Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

A challenging course where regular performance, intensive training and classroom practice are central to the philosophy of the programme.

The course provides an insight into dance as an art form, and as a social and educative experience. In addition to the pursuit of physical excellence, the course develops skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis, and demands that students be creatively productive.

The importance of sustainability in relation to professional career pathways is emphasised through engagement with industry partners and exposure to diverse performance environments locally, nationally, regionally and internationally.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to submit satisfactory medical reports and attend an audition. Information regarding audition requirements and procedures is available from WAAPA.

For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Full Year

Unit Code Unit Title Credit 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

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN1033 Allied Arts 1 10

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1250 History of the Arts 10

Year 2 - Full Year

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN2121 Ballet 2 20
DAN2122 Performance 2 20
DAN2125 Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 2 20
DAN2132 Related Physical Disciplines 2 5
DAN2434 Integrated Body Practices 2 15
DAN2235 Dance History and Analysis 2 15
DAN2136 Choreography 2 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN2031 Dance Teaching Methods 5

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN3131 Dance Teaching Methods 2 5

Or, with approval from the course coordinator, students may complete the following alternative pattern in Year Two:

Year 2 - Full Year

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN2255 Professional Ballet Techniques 15
DAN2165 Allied Ballet Techniques 20
DAN2170 The Arts in Historical and Cultural Contexts 15
DAN2125 Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 2 20
DAN2132 Related Physical Disciplines 2 5
DAN2235 Dance History and Analysis 2 15
DAN2434 Integrated Body Practices 2 15
DAN2136 Choreography 2 15

Year 3

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN3235 Dance History and Analysis 3 15
PAM2006 Arts Management 10
Plus 3 units from:
DAN3222 ^ Performance 3 25
DAN3225 ^ Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 3 25
DAN3236 ^ Choreography 3 25
DAN3221 ^ Ballet 3 25
Plus 2 units from:
DAN3232 ^ Related Physical Disciplines 3 10
DAN3120 ^ Secondment and Industry Placement 10
DAN3239 ^ Allied Arts 3 10
DAN3237 ^ Multi-Media for Dance 10

^ Core Option

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse performance contexts to produce creative and innovative ideas in response to industry trends.
  • Apply broad historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical discipline knowledge to a range of professional and associated dance-related contexts.
  • Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving, and decision making when interpreting the intention of choreographic work for professional practice in both solo and collaborative settings.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through self-reflection and application of feedback on individual project work in diverse settings.
  • Incorporate techniques and teaching approaches to demonstrate a global outlook and communicate cross-cultural awareness, including indigenous cultural competence.
  • Successfully communicate knowledge and ideas, which incorporate other art forms, including duo and improvisation within a range of choreographic styles and approaches.
  • Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex disciplinary knowledge within a choreographic and dance performance context.
  • Use digital technologies and discipline-related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.

Career Opportunities

This course encourages students to pursue individual goals as dance artists, choreographers, teachers or researchers.

Possible future job titles

Contemporary Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Teacher, Entertainer.

Last updated Oct 2020

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