Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

Dance & Choreography_Main
UCAS Code
W511
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

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 be 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.

Benefits

  • Intensive, practice-led course offering daily technique training
  • Practice in a live venue that attracts international talent
  • Daily technique and bodywork classes
  • Lectures and workshops from visiting experts and artists
  • International exchange opportunities in the EU, USA and further afield
  • Artist-led performance, choreographic and community projects
  • Opportunities to initiate independent projects and performances

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
153%47%0%
258%42% 0%
326%74%0% 

 

How you'll be assessed 

 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%58%42%
20%68%32%
3 0%50%50%

 

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 daily class, 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, yoga, Pilates, and approaches to embodied learning.

Complementing this, you'll explore and study dance cultures and histories, and take projects and workshops in studio and site-based dance performance and choreography. At the end of your first year you'll choose a specialism that enables you to explore an area of dance practice in depth.

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, community 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.

Each of the pathways enable you to continue daily dance and bodywork classes.

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 dancer and perfomer.

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 research projects and case studies. The end of the year presents an opportunity to develop a proposal for a choice of independent or group practice-in-context projects in the first semester of year three.

Year Three

Following your specialism, you'll embark on an independent practical research project alongside an independent written research paper, allowing you to expand your exploration of a specific area of interest.

During your final semester, technique classes, lectures and tutorials help to equip you for your final written research and practical projects. You'll present these at the annual AMATA Showcase Festival.

Alongside your final performance, you'll follow a module which prepares you for your graduate career – you'll create a web or print portfolio platform for you to document and publicise your work.

Facilities

  • 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
  • Access to the Centre for Performance Research Resource Centre with its unique collection of books, videos and journals on contemporary performance
  • An excellent café

Staff

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, Andrea Bozic, Daniel Squire, Katie Duck and Alfredo Genovesi, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Theo Clinkard, Malcolm Manning, Panta Rei Dance Theatre, Charlotte Eatock, Sarah Whatley, Tracey Warr, Rosemary Lee and Siobhan Davies.

Assessment

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

Careers

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 companies, theatre, film, opera, TV or music videos
  • Teaching, cultural industries or further studies
  • Dance production or management consultants
  • Dance or movement workshop leaders
  • 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 disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international 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 studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk