Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)

Theatre & Performance_Main
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

Come to Falmouth and learn how to be a mover and shaker in the theatre world. This new and exciting course is designed for imaginative artistes, actors, performers and theatre makers who are interested in creating original work for the theatre and other spaces.

We are accepting Clearing applications for this course. 
Call 01326 213730 to make an application.

You'll gain a thorough grounding in practical performance skills and production contexts while developing your own personal specialisations and collaborative projects. You'll be taught by some of the world's most celebrated theatre companies and makers, building awareness and confidence within a broad range of performance contexts and opportunities.


  • 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 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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
128% 72% 0% 
238% 62% 0% 
321%79% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
10%47% 53% 
30%40% 60% 

Course outline

AMATA is a working venue, offering a year-round public programme that creates a range of opportunities, including workshops with visiting companies and practitioners and heavily discounted tickets for shows. You'll be immersed in a multi-disciplinary creative environment alongside dancers, actors, technicians, musicians and performers. We'll encourage you to collaborate with Falmouth students from a range of subjects, including Film & Television, Digital Gaming, Animation and Fashion.

As a Theatre & Performance student, you'll benefit from established national industry contacts such as Michael Grandage, Emma Rice and Dawn French. You'll also benefit from collaborative relationships with Cornish production companies such as Hall For Cornwall, Kneehigh Theatre, the Minack Theatre, the Eden project and Miracle Theatre.

What you'll do

Year one

Your first year will focus on acting, performance and making skills together with contemporary approaches to classical text and ensemble performance. You'll take classes in voice, movement and acting and will also develop your ability to generate original material. You'll gain a contextual knowledge of theatre methodologies of the 20th and 21st centuries from Stanislavski to current modes.

  • Performance skills
  • Making skills
  • Performance, culture & contexts
  • Contemporary performance practices and concepts
  • Play texts
  • Ensemble performance

Year two 

In your second year, you'll continue to build your abilities, continuing the voice, movement and acting classes and adding the study and practice of dramaturgy and directing. There will be additional modules in solo performance, immersive theatre and technical theatre skills.

  • Technical theatre and scenography
  • The performer's body, directing and dramaturgy
  • Solo performance
  • Modes of making
  • Immersive and participatory theatre
  • Theatre futures

Year three

Your final year will focus on creating companies, personal professional development and a final year professional showcase production which will be part of the AMATA public festival. You'll benefit from contact and collaboration with the AMATA technical teams and the technical theatre students who will work together to facilitate the showcase productions. Masterclasses and guest industry practitioners will work with the final year students in workshops and masterclasses.

  • Creating companies
  • Professional development
  • Master classes
  • Student-led research
  • Professional production


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.


You'll be taught by a dedicated team of professional theatre-makers, devisers, directors and actors along with theatre-focused academics. Some 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.


  • Theatre companies - engaged with a range of types of theatre
  • Freelance practitioners - solo performance makers etc
  • Production contexts - 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 mature 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