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Dance - unit set code MJ-A000025 - Offered to continuing students only from 2013 except for D347 students and students enrolled in Bachelor of Creative Arts courses

Burwood (Melbourne)


Each unit within the Dance major sequence develops practical skills in contemporary technique and choreography and interrelates this learning with theoretical studies in dance history, analysis and aesthetics. There is an ongoing development of technique, craft, and theory over the three level levels, with class material becoming increasingly specialised and challenging as students progress. Skills in oral and written communication, personal and group management, reflection and decision-making are developed over the three level levels in tandem with the development of physical, compositional and research skills. This learning intensifies at level 3 with production and research project units which not only place students' work in a public and professional context, but also focus on the development of specialised skills in the associated technical, production, marketing and administration areas.

On successful completion of the dance major sequence, students should have the following discipline-specific skills:

  • an ability to demonstrate high-level contemporary dance technique
  • an ability to demonstrate well-developed independent choreographic practice
  • an ability to think and write analytically about dance and its values
  • an ability to manage artistic and technical aspects of dance promotion
  • an ability to learn and apply safe dance practices for maintenance of physical and personal wellbeing

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACD101 Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A  

Trimester 2
ACD102 Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B  

Levels 2 and 3

Trimester 1
ACD203 Contemporary Dance Practice and History A  

ACD211 Dance and Technology  

ACD307 Specialised Technique and Dance Performance  

Trimester 2
ACD204 Contemporary Dance Practice and History B  

ACD206/ACD306 Dance Production and Analysis  

ACD308 Choreographic Research and Performance  

Note: the following may also be taken in addition to the prescribed major sequence.

Trimester 1

ACD110 Dance Improvisation and Body Awareness  


Trimester 2

ACD105 Ballet for Contemporary Movers  

Trimester 1 or trimester 2 or trimester 3

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  *


Trimester 3

ACD311 Contemporary Dance in New York Study Tour  

* ALX321 - Internship units are normally undertaken in third year (or equivalent) and are subject to completion of 6 units in the specific discipline major sequence. Students also require permission from the discipline supervisor.

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