Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts is the academic home for teaching and research activities in Architecture, Art, Design, Film and Theatre.
The Institute provides a supportive and stretching academic environment where a strong research ethos underpins and shapes all activities. It is committed to leading interdisciplinary and international learning and research in architecture, design, contemporary art, theatre, performance, and film studies. Its approaches to the theoretical frameworks for cultural activities rest on rigorous enquiry into creative practice, theory and criticism. Staff, students, and graduates aspire to set agendas in, and make meaningful contributions to, the contemporary arts and design.
The Institute incorporates a design research centre, ImaginationLancaster, which is an exploratory design research lab that conducts applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions. The other research groups, Creative Cultures and Context, and Practice and Performance, focus on understanding and making meaning in the arts, through Fine Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film, Dance and Sound.
The Institute also hosts funded research projects in collaboration with other universities and with other colleagues from Lancaster. The Institute’s research collaborations are worldwide, with collaborative partners from the far west of the Americas to the east of Asia. The Institute participates in a number of Doctoral Training schemes which provide the research student community with funding and an extended network of peers across the UK. Such projects have included the Creative Exchange project with the Royal College of Art and Newcastle University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership with six other North West universities, and the N8 Research Partnership, as one of the eight research-intensive universities in Northern England.
With over 70 students currently registered across the university’s subjects, they are a vital part of the teaching and research environment. They become involved in LICA's undergraduate teaching as well as its research projects.
The Institute runs Master's programmes in Design Management, Arts Management, Film Studies, Architecture and Fine Art, and plans are underway for new programmes in Theatre and Urban Studies. The undergraduate portfolio includes single honours programmes in Architecture, Design, Drama, Theatre and Performance, Fine Art, and Film Studies. In addition, it runs many joint honours schemes, both within the Institute’s own subjects and with other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and also with the Lancaster University Management School. The Institute delivers the Design Interactions BA programme in collaboration with Beijing Jai Tong University in China and validate programmes in Design Communication, Communications, Interior Architecture, and Digital Film Production at Sunway University in Malaysia.
No, this infrastructure does not provide funding.
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