Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

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Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
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01326 254350

Take part in an inspirational, creative and educational experience that focuses on innovative performance and choreographic practices, underpinned by a thorough grounding in dance techniques.

During this practice-led course you'll become equipped with the skills, experience and confidence to become an adaptable and creative dancer, choreographer and communicator. You'll develop your physical, technical and critical capabilities through daily technique classes and performance training. You'll also learn through lectures and seminars on dance histories, theories and contexts. Through intensive projects, workshops and performances you'll make and perform works for a range of audiences and environments.


  • Practice in a live venue that attracts international artists
  • Lectures and workshops from visiting professional practitioners 
  • Opportunities to initiate independent projects and performances
  • Cross departmental collaborations
  • State of the art facilities

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£70 - Recurring annual costs

£50-£200 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)

£300 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How the course is taught 


How you'll spend your time 


YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
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How you'll be assessed 


Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     


Course outline

The Dance & Choreography course begins with a foundational first year. This provides you with a thorough grounding in technique and skills at levels appropriate to the experience you bring with you.

From the start, you're involved in the three core strands of teaching and learning that run through the course: techniques and bodywork, theories and contexts, and projects and performance. These strands are taught through technique classes, intensive projects, workshops and performances, in lectures and seminars, and in individual and group tutorials.

In the second year and third years of the course you'll specialise either in Performance or Choreography, whilst maintaining a strong sense of focus and involvement with the dance programme as a whole.

Our emphasis on combining physical practices and creative collaboration with critical thinking and context, enables you to take charge of your own development in relation to others. You'll explore and extend your individual movement language, discuss your training and academic needs with tutors, and decide on your future pathways.

What you'll do

Year One

The first year offers high levels of contact time in the studio and focuses on the acquisition of physical techniques and skills. You'll practice contemporary techniques and improvisation, ballet and additional supplementary physical training.

Complementing this, you'll explore and study dance cultures and histories, take part in projects and workshops in studio and site-based dance performance and choreography.

Year Two

The specialist modular pathways in the second year are designed to involve you in a range of directed, supervised and self-generated approaches to dance and performance or dance and choreography.

You'll continue to develop your skills and abilities in technique and bodywork, lectures and critical seminars, and in intensive performance or choreographic projects. The pathways enable you to research and investigate techniques and skills, theories and contexts, and modes of performance, composition and audience engagement that inform and shape your chosen specialism.

Dance & Performance allows you to focus as a dancer on performance skills, experience working with professional choreographers, and explore cross-disciplinary project work to support your development as a performer.

Dance & Choreography enables you to develop your choreographic skills through intensive directed and collaborative projects. Working with video, sound and editing techniques equips you to choreograph for the screen and for other media.

Throughout the year you'll expand your knowledge of the theories and contexts of dance through a variety of lectures, seminars and research projects. 

Year Three

During third year you'll expand your skills through collaborative projects, advanced physical training and creative and choreographic processes. 

Technique classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials help to equip you for your final written research and practical projects.  You will embark on an independent practical research project, a written research paper and a choreographic/performance project to be presented at the annual AMATA Showcase Festival.


  • Four state-of-the-art dance studios with fully sprung Harlequin floors
  • Two large (250m2) studios and two smaller (110m2) studios - each equipped with production lighting, projection and sound facilities
  • A range of other studios, performance spaces and recording studios
  • An excellent café


The dance programme is staffed by a core team of tutors and associate lecturers with active professional and research connections to local, national and international dance networks.

Our core staff lead the course and its specialist pathways, and our associate lecturers are drawn from the vibrant regional independent dance and performance scene.

The dance programme enjoys a wide variety of visiting lecturers and workshop leaders such as Ramsay Burt, Daniel Squire, Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi, Theo Clinkard, Company Chameleon, Ballet Lorent, Dan Canham, Charlotte Eatock, Sarah Whatley, Aakash Odedora Becky Edmunds, Rosemary Lee and Siobhan Davies.


Assessment is both practical and written, using a variety of methods ranging from presentations of practical work, essays and case studies, to performances and video projects.

Assessed practical work is shown in either a studio context to staff and peers or to public audiences both on and off the campus.


Our BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course gives you the skills, experience and confidence to enter and contribute to the creative economy at local, national, and international levels as creative thinkers and practitioners.

  • Freelance dancers, choreographers or community facilitators
  • Graduate start-up and independent dance or performance company founders 
  • Working with established dance, theatre, film and production companies
  • Teaching/lecturing/workshop leaders 
  • Further/postgraduate studies 
  • Arts and health practitioners

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 mentors can be reached on the Dance & Choreography BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to