Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)

Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Status
Subject to validation during this academic year

Theatre & Performance is for imaginative artistes, actors, performers and theatre makers who want to create new and original work for the theatre and other spaces.

You'll gain a thorough grounding in practical performance skills and production contexts whilst developing your own personal specialisations and collaborations. You'll be taught by some of the world's most celebrated theatre companies and makers, enabling awareness and confidence within a broad range of performance contexts. The course will nurture and enable students with diverse interests to participate in ensemble projects that will develop individual talent and skill within a communal endeavour.

Benefits

  • AMATA is a working venue, offering a year-round public programme of diverse theatre, music, dance and other events
  • Opportunity to develop solo work and to create, maintain and develop your professional profile
  • You'll work with AMATA's highly experienced resident technical team
  • Unique opportunities to work with incoming companies and practitioners

How the course is taught

Taught in practical workshops, supported by contextual lectures and seminars, the course will allow you to identify and develop your individual skills and talents within a creative and supportive community.

The course offers an ideal balance between practice and theory and incorporates lectures and seminars from some of the theatre world's most distinguished academics. It offers a unique position to students, offering the benefits of conservatoire practice with the contextual knowledge of the academy.

Course outline

AMATA is a working venue, offering a year-round public programme that creates a range of opportunities, including workshops with visiting companies and practitioners and heavily discounted tickets for shows. You'll be immersed in a multi-disciplinary creative environment alongside dancers, actors, technicians, musicians and performers. We'll encourage you to collaborate with Falmouth students from a range of subjects, including Film & Television, Digital Gaming, Animation and Fashion.

As a Theatre & Performance student, you'll benefit from established national industry contacts such as Michael Grandage, Emma Rice and Dawn French. You'll also benefit from collaborative relationships with Cornish production companies such as Hall For Cornwall, Kneehigh Theatre, the Minack Theatre, the Eden project and Miracle Theatre.

What you'll do

Year 1

Your first year will focus on acting, performance and making skills together with contemporary approaches to classical text and ensemble performance. You'll take classes in voice, movement and acting and will also develop your ability to generate original material. You'll gain a contextual knowledge of theatre methodologies of the 20th and 21st centuries from Stanislavski to current modes.

  • Performance skills
  • Making skills
  • Performance, culture & contexts
  • Contemporary performance practices and concepts
  • Play texts
  • Ensemble performance

Year 2

In your second year, you'll continue to build your abilities, continuing the voice, movement and acting classes and adding the study and practice of dramaturgy and directing. There will be additional modules in solo performance, immersive theatre and technical theatre skills.

  • Technical theatre
  • The performer's body
  • Solo performance
  • Modes of making
  • Immersive and participatory theatre
  • Theatre futures

Year 3

Your final year will focus on creating companies, personal professional development and a final year professional showcase production which will be part of the AMATA public festival. You'll benefit from contact and collaboration with the AMATA technical teams and the technical theatre students who will work together to facilitate the showcase productions. Masterclasses and guest industry practitioners will work with the final year students in workshops and masterclasses.

  • Creating companies
  • Professional development
  • Master classes
  • Student-led research
  • Professional production

Facilities

AMATA building is open seven days a week from 8.00-22.00, Monday to Saturday and 9.00-22.00 on Sundays.

  • 11 equipped performance studios
  • Recording studio with four control rooms
  • 11 practice rooms
  • Computer labs for CAD and audio software
  • Scenery workshop
  • Technical resource stores that stock a wide range of microphones for recording and live voice and music
  • Digital Audio Workstations, PA Systems, mixing desks, lighting kits, portable dimmers, cameras, projectors, musical instruments
  • There will also be opportunities to work alongside students from the School of Film & Television which houses a TV Studio and Cinema.

Staff

You'll be taught by a dedicated team of professional theatre-makers, devisers, directors and actors along with theatre-focused academics. Some staff are experienced theatre artistes and have experience of either creating or working for international and nationally recognised companies. You'll also benefit from their extensive research expertise and pioneering approaches to theatre making, as well as from staff who run their own theatre companies and collectives.

Careers

  • Theatre companies - engaged with a range of types of theatre
  • Freelance practitioners - solo performance makers etc
  • Production contexts - houses/companies/festivals etc
  • Applied Theatre contexts - community contexts etc
  • Theatre and education - teaching/facilitation
  • Theatre and performance scholarship - postgraduate activities
  • Broad theatre and cultural contexts; project management, creative facilitation
  • Transferable skills - facilitation (creative and otherwise) project management, communication

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 Acting group (as this is a brand new course, the first year's cohort will be matched with Student Mentors from closely related course within the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts). 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 using our enquiry form