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Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

Course code G48

A challenging contemporary dance focused course where regular performance, intensive training and classroom practice are central to the philosophy of the program.

The pursuit of physical excellence is paired with the nurturing of creativity, laying the foundations for the performer, choreographer and/or independent practitioner. The course provides an insight into dance as an art form, and as a social and educative experience, offering additional skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis.

Sustainability in relation to professional career pathways is emphasised through engagement with industry partners and exposure to diverse performance environments. Industry placement, short study tours and international exchange opportunities provide a local, national and international perspective.

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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

G48

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,950

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years 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

G48

CRICOS code

003824B

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,850

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years 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

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 submit satisfactory medical reports, and attend an audition. Information regarding audition requirements and procedures is available from WAAPA.

    Note 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 University Readiness Assessment; 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 competency requirements may be satisfied through 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 University Readiness Assessment;*
    • 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 programs 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.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Mount Lawley

Course Structure

Year 1 - Full Year
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN1021Ballet 120
DAN1022Performance 120
DAN1025Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 120
DAN1032Related Physical Disciplines 15
DAN1034Integrated Body Practices 110
DAN1035Dance History and Analysis 110
DAN1036Choreography 115
Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN1033Allied Arts 110
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ADM1250History of the Arts10
Year 2 - Full Year
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN2121Ballet 220
DAN2122Performance 220
DAN2125Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 220
DAN2132Related Physical Disciplines 25
DAN2434Integrated Body Practices 215
DAN2235Dance History and Analysis 215
DAN2136Choreography 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN2031Dance Teaching Methods5
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN3131Dance Teaching Methods 25

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
DAN2255Professional Ballet Techniques15
DAN2165Allied Ballet Techniques20
DAN2170The Arts in Historical and Cultural Contexts15
DAN2125Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 220
DAN2132Related Physical Disciplines 25
DAN2235Dance History and Analysis 215
DAN2434Integrated Body Practices 215
DAN2136Choreography 215
Year 3
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN3235Dance History and Analysis 315
PAM2006Arts Management10
Plus 3 units from:
DAN3222 ^Performance 325
DAN3225 ^Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 325
DAN3236 ^Choreography 325
DAN3221 ^Ballet 325
Plus 2 units from:
DAN3232 ^Related Physical Disciplines 310
DAN3120 ^Secondment and Industry Placement10
DAN3239 ^Allied Arts 310
DAN3237 ^Multi Media for Dance10

^ Core Option

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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.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students have the opportunity to complete the Secondment and Industry Placement unit as part of this course. It is a professional practice unit consisting of choreography, rehearsal, and performance, which aids in both the training and assessment of students in the dance program.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical discipline knowledge to a range of professional and associated dance-related contexts.
  2. Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex disciplinary knowledge within a choreographic and dance performance context.
  3. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse performance contexts to produce creative and innovative ideas in response to industry trends.
  4. Use digital technologies and discipline related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.
  5. Successfully communicate knowledge and ideas, which incorporate other art forms, including duo and improvisation within a range of choreographic styles and approaches.
  6. Incorporate techniques and teaching approaches to demonstrate a global outlook and communicate cross-cultural awareness, including indigenous cultural competence.
  7. 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.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through self-reflection and application of feedback on individual project work in diverse settings.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,950 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,850 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

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

Possible future job titles

Dancer, Contemporary Dancer, Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Teacher, Entertainer, Performer

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Student stories

  • Mia Thompson

    Mia Thompson

    WAAPA Dance graduate

    "The teachers pushed me further than I believed I could go, they pushed me out of my comfort zone"

    WAAPA really helped prepare me for my future as a professional dancer.

  • Evelyn Roberts

    Evelyn Roberts

    Bachelor of Arts (Dance) student

    "WAAPA has been such a fantastic institution for me to study at"

    Being able to complete a Diploma, then an Advanced Diploma, and then articulate into a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) is just amazing. The dance faculty is outstanding and staff are really helpful in guiding everyone on their own individual journey. For example, they gave me their whole-hearted support in entering me in the Genée International Ballet Competition last year, leading to my selection as a finalist to perform at the Sydney Opera House.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • 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.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • 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.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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