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  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Dance offers intensive specialist dance training and encourages experimentation, exploration and artistic inquiry to produce versatile, collaborative dance artists.

    The emphasis is on performance,choreographic practice and research so that graduates may become performers,choreographers, collaborators, teachers and artistic leaders in local, national and international dance communities. The course attracts highly motivated, disciplined and creative dancers who are interested in shaping the future of the profession.

    The Bachelor of Dance is a three-year intensive dance education and training program. The subjects are sequenced to enable you to progress and to develop technically and artistically. In first and second year students are introduced to new dance science information which can be integrated throughout the course and inform their emerging dance practice.

    By third year there is a greater emphasis on developing artistic autonomy. Daily contemporary dance and ballet classes continue, followed by afternoon rehearsals. By working with emerging and leading Australian choreographers in preparation for the diverse challenges of current dance practice, you will maximise your potential to work professionally as a performer, teacher and/or choreographer.

    In this multidisciplinary arts environment,students in the Bachelor of Dance will also undertake subjects through the Centre for Ideas. The common curriculum is a cross-disciplinary sequence of subjects examining the interaction between artistic practice and wider social, political and cultural contexts. The integration of intensive specialist dance training with critical studies aims to produce artists who are not only highly technically and artistically skilled but also culturally and technologically literate.

    Subjects by Year
    Year 1
    • Dance Technique 1A
    • Dance Technique 1B
    • Allied Dance Studies 1A
    • Allied Dance Studies 1B
    • Choreography 1A
    • Choreography 1B
    • Kinetic Studies 1A
    • Kinetic Studies 1B
    • Performance Management
    • Performance 1
    • The Artist in the World - Part 1
    • The Artist in the World - Part 2

    Year 2
    • Dance Technique 2A
    • Dance Technique 2B
    • Allied Dance Studies 2A
    • Allied Dance Studies 2B
    • Choreography 2A
    • Choreography 2B
    • Kinetic Studies 2A
    • Kinetic Studies 2B
    • Career Planning and Management
    • Performance 2A
    • Performance 2B
    • The World in the Artist 2A
    • The World in the Artist 2B

    Year 3
    • Dance Technique 3A
    • Dance Technique 3B
    • Choreography 3A
    • Choreography 3B (Dance Making)
    • Choreography 3C (Performance)
    • Performance 3A
    • Performance 3B
    • Special Study
    • Collaborative Contract

    Major areas of study
    • Dance Technique
    • Allied Dance Studies
    • Choreography
    • Kinetic Studies
    • Performance


    A fourth year (Honours) provides an opportunity for dance graduates to extend their technical, artistic and creative skills and to deepen their knowledge of dance. A substantial part of the Honours program involves practical studies undertaken as field experience in the professional dance sector.

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