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Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

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  • Objectives
    Encourages students to pursue individual goals as dance artists, choreographers, teachers, or researchers. An intensive and challenging course with performance and classroom practice that are central to the philosophy of the program. Provides an insight into dance as an art form and a social and educative experience. Develops skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis and demands that students be creatively productive in whatever area of interest they pursue. Provision is made for students with dance backgrounds other than ballet and contemporary, such as classical Indian dance, to audition and continue to study in their specialist dance style.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will be required to complete an audition and interview. Information regarding interview & audition requirements and procedures is available from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Satisfactory medical reports are also required
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
  • Course description
    Related careers
    Dancer, Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Instructor

    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.

    The Bachelor of Arts (Dance) requires the successful completion of 360 credit points.


    Students may select up to six elective units from a range of units offered by the Academy or by other faculties within Edith Cowan University. If correctly chosen, these electives can be sequenced to form a Minor Study area. Students are advised to select their elective study options in consultation with the course coordinator and other sections of this handbook which list details of the available minor study options.

    Students may claim exemptions from Minor/Elective Study units according to their other tertiary qualifications.


    During the three years of study, Practicum is an essential element of both the training and assessment of students in the dance program. It is a professional practice unit and consists of choreography, rehearsal, and performance.

    Year One
    Full-Year Units
    Unit            Description                                                             Points

    DAN1021    Ballet 1                                                                         20
    DAN1022    Performance 1                                                              20
    DAN1025    Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 1             20
    DAN1032    Related Physical Disciplines 1                                         5
    DAN1034    Integrated Body Practices 1                                         10
    DAN1035    Dance History and Analysis 1                                       10
    DAN1036    Choreography 1                                                           15

    Semester 1
    DAN1033    Allied Arts 1                                                                  10
    Semester 2
    ADM1250    History of the Arts                                                        10

    Year Two
    Full-Year Units
    Unit            Description                                                              Points

    DAN2121    Ballet 2                                                                        20
    DAN2122    Performance 2                                                             20
    DAN2125    Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 2            20
    DAN2132    Related Physical Disciplines 2                                       5
    DAN2133    Allied Arts 2                                                                  5
    DAN2134    Integrated Body Practices 2                                       10
    DAN2135    Dance History and Analysis 2                                       5
    DAN2136    Choreography 2                                                         15

    Semester 1
    DAN2031    Dance Teaching Methods                                             5
    Semester 2
    ADM2450    The Arts in Contemporary Society                              10
    DAN3131    Dance Teaching Methods 2                                         5

    Year Three
    Students choose three of the following four units:
    Unit            Description                                                             Points

    DAN3222    Performance 3                                                             25
    DAN3225    Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 3            25
    DAN3236    Choreography 3                                                          25
    DAN3221    Ballet 3                                                                        25

    Core Units (compulsory)
    DAN3235    Dance History and Analysis 3                                      15
    PAM2006    Arts Management                                                        10
    Plus two units at 10 credit points each:
    DAN3232    Related Physical Disciplines 3                                      10
    DAN3120    Secondment and Industry Placement                          10
    DAN3233    Allied Arts 3                                                                 10
    DAN3237    Multi Media for Dance                                                  10

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