The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) at Falmouth University is a vibrant, entrepreneurial and industry-connected hub for actors, musicians, producers, composers, dancers, theatre performers, lighting and sound designers, theatre technicians and entertainment managers in training.
We have an international reputation for excellence that attracts some of the world’s top artists and educators. Our courses develop sound practical skills and techniques in your discipline alongside a depth of contextual knowledge. Our multidisciplinary environment enables creative collaborative relationships with your peers. Our commitment is to create flexible, responsive, resilient, inquiring, skilful, innovative graduates who can not only make a living in their chosen discipline but also help to redefine it.
We have close working relationships with Island Records, Yamaha, Solid State Logic, Native Instruments, Cooking Vinyl, RouteNote, Music Ally, Kneehigh Theatre, Wildworks, Simon Birch Dance, Prodigal Theatre, Theo Clinkard, Siobhan Davies, Prototype Theatre, The Hall for Cornwall and a host of national and international arts, music and theatre organisations and companies. We are dedicated to the delivery of performance, education and research across theatre, dance, music and technical theatre arts.
You'll be encouraged to work and mix with courses right across the University's arts spectrum. AMATA students benefit from close working collaborations with The School of Film & Television, Digital Gaming and Animation, having access to green screen and motion capture facilities that prepare you for established and emerging career paths in a digital future. You will be empowered to source and recognise industry opportunities and also to be instrumental in creating them.
AMATA is also a professional venue that hosts a year-round performance programme attracting top artists and performers from all over the world. Recent seasons have seen sell-out shows from leading companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, Wardrobe Ensemble, Belarus Free Theatre, Forced Entertainment, Kneehigh, and concerts from groups and ensembles including Cara Dillon, Sheelanigig, Bellatrix, Jana Winderen, BSO, Seckou Keita, Adrian Utley, Neil Halstead, Bill Drummond, Rei Nakamura, Troy Miller and Graham Fitkin.
We offer some of the most sophisticated facilities in Europe, with 11 performance and rehearsal spaces, an additional large flexible theatre space, over 650 square metres of sprung dance floors and a recording complex housing a range of digital and analogue technologies with four control rooms and multiple live rooms.
You'll be supported by professionally prominent staff and guest lecturers, many of whom are award-winning and internationally celebrated practitioners and artistes. Our recent guest lecturers have included Darcus Beese, (Island Records), Emma Rice, (Globe Theatre), Jude Kelly, (South Bank Centre), Michael Grandage, Gecko Theatre, Rosemary Lee, Christopher Bruce, Company Chameleon, Gil Norton, Clint Murphy Productions, David Toop, The Spotlight and Universal Music. Our core staff have founded companies such as Lone Twin, Living Structures, Simon Birch Dance and the Solo Performance Forum and many continue to perform and work in all aspects of industry.
Our graduates progress to industry-leading and award-winning companies such as Island Records, Warner Music, Universal Music, Cooking Vinyl, BBC, Glassnote Records, Soundtree and Dance Republic 2. Music graduates such as IDER and Tony Njoku are featuring in festivals such as Boardmasters and Green Man.