Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
Deakin course code A356

Course overview

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.

Career opportunities

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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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 16 credit points of compulsory core units
  • 8 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

Course structure

Core units

Level 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACD101Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A

ACD102Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B

ACD110Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness

3 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACD203Contemporary Dance Practice and History A

ACD204Contemporary Dance Practice and History B

ACD206Dance Production and Analysis (2 credit points)

ACD211Performance and Technology

2 Electives

Level 3

ACD307Specialised Technique and Dance Performance

ACD308Choreographic Research and Performance

ACD309Major Choreographic Project A: Process

ACD310Major Choreographic Project B: Performance (2 credit points)

3 Electives

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Transition to University study
The faculty offers two units AIX160 Introduction to University Study and AIX117 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.

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.