BA(Hons) in Dance & Choreography

General

Program Description

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.

Introduction

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.
  • Learn to utilise our extensive range of technical sound, lighting and recording equipment, to enable and realise your production ideas and visions.

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.

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.

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What you'll learn

Our course structure, teaching and world-class facilities will provide you with time and space to develop physical, technical and critical capabilities. 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 course will enable you to make creative contributions to a range of professional arts contexts within which dance plays a vital role.

Year one

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.

Modules

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

Year two

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.

Modules

  • Performance & Choreographic Skills
  • Dance Futures
  • Applied Techniques
  • Researching Dance: Theories & Contexts
  • Optional modules
    • Devising Performance
    • Choreography in Context
    • Cross-Disciplinary Performance
    • Choreographing the Screen

Year three

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 original work for public performance.

Modules

  • 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

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.

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.

Staff

The dance staff are all professional practising 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. 

Facilities

  • 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 artists.

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

Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. 

Entry requirements

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 an 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. 

Language requirements

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.

Deadlines

  • 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.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £9,250 - full-time UK/EU
  • £16,000 - full-time international

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.

"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

Last updated May 2020

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