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Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (dance)

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  • Objectives
    Prepares the talented practitioner for the demands of work in mainstream dance companies in Australia and overseas by providing intense practical experience, both technical and stylistic, in classes and performance opportunities. Concentrates on challenging the particular strengths of the developing dance artist. This VET course is offered by WAAPA as a Registered Training Organisation under the Australian Quality Training Framework, and is accredited through the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants apply directly to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Admission is based on comprehensive audition and interview. Information relating to audition & interview requirements and procedures is available from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (dance)
  • Course description
    Related careers
    Choreographer, Dancer, Entertainer

    This course is available for on-campus study by students with an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    As below.

    Unit                   Description                                                                                              Points

    Full-Year Units
    WAAPA00039    Develop skills in ballet and allied techniques to pre-professional level    #    0
    WAAPA00040    Rehearse and perform dance repertoire    #                                                  0
    WAAPA00041    Develop skills in contemporary dance technique    #                                      0
    WAAPA00043    Develop skills in related physical disciplines                                                   0
    WAAPA00045    Relate human physiology to dance and safe dance practices                        0
    WAAPA00046    Place Dance in a Contemporary and Historical Context                                  0
    WAAPA00047    Develop movement vocabulary for choreography                                           0

    Semester 1
    WAAPA00044    Explore music and vocal skills in the context of dance                                     0

    Unit    Description         Points

    Full-Year Units
    WAAPA00048    Refine ballet skills at pre-professional level    #                                             0
    WAAPA00049    Develop performance skills and rehearsal technique    #                               0
    WAAPA00050    Perform different styles of contemporary dance at an intermediate level    #0
    WAAPA00051    Extend knowledge of related physical disciplines                                           0
    WAAPA00052    Study music and movement through percussion performance                       0
    WAAPA00054    Investigate dance conceptually                                                                      0
    WAAPA00055    Compose works for solo and ensemble performance                                     0

    Semester 2
    WAAPA00053    Develop kinaesthetic senses through Feldenkrais                                         0

    Unit                  Description                                                                                                 Points

    Full-Year Units
    WAAPA00056    Utilise Skills in Industry    #                                                                            0
    WAAPA00058    Analyse current art-form developments and practices                                   0
    WAAPA00060    Perform Advanced Ballet and Associated Contemporary Dance
                             Repertoire at a Professional Level    #                                                            0
    WAAPA00062    Refine knowledge of related physical disciplines                                             0

    Two electives selected from:
    WAAPA00057    Plan, develop and teach movement experiences                                            0
    WAAPA00063    Use new technologies in dance and music                                                     0
    WAAPA00064    Create choreography for stage and screen                                                    0
    WAAPA00116    Develop skills in digital media for choreographic purposes                             0

    Unit                 Description                                                                                                        Points
    PLUS: One of the following structures:

    Structure A Ballet
    WAAPA00061    Perform contemporary dance techniques as a minor at an advanced level    #    0
    WAAPA00059    Perform classical ballet and techniques as a major at a professional level    #     0

    Structure B Contemporary
    WAAPA00117    Perform contemporary dance techniques as a major at a professional level    #  0
    WAAPA00118    Perform classical ballet techniques as a minor at an advanced level    #              0

    Semester 2
    WAAPA00065    Manage, plan and implement arts events                                                             0

    NOTES: With the exception of those units designated as semester units, all units are full year units with enrolment at the commencement of the year. Each unit runs for thirty-six teaching weeks. The academic year is divided into two semesters. In each semester one week is set aside for practical assessments. Two or three weeks per semester may be set aside as production weeks. Two or three public productions are rehearsed and performed during the academic year.

    # Designated Units and therefore subject to rule 33A (7). These units are a fundamental course requirement and may only be attempted once unless otherwise determined by Board of Examiners. Where a student is assessed as 'not yet competent' in a Designated Unit that student may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, be excluded from the course and the academic progression status of the student shall be excluded . For further information on Training Packages refer to the National Training Information Service at http://www.ntis.gov.au/. Details of the specific delivery arrangement for each Unit of Competence are available from the relevant course coordinator or Programme Director.

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