Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
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|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||3 years full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,419* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
|CRICOS course code||060433M|
|VTAC Codes||1400516011 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Deakin course code||A356|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) focuses on developing students’ physical, creative and intellectual skills, resources and capacities through study and practice in the art of contemporary dance in the studio setting. Core studies in technique, somatics, choreography, and dance history and theory are complemented by work with digital technologies, other creative arts disciplines; and public performance, overseas study tour and internship experiences. An intensive fourth year (Honours) is available to highly achieving students.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Our dance graduates are self-motivated, articulate dancers, dance-makers and contributors to the wider field of the arts and physical culture. They find work in Australian or international dance or theatre groups, join the field of independent dance-makers and practitioners, become teachers in the public or private sectors, or work in the areas of community arts and arts administration, and physical therapies. On completion of the undergraduate degree students may also go on directly or return to undertake further study and research at Honours or postgraduate level.
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For students commencing from 2015:
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- 15 credit points of compulsory core units
- 9 credit points of electives
- no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
- no more than 10 credit points at level 1
For students commencing from 2015:
|ACD101||Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A|
|ACD110||Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness|
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACD102||Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACD203||Contemporary Dance Practice and History A|
|ACD211||Performance and Technology|
|ACD204||Contemporary Dance Practice and History B|
|ACD206||Dance Production and Analysis (2 credit points)|
|ACD307||Specialised Technique and Dance Performance|
|ACD309||Major Choreographic Project A: Process|
|ACD308||Choreographic Research and Performance|
|ACD310||Major Choreographic Project B: Performance (2 credit points)|
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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and ALW117 Professional Writing for Work which are specifically designed to ease the transition into university study. New students are encouraged to enrol in one or both of these units in their first year.
Because a number of disciplinary studies are cumulative in knowledge, technical competencies and/or study and research skills there are prerequisites which direct students to take some units before others. Students must seek advice from a course adviser before enrolling in units for which they do not have prerequisite or recommended units.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants. Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Other Course Information
Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.
Dance Study Tours & Internships (ACC317, ACC316) provide important options for electives within the BCA (Dance). Students may also choose electives from other disciplines within the School of Communication and Creative Arts, from the Arts and Education Faculty and from other Faculties, such as Health and Behavioural Sciences, depending on entry and pre-requisite requirements.
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.