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CUA50113 - Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Course code C40

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

The course provides intense technical training and develops stylistic/artistic expression through practical experience, classes and performance opportunities. Students develop technical and creative skills in discipline areas of ballet, pointe, pas de deux and solos, contemporary techniques, choreography, dance history, music for dance, anatomy, nutrition and fitness.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code



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1 year full-time

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Availability & Campus

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

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code



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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 and interview where the candidate demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate IV level.
    It is desirable that all applicants demonstrate expertise through extensive vocational experience, or in grades in different dance styles through dance societies that run examinations linked to certification levels.
    All applicants are required to normally be turning at least 16 by 30th June in the year of commencing the course.

    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 9 Core units plus 8 Elective units. At WAAPA these 17 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 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN501Refine ballet technique
CUADAN502Refine ballet performance skills
CUADAN504Perform ballet solo variations
CUADAN503Perform repertoire for corps de ballet
CUAWHS501Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
Ballet Girls
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN509Refine pointe work techniques
Ballet Boys
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS402Participate in gym and weight training for performances
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN505Refine contemporary dance technique
CUADAN508Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques
Pas de Deux / Duo
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN507Refine dance partnering techniques
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRF501Refine performance techniques
Unit Code Unit Title
CUACHR403Develop choreography skills
Unit Code Unit Title
CUARES503Analyse cultural history and theory
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADAN506Refine cultural dance technique
Anatomy and Nutrition
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAWHS403Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development
Unit Code Unit Title
CUADLT402Explore the relationship between music and dance
Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPRF503Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title
CUAPPR502Develop own sustainable professional practice


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.


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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.

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

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    • 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.

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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.

    • 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.