation, you’ll gain knowledge of many modes of acting and theatre production. The ability to choose from a wide range of modules – from Theatre for Social Change, Community Theatre and Visual Theatre to Performing Texts and Environmental Performance – makes this a really flexible degree. Your degree is based in the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, and in this rich creative environment you can focus solely on theatre or take the opportunity to combine with modules in art, film or related subject areas. You will be taught by professional theatre practitioners and top academics, and benefit from their links to leading creative and cultural organisations. Our Creative Enterprise module allows you to work on a live project to deliver a creative arts initiative in the community. This kind of experience is great for your personal development and your CV. Your Placement Year Sometimes known as a year in industry, your placement year will take place between your second and final year of study and this will extend your degree to four years. A placement year is an excellent way to... • try out a role that you may be interested in as a career path • start to build your professional network (some placement students are offered permanent roles to return to after they graduate) • develop skills, knowledge and experience to put you ahead of the field when you graduate You'll spend your third year... in a paid, graduate-level position, where you’ll work for between nine and twelve months in the type of role that you might be considering for after you graduate. A very wide range of companies and organisations offer placements across all sectors. As a full-time employee, you’ll have a detailed job description with specific responsibilities and opportunities to access training and development, the same as other employees. Our Careers and Placements Team… will help you to secure a suitable placement with expert advice and resources, such as creating an effective CV, and tips for applications and interviews. You will still be a Lancaster University student during your placement and we’ll keep in touch to check how you are getting on. The university will... use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

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