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CUA60113 - Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Course code C41

This nationally-recognised qualification is the second year of the vocational dance program and is ballet focused.

It takes a holistic approach to the needs of the dancer of the future, building the skills required for lifelong sustainability in the dance profession. The course encourages dancers' individuality, confidence, flair and creativity. Students take classes in ballet, pointe, classical repertoire, contemporary techniques, choreography, performance, dance history, music, fitness and kinesiology.

Following completion of this course, it is possible to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) for a third year of training that allows students to graduate with a Bachelor's degree.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C41

Fees

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Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley FT
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C41

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • 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 attend an audition. In the audition, candidates must demonstrate competence in at least one dance style at a Diploma level.
    It is desirable that all applicants demonstrate dance expertise through extensive vocational experience, or in grades achieved in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels.
    All applicants are required to normally be turning at least 17 by 30th June in the year of commencing the course.

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

    Academic admission requirements (Band 1) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Completion of Year 10 or equivalent.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 10 English completion or equivalent.

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

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

The Training Package rules require 7 Core units plus 11 Elective units. At WAAPA these 18 VET Units of Competency are clustered within the course delivery units of Ballet, Contemporary, Pas de Deux/Duo, Performance, Anatomy, Choreography, Dance History, Music for Dance, Nutrition.

Year 1 - VET Full

Ballet 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN603Extend ballet technique to a professional level
CUADAN602Perform advanced classical ballet technique
Repertoire 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN604Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN605Perform pas de deux at a professional level
Ballet 2 Girls
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN606Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level
Contemporary 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN607Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
CUADAN608Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level
CUADAN610Extend allied contemporary dance techniques at a professional level
CUADAN611Perform virtuoso contemporary dance technique
Performance 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN601Perform dance repertoire at a professional level
CUAPPR502Develop own sustainable professional practice
RPD 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS602Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment
Choreography 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUACHR501Create and perform complex dance pieces
CUAMPF602Manage stagecraft aspects of performances
History 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES501Refine conceptual understanding of dance

Year 1 - Semester 1

History 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWRT501Write about dance

Year 1 - Semester 2

Ballet Stagecraft
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAMUP501Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
RPD 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN609Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level
Ballet 2 Boys
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS601Apply advanced gym and weight training to ballet

Note: Some students may have previously completed CUVPRP502A in the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Fees and Scholarships

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VET course fees are set by the WA Government and they vary from course to course. For more information, please go to Fees and Scholarships.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares the talented dance artist for the demands of work in mainstream Australian and overseas ballet and/or dance companies. It provides intense practical experience, developing strong technique and artistry through classes and performance opportunities.

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Student stories

Natalie Allen

Natalie Allen

WAAPA Dance graduate

"WAAPA was an invaluable experience and gave me many opportunities"

The Advanced Diploma course delivered exceptional training for me to develop many skills to become a professional dancer. The course involved choreographic practice, learning critical thinking skills and applying dance knowledge in performance.

It definitely contributed to my success in the professional dance industry

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    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

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    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

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