Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)
Explore the twin strands of dance and choreography and launch yourself into the industry. You’ll work with students from across disciplines, develop your skills in dance studios, and have access to all our practice and performance spaces.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll develop your physical, technical and critical capabilities, while learning dance history, theory and context. By utilising our extensive range of technical sound, lighting and recording equipment, you’ll enhance and record your performances. You’ll also build industry links through workshops, guest lectures and visits from practitioners and alumni, and have the chance to see global artists and performers at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts’ year-round programme.
What our students do
What our graduates do
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.
What you'll learn
You’ll turn practical and educational training into a reflective and engaged approach to the future of dance performance and choreographic arts - developing your physical, technical and critical capabilities.
Focusing on practice, you’ll learn to perform, choreograph, devise and work with other disciplines - giving you the skills to take an interdisciplinary approach and the experience to prepare you for a variety of collaborations. By the end of the course you’ll know how to recognise and create industry opportunities.
You’ll explore and challenge your ideas of performance and choreography, engage with site-based practices in different settings and locations, and develop strategies for making connections between practice and theory.
Contemporary Techniques and Improvisation
Performance & Choreographic Practices
Embodied Learning: Theories & Practices
Contemporary Techniques & Improvisation 2
Dance Cultures, Histories & Practices
You'll continue to develop your technical and skills training through applied techniques, while developing your specialist interest in the different disciplines of choreography or performance.
Performance & Choreographic Skills
Researching Dance: Theories & Contexts
Choreography in Context
Choreographing the Screen
Taking charge of your learning, you’ll pursue an individual research path and become an independent practitioner through collaborative projects, ongoing advanced physical training, and creative and choreographic processes. You'll develop your ideas through various exercises, helping you become an effective communicator ready to articulate your practice with confidence. And your professional practice project will help you produce, market, choreograph and perform work.
You’ll produce an in-depth written research project into a chosen field, and a practical research project featuring independent and collaborative research. This can include organising a placement in a dance company, regional dance organisation, community arts company, school or college, health organisation, club, cruise ship, musical theatre show or artist residence. And with support from tutors and the employability team at Falmouth, you can build relationships benefitting your chosen area of study and postgraduate career.
Written Research Project
Practical Research Project
Advanced Bodywork 1
Advanced Bodywork 2
Professional Practice Project
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
You'll take part in directed, supervised and self-generated dance and performance-based projects and processes, as well as performance training and dance technique and bodywork classes. And you’ll explore and challenge your ideas of performance and choreography through individual and group studio practice, workshops, lectures, and seminars on dance histories, theories and contexts.
Collaborative work gives you the chance to share knowledge and better understand professional teamwork and co-operative practice. And through extra-curricular collaboration, you’ll get to work with our Film, Photography, Games and Fashion departments.
You’ll work with industry professionals and partners on intensive projects, workshops, performances, guest directors and guest talks. This is where our graduates often network and gain work.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
Assessment is both practical and written, 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 on and off campus.
You’ll be taught by practitioners from dance companies like Candoco Dance Co, Simon Birch Dance Co, Cscape Dance Co, Freefall Dance Co, Goat Island, DanceSpace Bristol, and People Dancing.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
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- Two 200-capacity flexible performance spaces.
- 11 high-specification performance and rehearsal studios, featuring production lighting, projection and sound facilities.
- 700m2 of fully sprung dance floors.
- Analogue and digital recording complex.
- Breakout areas.
- 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 W511
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.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Shows physical aptitude, potential and motivation, can assimilate movement and respond to information.
- Has devising skills, can develop movement material and communicate ideas.
- Can collaborate, effectively communicate and work with others.
- Can think independently and effectively on a supplied topic.
Fees, costs & 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.
- If you organise a placement for your third-year Practical Research Project, you’ll need to cover any accommodation, travel and subsistence (if the placement is outside Falmouth or Cornwall).
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