Course Information

Bachelor of Arts (Dance)

Effective from 01-JAN-2020 : 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.

Disclaimer

This course information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester. In particular please check the course requirements and the unit and unit set offerings, as these differ according to course delivery location.

Work Experience Option

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.

Admission requirements

Admission requirement (Band 3)

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.

English Language requirement (Band 3)

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 as defined in the Admissions Policy.

Course Specific Admission Requirements

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

Portfolio pathway applications are not accepted for this course.

Course Duration

  • Full Time: 3 Years

Course Delivery

  • Mount Lawley: Full Time

Course Co-ordinator

Ms Susan Desley PEACOCK

Course Structure

Year 1 - Full Year
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DAN1021 #Ballet 120
DAN1022Performance 120
DAN1025 #Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 120
DAN1032Related Physical Disciplines 15
DAN1034Integrated Body Practices 110
DAN1035 #Dance 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
DAN2121 #Ballet 220
DAN2122Performance 220
DAN2125 #Contemporary Dance and Allied Techniques 220
DAN2132Related Physical Disciplines 25
DAN2434Integrated Body Practices 215
DAN2235 # *Dance 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
DAN2235 *Dance 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
# Designated Unit - a Unit or Unit of Competency which a School has designated as a fundamental course requirement and may only be attempted once unless otherwise determined by Board of Examiners.
* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.


Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

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