Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

UCAS Code
W511
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Admissions
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk

Focusing on innovative choreographic practices that bridge the boundaries between art forms, Dance & Choreography at Falmouth gives you the creative edge you need to excel in today's interdisciplinary world of choreography.

You'll enjoy a high level of both physical technique training and expert choreography instruction. Your practice will be informed by lectures, workshops and projects designed to enhance your theoretical and contextual understanding of dance, while visiting speakers, companies and lecturers will provide regular sources of inspiration.

Our extensive networks and partnerships offer the chance to collaborate with some extraordinary institutions and companies, and ultimately prepare graduates for careers in choreography, the arts, education and cultural sectors.

How is the course taught

Dance & Choreography is part of the integrated Dance programme at Falmouth that includes BA(Hons) Dance & Performance and BA(Hons) Dance & Communities.

All courses follow the same first year, providing a thorough grounding in technique and skills, and a framework of contextual, practical and written projects in the final year. This allows you to specialise in the second and third years while maintaining a sense of focus and identification with the Dance programme as a whole.

What you'll do

Year 1

The contact-intensive first year provides a physically focused foundation in techniques including contemporary and release technique, ballet and anatomy, yoga, pilates, improvisation and somatic approaches to movement. In addition, you'll benefit from a theoretical basis in the contexts behind performance, as well as the opportunity to explore site-based dance and choreography.

Year 2

Building on the intensive technical and skills training covered in your first year, specialist modules in year 2 offer directed, supervised and self-generated approaches to dance and choreography. Teaching contact is maintained at 25 hours per week, divided into studio work, lectures, seminars and performance projects.

You'll continue to develop your technical ability in dance and bodywork, while developing your choreographic skills through intensive direction and collaborative projects. A Dance on Screen module provides instruction in film and editing techniques as well as the opportunity to choreograph for the screen. Throughout the year you'll expand your knowledge of performance analysis and technique histories in addition to developing a proposal for independent choreographic practice in context in year 3.

Year 3

Following the independent practice in context module at the beginning of the year, Dance & Choreography provides continuing technique and bodywork classes. These equip you for your final dissertation and professional practice project, while the complementary practices module prepares you for your graduate career – offering a web or print platform for you to document and publicise your practice.

Facilities

The Performance Centre has three dance studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors, production lighting, projection and sound facilities, as well as other studios and performance spaces.

Experience you'll get

You'll receive daily technique and bodywork classes, artist-led projects, visiting artist workshops and residencies, as well as exchange opportunities in the EU and USA. These include exchanges and internships with HZT/University of the Arts (Berlin), ArtEZ (Arnhem), TEAK (Helsinki), LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore), ADU (Zagreb), HAMU (Prague) and Barcelona International Dance Exchange.

Assessment

Assessment is both written and practical, using a variety of methods ranging from essays and research trails, to performances, teaching practice and video projects.

Assessed practical work is shown in either a studio context to staff and peers, or to a public audience.

Staff

Coordinated by Malaika Sarco-Thomas, core staff include Katrina Brown, Simon Birch and Lois Taylor. Ramsay Burt, Andrea Bozic, Siobhan Davies, Theo Clinkard and Panta Rei Dance Theatre are among this year's visiting lecturers and workshop providers, while national and international project collaborators include Becky Edmunds, Tomaz Simatovic, Jorge Crecis, Angus Balbernie, Emilyn Claid, Liz Aggiss, Tavaziva Dance and Gabriele Reuter.

Careers

  • Freelance choreographer
  • Company founder
  • Dance companies, theatre, film, opera, TV or music videos
  • Teaching, cultural industries or further studies

Interview and selection process

Selection days will be held on:

  • 9 December 2013
  • 27 January 2014
  • 12 and 19 February 2014
  • 5 March 2014

We will continue to schedule selection days as long as places are still available.

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Dance and Choreography group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk