Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)

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UCAS Code
238U
Location
Penryn Campus
Length
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Come to Falmouth to learn how to create and develop your own theatre company. This new and exciting course is for imaginative artists, actors, performers and theatre makers who are interested in creating new and original work for the theatre and other spaces.

You'll gain a thorough grounding in practical performance skills and production contexts whilst developing your own personal specialisations, collaborations and companies. You'll be taught by some of the world's most celebrated theatre companies and makers, enabling awareness and confidence within a broad range of performance contexts and opportunities. Our aim is to produce the total theatre-maker: the thinking, skilled, creative maker who can frame, manage, produce and professionally facilitate their practice.

Benefits

  • AMATA is a working venue, offering a year-round public programme of diverse theatre, music, dance and other events
  • Opportunity to develop solo work and to create, maintain and develop your professional profile
  • You'll work with AMATA's highly experienced resident technical team
  • Unique opportunities to work with national and international incoming companies and practitioners

How the course is taught

Taught in practical workshops, supported by contextual lectures and seminars, the course will allow you to identify and develop your individual skills and talents within a creative and supportive community.

The course offers an ideal balance between practice and theory and incorporates lectures and seminars from some of the theatre world's most distinguished academics. It offers a unique position to students, offering the benefits of conservatoire practice with the contextual knowledge of the academy.

Course outline

The course will enable you to develop core skills in generating and responding to performance material, it will also offer consistent and professional-level skills training across the three years. You'll explore, extend and engage with techniques, methodologies and performance in theatre, studio and different environments ranging from solo performance to full public productions.

The course enables the integration of contextual knowledge and practical core techniques to inform and extend your theatre and performance making. It also provides a wealth of transferable skills relevant to a range of professional, creative environments.

What you'll do

Each part of the course will be focused on one of three learning strands:

  • Training - skills and techniques (vocal, psychophysical and textual)
  • Thinking - theories and contexts (histories, contexts and critical analysis)
  • Making - performance and production (creating, performing and presenting live work) 

Year one

You'll begin skills training, focusing on voice, body, movement, text-work and a range of theatre making skills and techniques. Two lecture series introduce theatre’s role in the world and key contemporary practices and concepts. Seminars help to unpack lectures and to develop your thinking.

You'll work creatively with play texts, exploring scene-studies from a range of work united by a common theme, and you'll develop an ensemble performance, presenting original live work. 

By the end of first year you'll be able to:

  • Engage effectively in individual and group making processes
  • Learn to locate your developing sense of practice within critical, historical and contextual frameworks
  • Apply a range of skills and techniques to your performance work

Year two 

Your skills training continues with a focus on technical theatre, scenography, directing and dramaturgy. Further body-based training continues, at an advanced level. You'll make a solo performance, working with a range of possible forms, including scripted monologue and stand-up comedy.

A participatory and immersive theatre production will see you work collaboratively on a performance that interrogates the relationship between a show and its audience. Workshops on advanced techniques for generating performance material will inform your making process and produce original material, framed by a critical and reflective portfolio. A seminar series will introduce the work of current theatre companies, production houses and theatre festivals, looking at how organisations work and how they remain sustainable and resilient. 

Workshops on advanced techniques for generating performance material will inform your making process and produce original material, framed by a critical and reflective portfolio. A seminar series will introduce the work of current theatre companies, production houses and theatre festivals, looking at how organisations work and how they remain sustainable and resilient. 

By the end of second year, you'll have:

  • Advanced your core performance skills and making techniques
  • Explored a range of contemporary modes of making and production, developing both your individual and collaborative practice
  • A thorough understanding of the potential professional contexts and challenges your work will contribute to.

Year three

We'll support you in becoming a proactive, independent practitioner, able to manage a sustainable career and create forward-facing opportunities. You'll take a series of master classes to consolidate and further extend your skills and techniques

Using a range of critical and reflective skills, you'll research and write a paper on a chosen area. This research will help form and shape your own sense of practice. You'll form companies and/or work individually on performance material which you’ll develop from an in-class ‘scratch’ showing through to a fully realised professional, public production in the annual AMATA Showcase, watched by a host of industry specialists. A professional development project will see you locate, frame and share your work across a range of platforms and networks, creating a bridge between undergraduate study and professional practice.

A professional development project will see you locate, frame and share your work across a range of platforms and networks, creating a bridge between undergraduate study and professional practice.

By the end of third year, you will:

  • Be an independent and autonomous theater maker
  • Have experience of a range of disciplines and excellent working knowledge of professional contexts, practices and opportunities.

Facilities

AMATA building is open seven days a week from 8.00-22.00, Monday to Saturday and 9.00-22.00 on Sundays.

  • 11 equipped performance studios
  • Recording studio with four control rooms
  • 11 practice rooms
  • Computer labs for CAD and audio software
  • Scenery workshop
  • Technical resource stores that stock a wide range of microphones for recording and live voice and music
  • Digital Audio Workstations, PA Systems, mixing desks, lighting kits, portable dimmers, cameras, projectors, musical instruments
  • There will also be opportunities to work alongside students from the School of Film & Television which houses a TV Studio and Cinema.

Staff

You'll be taught by a dedicated team of professional theatre-makers, devisers, directors and actors along with theatre-focused academics. Staff are experienced theatre artistes and have experience of either creating or working for international and nationally recognised companies. You'll also benefit from their extensive research expertise and pioneering approaches to theatre making, as well as from staff who run their own theatre companies and collectives.

Our teaching team has experience of working in Asia, America, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as well as throughout Europe.

Careers

  • Theatre companies - engaged with a range of types of theatre
  • Freelance practitioners - solo performance makers etc
  • Production contexts - receiving houses/companies/festivals etc
  • Applied Theatre contexts - community contexts etc
  • Theatre and education - teaching/facilitation
  • Theatre and performance scholarship - postgraduate activities
  • Broad theatre and cultural contexts; project management, creative facilitation
  • Transferable skills - facilitation (creative and otherwise) project management, communication

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 Theatre & Performance 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 studentsinternational 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