Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

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Launch your career as a dancer and celebrate your unique potential as an artist with this skills-focused dance degree. Throughout this course, you’ll explore the twin strands of dance and choreography, developing your own innovative practice.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 3 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code W511

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Course overview

You’ll benefit from the collaborative environment at AMATA, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with students from multiple disciplines and gain access to world-class dance studios, as well as practice and performance spaces.

You will:

  • Develop your physical and technical skills, as well as performance and choreographic capabilities, while engaging with dance histories, theories and contexts
  • Build industry links through workshops, guest lectures and visits from celebrated international practitioners such as Company Chameleon, Ballet Lorent and Siobhan Davies
  • Benefit from AMATA’s year-round performance programme, which attracts top artists and performers from all over the world, such as Aakash Odedra Company and Jamaal Burkmar
  • Learn to utilise our extensive range of technical sound, lighting and recording equipment, to enable and realise your production ideas and visions

What our students do

BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography Course Video

As a student on this dance degree, you'll work both independently and as part of a team to devise live performance pieces. Check out the stories below to see what students from AMATA have been up to lately.

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What our graduates do

Our dance & choreography graduates have worked as:

  • Dancers
  • Choreographers
  • Dance production and management consultants
  • Arts and health practitioners
  • Educators
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Course details

Our course structure, teaching and world-class facilities will provide you with time and space to develop physical, technical and critical capabilities. On this dance degree, you'll receive a thorough grounding in dance techniques and develop your own innovative performance and choreographic practice.

There will be opportunities for collaboration and cross-disciplinary practice, and to engage with the wider communities of the contemporary dance industry. This dance & choreography degree will enable you to make creative contributions to a range of professional arts contexts within which dance plays a vital role.

You'll explore and challenge your ideas of performance and choreography, make and perform work in different settings and locations, and develop strategies for making connections between practice and theory.


Contemporary Techniques & Improvisation
Performance & Choreographic Practices
Embodied Learning: Theories & Practices
Contemporary Techniques & Improvisation 2
Dance Cultures, Histories & Practices
Site-Based Practices

You'll continue to develop your technical and creative skills, while developing your specialist interest in choreography or performance. You'll further develop your research skills, gain a greater understanding of the contexts for your practice and start to consider your own future in dance.


Performance & Choreographic Skills
Dance Futures
Applied Techniques
Researching Dance: Theories & Contexts

Optional modules

Devising Performance
Choreography in Context
Cross-Disciplinary Performance
Choreographing the Screen

Taking charge of your learning, you'll undertake two research projects (one practical and one written), both of which focus on your chosen areas of interest. Throughout the year, you'll advance your physical training and creative and choreographic skills. This culminates in a professional practice project, in which you'll collaborate to produce, market, choreograph and perform an original work for public performance.


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

As part of this innovative choreography and dance degree, you'll participate in dance classes, workshops, seminars, lectures and self-generated projects. Based in a supportive environment, you'll be encouraged to push your practice though taking creative risks.

You'll work both individually and collaboratively and have the chance to grow alongside professional artists and our industry partners.

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you'll spend your time


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How you'll be assessed


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The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.

Assessment methods

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.


The dance staff are all professional practicing artists from the fields of performance, choreography, dance pedagogy, dance on screen and dance research.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Dr Sue Smith

Course Leader, Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)

I became Course Leader in summer 2021 having worked with colleagues in dance, acting and theatre as ...

Dr Sue Smith

Simon Birch

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography

In addition to my post at Falmouth University, I am a freelance choreographer, rehearsal director, m...

Simon Birch

Angus McLean Balbernie

Associate Lecturer, Choreography

Angus McLean Balbernie has created around 85 pieces, worked and taught around the earth, including m...

Angus McLean Balbernie

Dr Katrina Brown

Senior Lecturer Dance & Choreography

Dr. Katrina Brown is a choreographer with an interdisciplinary hybrid practice across movement,...

Dr Katrina Brown

Dr Ruth Pethybridge

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Dr Ruth Pethybridge is a choreographer, facilitator and researcher. She has delivered dance in ...

Dr Ruth Pethybridge

Eugenia Demeglio

Associate Lecturer, Dance & Choreography

M. Euge­nia Demeglio is a maker, born in Italy in 1985. After grad­u­at­ing in Italy in Art and...

Eugenia Demeglio

Kuldip Singh-Barmi

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography

Kuldip's fascination with the body and its capability for expression and physical exploration throug...

Kuldip Singh-Barmi

Grace Sellwood

Associate Lecturer in Dance

I'm a dance performer, dance teacher, aerial performer, matwork and aerial pilates instructor,&...

Grace Sellwood

Paul Joines

Technical Tutor

Since graduating in ‘Broadcast Studies’ from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Paul has spent ov...

Paul Joines
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Emily Dobson

Associate Lecturer in Dance & Choreography

Emily (Dobson) Alden is a dancer and choreographer who works across dance and theatre, liv...

Emily Dobson

Amely Instance

Associate Lecturer, Ballet Technique

After graduating in 1993 from the Royal Academy of Dance, I joined Angela Praed's contemporary dance...

Amely Instance

"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.
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How to apply

Apply via UCAS

Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through UCAS Apply and TrackYou'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).

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Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications


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Dance & Choreography BA(Hons) three year degreeW511

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.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

Check how many points your qualifications are worth

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 student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. 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

Annual tuition feeStudent
£9,250 per yearFull-time UK
£17,460 per yearFull-time EU/international

Typical course costs

  • Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found:
  • 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

Ask a student

What better way to find out about life at Falmouth University than by asking our current students? 

From course details, our facilities and the local area to the social scene and settling in, our students are ready and available to answer any questions you might have. Simply set up your account, send them a question and they'll get back to you within 24 hours.


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