Push boundaries and become a progressive actor in a highly creative, collaborative and supportive environment. Based in a vibrant, creative community, you’ll develop an in-depth range of acting techniques for theatre, performance and recorded media.
|Course Duration||3 years|
With an emphasis on self-reflection and the skills needed to succeed as a 21st century actor in a fast-moving industry, our practicing staff will help you develop your individual talents and support you in creating your own work.
- Have access to green screen and motion capture facilities as well as collaborative opportunities with our School of Film & Television and Games Academy.
- Attend performances and workshops led by world-class artists such as the Michael Grandage Company, WildWorks, Prodigal and Gecko Theatre.
- Enhance your employability as we prepare you for a professional career in the acting industry.
- Benefit from AMATA’s year-round performance programme which attracts top artists and performers from all over the world.
- Showcase your work at the AMATA Festival at the end of your third year.
What our students do
What our graduates do
Our graduates have gone on to work in film, digital media, national theatre companies, advertising, radio, and performance companies of all sizes.
What you'll learn
Focusing on industry practice, traditions and modern approaches, you’ll explore voice and language, physical expression, and imaginative and real interactions with space. You’ll also study affective, collaborative and ensemble approaches to creative acting and performing.
You’ll study physical, vocal and textual skills and techniques, develop character creation skills and storytelling, and learn acting and performance theories and practices. By developing performance skills and techniques, you’ll get ready for studio-based and context-based acting rehearsals and technical instruction.
The Actor’s Instrument
Performance, Culture & Contexts
Acting & Story
The Expressive Actor
Contemporary Performance Practices & Concepts
Acting & Character
You'll improve your physical and vocal skills with acting training, and develop your conceptual and critical skills in research and performance theories. On top of developing a group production, you’ll have the chance to learn skills for media like digital, radio and voiceover. You can then use TV and film scripts to move on to more advanced acting for camera techniques.
Performing in Recorded Media
Acting & Contemporary Performance
The Integrated Actor
Acting & Classical Performance
Screen Acting Skills
Acting and the Audience: Production 1
With a full-scale screen acting project, you’ll produce high production value material for your showreel. You’ll turn research and core techniques into a solo performance project, and put on a full-scale public performance to be shown at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) festival.
Using your practical and theoretical exploration and research, you’ll produce an essay about your acting and performance interests. You'll also grow your industry knowledge through masterclasses, guest speakers and practitioners.
Screen Acting Project
Show in a Bag: Solo Performance Project
The Thinking Practitioner: Student-led Research
Acting and the Audience: Production 2
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
With a strong focus on practical work, you’ll perform from the first year onwards. You’ll gain first-hand experience from workshops with international practitioners, cross-departmental collaborations with film, TV and games courses, and regular residencies and performances from new and established companies, ensembles and performers.
Core vocal and physical training, approaches to acting, and intensive production projects will help you explore and grow as an actor and performer.
You’ll spend an average of 15-18 hours per week in study and in contact with staff - with extended hours during productions, and extra time dedicated to student-led rehearsals. And you’ll share lectures and group seminars on acting and performance theories and practices with BA(Hons) Theatre & Performance.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
Practical assessment includes:
- Studio-based practice
- Final-year major performance showcase
Written assessment includes:
- Literature reviews
- Final-year dissertation (extended essay) on a research or practice-based topic of choice
You'll be trained, developed and supported by leading actors, directors and scholars - learning from their experience working in the UK industry, America, Asia, Australasia and throughout Europe.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Terrie trained as an actress at the Drama Centre, London, and spent ten years working in the...
Danielle Meunier's origins lie in classical singing and voice & speech with a BMus...
Agnieszka Blonska is a theatre director and performer based in the UK since 2003. For the last...
A degree in French followed by a post-graduate year at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art....
Dr Misri Dey
Misri is a theatre practitioner and director, working across contemporary theatre performance of...
Background; born in Redruth, Cornwall, April 1966, working worldwide in Opera, Bollywood, large...
Klaus Kruse is a director, scenographer, performer, poet and songwriter based in the UK since...
John Macneill trained at the (Royal) Central School of Speech & Drama on the three-year...
Professor Gregg Whelan
"A wonderful body of work" The Guardian
Gregg Whelan formed the performance...
Simon is a producer based in Truro, Cornwall. He has produced three feature length films;...
Since graduating in ‘Broadcast Studies’ from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Paul has spent...
- 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios.
- Two large, flexible theatres with state-of-the-art lighting and sound resources.
- Smaller rehearsal studios.
- Three dance studios with Harlequin sprung floors.
- Recording studio complex.
- Technical resource store.
- Professional theatre venue hosting visiting companies and artistes.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code 1G80
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
If you meet our requirements, we’ll invite you to participate in a workshop and deliver an audition monologue. Or you can request an online interview if you’re outside the UK.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Can vocalise text, vary tone, and respond to material.
- Physically engages with their environment.
- Is lively and responsive.
- Thinks independently.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/seasontickets
- Students must come prepared with suitable loose warm clothing appropriate for all practical classes (acting, devising, voice, movement, rehearsals). Approx £70/year
- General Materials, such as scripts or a rehearsal skirt (when identified). Approx £50/year
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