Cornwall College

FdA Contemporary Storytelling and Performance

The Cornwall College Group offers a wide range of undergraduate programmes across eight campuses throughout Cornwall and Devon, including Bicton College, Cornwall College, Duchy College and Falmouth Marine School. We offer specialist courses designed with employers and delivered by industry professionals. During your studies you will get the opportunity to work on live projects and start your career before you even graduate.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORA138 Storytelling: Performance and Interpretation in Context 1

      This module explores different theoretical and methodological approaches to analysing storytelling as performance and interpretation; which will inform your work as both a scholar and a practitioner.

    • CORA141 Adapting Narratives

      In this module you will work in a group to research and adapt a given starting narrative for performance. You will be required to undertake various roles in the remaking of the narrative for the specified context and audience. In doing so you will consider how structure, framing, performance techniques, and design can be used to adapt narratives for a specific purpose or to convey a particular message.

    • CORA142 Applied Storytelling and Performance 1

      This module examines applied approaches to storytelling as performance and interpretation with a specific purpose. It will culminate in an interactive practical project that will be created in response to a specific community context. The nature of the project, will vary each year but will be based on a commission from a local group or organisation.

    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORA139 Collaborative Storytelling, Performance and Interpretation

      This module will explore approaches to researching and creating stories as a group. We will draw on the methods of a range of practitioners that work in a collaborative context.

    • CORA140 Performer Training

      Delivered through practical workshops, this module will run throughout the year. It is designed to provide a firm grounding in voice, movement, improvisation, characterisation and text analysis techniques. It will draw on the work of a range of storytelling and performance practitioners.

    • CORA230 Autobiographical and Biographical Storytelling

      This module looks at the practical challenges which will involve researching and retelling real events. Through seminars and workshops you will explore approaches to cross cultural, biographical and autobiographical, and verbatim storytelling; including a discussion of the ethical implications of using material drawn from real life. The module will culminate in an event based on one of these approaches.

    • CORA232 Performance Enterprise

      This module provides students with the opportunity to work alone or in groups to use storytelling as performance and interpretation to fulfil a commission from a local organisation.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORA227 Storytelling: Performance and Interpretation 2

      This module will examine multiple approaches to the understanding of storytelling as performance and interpretation through different methodological lens.

    • CORA228 Solo Storytelling and Performance

      This module will explore approaches to solo work starting with consideration of the oral tradition and platform storytelling techniques. You will then extend your exploration into the use of objects, puppets, costume and characterisation.

    • CORA229 Applied Storytelling and Performance 2

      This module examines how stories are used in the corporate environment to communicate the purpose, history, and focus of an organisation. Through case studies and exercises we will examine how organisations use corporate storytelling. You will then apply this knowledge by working with a local organisation to create a storytelling event to fulfil a given commission.

    • CORA231 Reflective Practitioner Portfolio

      Throughout the course students will be encouraged to document their work through film, photography, and audio recordings. This module involves the completion of a reflective portfolio in which students will explore one element of their practice.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Our partnership with Cornwall College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Cornwall College

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