- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
BA(Hons) Theatre at Falmouth is for aspiring actors, performers, directors and producers who want to operate at the forefront of theatrical practice. Built on our Dartington legacy and focused on devised, collaborative, sited and immersive work, this course is for the total theatre-maker.
Renowned for launching the careers of original performers, directors, and internationally leading companies, our course ?covers all aspects of making and producing. By forming student companies, you’ll experience everything from design, construction and rigging through to composition, development, performance and acting. Through workshops, seminars, tutorials and lectures, you’ll learn the physical and technical skills you need to pursue a career in the performance industry, as well as developing an understanding of theatre in historical and contemporary contexts – all the while reflecting on your own work and that of your peers.
Through ensemble work, improvisation and experimentation with different media and technologies, you’ll team up with your fellow students in The Performance Centre community to create work that explores the fundamentals of theatre’s language – space, light, sound and image. Alongside your studio-based work, you’ll have opportunities to work off campus in unusual locations as well as the chance to perform your final projects as part of our public festival showcase.
Your course experience will be enhanced by visiting lecturers, residencies and workshops from professionals drawn from our extensive network. You’ll also complete a placement to hone your professional skills, cultivating an understanding of the vital connection between performers and audiences, communities and cultures, so you graduate ready to excel in the world of professional theatre.
Falmouth’s Theatre programme runs three integrated undergraduate courses: BA(Hons) Theatre, BA(Hons) Music Theatre, and BA(Hons) Acting. The programme is all about making new work and providing a rich and meaningful education through intensive, connected and progressive theatre training. Each course is committed to this objective, which means they all share some core training in voice, movement and improvisation. There is ample opportunity for students to work together and share optional specialist modules from across the programme.
How is the course taught
This is a full-time, hands-on course, delivered through practical workshops and seminars in small groups, one-to-one tutorials and lectures. You’ll also have access to expert lighting, sound and design technical instruction. On top of your course, The Performance Centre offers a range of cutting-edge theatre, music and dance events and activities, designed to inform and inspire your creative development.
- Career as an independent theatre professional
- Freelance work as a theatre director, stage director, actor, writer, choreographer, composer or musical director
- Work as a community arts practitioner
- Career in arts administration or production
- Work in related professions like marketing, advertising and design
- Postgraduate study and teaching
The way we assess you is designed to prepare you for how you’ll make and present work professionally. You’ll demonstrate your academic research, critical thinking and practice through presentations, performances, portfolios, essays and a final dissertation.
Experience you'll get
- Workshops, residencies and lectures with professional performers, companies and directors
- International exchange programme
- Marketing and promotion
- Proposal writing
- National or international work placements
- Public festival showcase
Interview and selection process
All applicants will be invited to a selection day. This will include a practical group workshop, a tour of the Performance Centre and campus, a group interview and a performance by a theatre company.
You will be asked to bring a short prepared piece of text, which will be used in the group improvisation workshop. Applicants should also bring a short review of a contemporary performance.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
Nurtured by our course team, you’ll learn how to experiment and innovate in a safe environment. You’ll gain a broad foundation of theatre contexts and develop your own devised pieces, as well as learn how to constructively critique your own work and that of others.
Developing in confidence and capability, you’ll focus further on the importance of collaboration and teamwork when devising theatre. You’ll also begin to create pieces designed to be performed in specific locations away from the studio and explore how to create performances in diverse environments.
In your final year, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence to negotiate your own off-campus project – which is often abroad – and to challenge yourself by working away from the comfort of the campus. This will prepare you for the professional world, ready for independence and sustainable employment following graduation.