Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
Course summary for local students
2017 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)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$6,468 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
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|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.|
- Course overview
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
Immerse yourself in the exciting physical and conceptual possibilities of contemporary dance. Study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin to learn how the art of contemporary dance engages with movement, innovation and thinking.
The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) challenges and develops students’ physical, creative and intellectual 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 and other creative arts disciplines. Opportunities include public performance, overseas study tour and internship experiences.
Fees and charges
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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.
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Course Learning Outcomes
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
|Develop practical and theoretical skills in contemporary dance through an embodied, perceptual understanding of the intricacies, qualities and sensations of movement; experiential anatomical knowledge; movement literacy; performance experience and understanding; choreographic principles and practices; historical, cultural and theoretical knowledge as it relates to the field of contemporary dance.|
|Using interpersonal, physical, oral and written means to communicate, foster and present physical skills development, choreographic creation, theoretical engagement and performance suited to a range of audiences.|
|Employ a range of skills in digital literacies to source, analyse, and disseminate information.|
|Research, practice and interrogate dance skills and concepts, analyse choreographic problems leading to the creation of choreographic artefacts and dance performance, critically and reflectively engage with written discourse in the field of contemporary dance.|
Demonstrate the ability to analyse and evaluate information to determine the appropriate strategy and method to communicate ideas and concepts in contemporary dance practice.
Embody dance movement in authentic, sensate responses to physical challenges or creative tasks and in diverse social and cultural contexts.
|Demonstrate initiative and autonomy in planning, decision-making and problem solving in relation to classroom, choreographic and performance expectations.|
|Work collaboratively with others in dance, from different disciplines and different backgrounds to complete dance projects.|
|Recognise and reflect on social, cultural and ethical issues as they apply to contemporary dance, and apply local and international perspectives to its practice.|
Approved by Faculty Board October 2015
Students must complete 24 credit points comprising of:
- 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
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACD101||Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A|
|ACD102||Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B|
|ACD110||Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness|
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ACD203||Contemporary Dance Practice and History A|
|ACD204||Contemporary Dance Practice and History B|
|ACD206||Dance Production and Analysis (2 credit points)|
|ACD211||Performance and Technology|
|ACD307||Specialised Technique and Dance Performance|
|ACD308||Choreographic Research and Performance|
|ACD309||Major Choreographic Project A: Process|
|ACD310||Major Choreographic Project B: Performance '(2 credit points)'|
|ACP109||Improvisation: Principles in Action|
|ACV101||Contemporary Art Practice: Body|
|ACF104||Moving Pictures: Screening Film History|
|ACP205||Performance, Image, Site|
|ACD211||Performance and Technology|
|ACC317||Communication and Creative Arts Internship A|
|ACC318||Communication and Creative Arts Internship B|
|ACD311||Contemporary Dance in New York Study Tour|
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 as electives in their first year.
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
For year 12/VCE entry: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and performance in an audition or presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. For dance audition requirement, see: http://www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/folio
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/study-at-deakin/apply
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 and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.