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.


  • Regular technique training throughout your three years of study
  • Strong emphasis on performance and choreographic techniques 
  • State-of-the-art dance studios, each with production lighting, projection and sound facilities, based within our Academy of Music and Theatre Arts 
  • Optional extra-curricular collaboration opportunities with Technical Theatre Arts, Film, Photography, Games and Fashion departments
  • Teaching staff who are practicing in the industry, and vibrant visiting practitioner enhancement workshops

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£100 (books), £100 (dancewear) - Recurring annual costs

The Practical Research Project in your third year offers you the opportunity for independent or collaborative research which may include an optional placement activity you organise. You may elect to pursue a placement chosen from a variety of settings such as dance companies, regional dance organisations, community arts companies, schools and colleges, health organisations, clubs, cruise ships, musical theatre shows and artist residencies. With support from tutors and the employability team at Falmouth, you may choose to initiate and develop business networks to benefit your chosen area of study and post-graduate career in dance and choreography. Typical cost would be based on accommodation, travel and subsistence (if placement located outside of Falmouth/Cornwall).

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 to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W511 

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all eligible applicants to attend an audition and perform dance work. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you'll see more information about these requirements.

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

Decision method
This course requires all eligible applicants to attend an audition and perform dance work. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview. The audition will start with a technique class. Following the technique class, you wil break into small groups and be asked to develop your phrase of dance movement with others. There will also be a creative workshop, and an individual interview. Individual interviews are normally ten minutes each. We aim to make the audition an enjoyable and challenging dance experience for all involved. You can expect to be here for about 3 hours.

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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How the course is taught 

The course structure develops physical, technical and critical capabilities through technique classes and performance training alongside workshops, lectures and seminars on dance histories, theories and contexts.

You are expected to work both as individuals and as part of a collaborative team, working together to share knowledge and develop an understanding of co-operative practice and teamwork inherent within professional practice.

Intensive projects, workshops and performances take place throughout the course to provide inspirational educational experiences with guest artists, lecturers and companies.

You'll be provided with a practical training in, and education through a questioning, reflective and engaged approach to dance performance and choreographic arts practice for the future. By the end of the course you will know how to source and recognise industry opportunities as well as be instrumental in creating them. As a graduate you will define the future of dance and will have the adaptive skills to do so.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
241%59% 0%


How you'll be assessed 

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


Course outline

This practice-led course offers you the unique opportunity to actively perform, choreograph, devise and work with cross-disciplinary practices through specialist input into the core and option modules. Additionally, modules have specialist input from visiting lecturers/practitioners in areas such as voice, theatre and film.

The course offers students the opportunity to engage with our industry partners and professionals through workshops, guest directors, guest talks, and optional extra-curricular opportunities with Film, Photography, Games, and Fashion departments. Graduates often gain work and important network connections due to these enhancement opportunities.

The key aim is to allow you to integrate inter-disciplinary practice into your working practice and offer you a wider palette of experience to prepare you for collaborations you may encounter in the professional industry.

What you'll do

Year one (foundational)

The first year provides solid grounding in skills and techniques of dance performance and choreography. It is based on a set of modules which provide you with a focused, physically-based experience. In addition to regular body-work classes, you are encouraged to explore and challenge your ideas of performance and choreography through studio practice (individual and group work), lectures and seminars.

You'll also get the opportunity to engage with site-based practices in a variety of settings and locations and to develop strategies for making connections between practice and theory in preparation for year two.

  • Contemporary Techniques & Improvisation 1 
  • Performance & Choreographic Practice 
  • Embodied Learning: Theories & Practices 
  • Contemporary Techniques & Improvisation 2 
  • Dance Cultures, Histories & Practices 
  • Site-based Practices

Year two (specialist skills)

You'll get involved with a range of directed, supervised and self-generated dance and performance-based projects and processes. Building on the intensive physical training in year one, you'll continue to develop your technical and skills training through applied techniques while developing your specialist interest in choreography or performance and its cross-disciplinary contexts. You'll be offered choices between choreographic modules or performance oriented modules. 

  • Performance & Choreographic Skills 
  • Devising Performance or Choreography in Context 
  • Dance Futures 
  • Applied Techniques 
  • Cross-disciplinary Performance or Choreographing the Screen 
  • Researching Dance: theories & practices

Year three (towards independence)

You'll take charge of your own learning by pursuing individual research trajectories and becoming independent practitioners through collaborative projects, ongoing advanced physical training, and creative and choreographic processes. You'll develop your ideas in a variety of forms including a written research project. This project encourages in-depth research into a chosen field within dance and choreography, producing effective communicators ready to articulate your practice with confidence. A professional practice project allows you to realise your potential at a professional level to produce, market, choreograph and perform work to launch your professional future.

  • Written Research Project
  • Practical Research Project
  • Advanced Bodywork 1
  • Advanced Bodywork 2 Professional Practice Project


  • Two 200-capacity flexible performance spaces
  • 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios
  • 700m2 of fully sprung dance floors
  • Analogue and digital recording complex
  • Breakout areas

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You'll be taught by a dedicated team of dance practitioners and academics. Collectively, their industry experience spans across current practices in contemporary dance training, choreographic practices, site-specific practice, dance in communities and multidisciplinary work including theatre, film and drawing.

Staff are active practitioners in their own right with profiles including Candoco Dance Co, Simon Birch Dance Co, Cscape Dance Co, Freefall Dance Co, Goat Island, DanceSpace Bristol, and People Dancing. You will also benefit from their extensive research expertise and pioneering work in performance and choreographic approaches.


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 alumni have gone on to secure residencies, commissions and internships with Dance4, Dance Base, Yorkshire Dance, Motion Bank/Forsythe Company in Frankfurt, London's Jerwood Space, and Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York.

They've toured across the UK and Europe, made work at BIDE in Barcelona, the Edinburgh Fringe and Battersea Arts Centre, and received commissions and funding from Arts Council England. Many are leading the sector as successful freelance dancers or choreographers, and as company founders and facilitators.

Additional graduate destinations include:

  • Freelance dancers, choreographers or community facilitators
  • Graduate start-up and independent dance or performance company founders
  • Dance production or management consultants
  • Working with established dance, theatre, film, opera, TV, music and production companies
  • Arts and health practitioners
  • Teaching

Work or study placements

We encourage you to establish your own professional networks. This may include negotiating work placements that you undertake during vacations, through the ERASMUS exchange scheme in your second year, or through a specified module, Practical Research Project, in your third year.

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

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