Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)
This outward facing course is designed to launch you into the world of dance, through exploring the twin strands of dance and choreography, and celebrating the uniqueness of you as an artist.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll benefit from the collaborative environment at AMATA, where you’ll work with students from across the disciplines and have access not just to dance studios, but to all our practice and performance spaces.
- Develop your physical and technical skills, and performance capabilities, while engaging with dance history, theories and contexts.
- Learn to utilise our extensive range of technical sound, lighting and recording equipment, to enable and realise your production ideas and visions.
- Benefit from AMATA’s year-round performance programme which attracts top artists and performers from all over the world.
- Build industry links through workshops, guest lectures and visits from celebrated international practitioners such as Company Chameleon, Ballet Lorent, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Co.
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.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
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
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
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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Angus McLean Balbernie
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Dr Katrina Brown
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Dr Kyra Norman
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Dr Ruth Pethybridge
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Professor Gregg Whelan
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"With state of the art facilities, on a picturesque campus with creative art subjects close by for collaboration, the BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography course at Falmouth is at the forefront of developing the next generation of dance artists. Led by experienced artists and lecturers who have nationally and internationally recognised careers, the course provides a fertile space for the nurturing and development of the skills young dancers need to take their practice to another level."
Kevin Edward Turner, Co-Artistic Director of Company Chameleon
- 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
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: W511
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
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). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
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After You Apply
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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 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/seasontickets
- Students must come prepared with suitable clothing appropriate for all practical classes. Approx £70-£100/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
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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