Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)

Undergraduate degree

Study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin to learn how the art of contemporary dance intersects with creativity, innovative thinking, community enrichment and technology. This course is available from Trimester 1, 2020.

Key facts

ATAR

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Immerse yourself in the exciting physical, creative and social possibilities of contemporary dance. Study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin to learn how the art of contemporary dance intersects with conceptual and innovative thinking, community enrichment and technology. 

Study the diverse ways in which dance can engage and make a difference. The course challenges and develops your physical, creative and intellectual capacities through practice-based learning. 

In the studio setting, core studies in dance technique, a broad spectrum of dance styles choreography, history and theory are complemented by work with digital technologies and other creative arts disciplines. Opportunities include public performance, choreographic projects and internship experiences. 

Want to launch your career as an adaptable dance practitioner? 

Develop advanced skills in contemporary dance through a combination of studio-based learning, theory and real-world experience.

You will gain skills and knowledge in:

  • dance technique and performance
  • choreography and dance production
  • screen based dance forms including film and music video
  • dance cultures
  • dance and movement improvisation.

You’ll have the chance to work on individual and group creative projects to develop your skills in choreography and improvisation and participate in public performances. Plus, you can gain exposure to the international dance sector by taking an overseas study tour or internship.

Graduate ready to launch a career as a practitioner in the professional dance sector. You will be equipped to work across disciplines in a variety of contexts, initiate independent arts projects or use your skills and knowledge as dance teachers, which are in strong demand.

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Course structure

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

  • 8 core units (totalling 12 credit points)
  • 4 Dance discipline units
  • 2 course electives
  • 6 electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core units

  • Introductory Creative Studio 1A ACA100
  • Introductory Creative Studio 1B ACA101
  • Creative Studio 2A ACA210 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 2B ACA211 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3A ACA310 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3B ACA311 (2 credit points)
  • Creative Careers and Contexts ACA309
  • Exhibition and Performance ACA397
  • 2 course electives selected from:

  • Painting in the Visual Arts ACV101
  • Digital Practices and the Visual Arts ACV212
  • Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts ACV115
  • Modelling and the Visual Arts ACV213
  • Analogue Photography ACI101
  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • Photographic Storytelling ACI204
  • Photographic Lighting ACI205
  • Acting Studio ACP103
  • Improvisation in Drama and Performance ACP109
  • Dramatic Plot, Story, Character and Theme for Performance ACP207
  • Theatre and Creative Technologies ACP208
  • 6 free electives

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Creative Arts: (Drama, Visual Arts, Photography), Bachelor of Design: (Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, 3D Animation) or Bachelor of Arts programs.

    Dance discipline units

  • Dance and Screens ACD103
  • Exploring Dance Styles From Hip Hop to Bollywood ACD104
  • Improvisation in Movement and Dance ACD207
  • Dance Beyond the Studio ACD208
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516011 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A356
    CRICOS code?
    060433M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:

      Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:

      Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    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.

    Assessment

    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.

    Electives

    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.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Work experience

    Work-integrated learning opportunities are embedded through the Bachelor of Creative Arts programs with real client briefs, opportunities for client and industry engagement and professional practice. These may be discipline specific or may introduce students to other opportunities in the diverse field of creative arts. This level of engagement occurs at first, second and third year and is core to the course. In particular we have a Creative Careers and Contexts and Exhibition and Performance units where students meet industry practitioners, visit creative industry workplaces, organise and promote a festival of exhibitions and performances and learn the appropriate practical, administrative, marketing and self-management skills required to launch and maintain their careers as creative artists in their chosen discipline. Student will develop a career development strategy that can be used to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge for a future job application, successful pitch for funding or, development of a self-run project.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    Selection will be based on your performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) aims to provide graduates with practical and applicable creative skills, along with critical awareness, and the confidence to successfully establish themselves as professionals in artistic and commercial contexts. Graduates can pursue careers in creative cross-disciplinary environments and within the dynamics of 21st century creative industries. As dance practitioners, graduates are prepared to launch career pathways in the small to medium independent dance sector; community art practice; arts, event, festival and production management; applied arts; and dance therapies. Graduates are also equipped to transfer their discipline skills to jobs within a wide range of industries, including arts administration, curation, academic research, promotion, film production and education. Graduates are well positioned to pursue higher level coursework or research studies at a postgraduate level.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Interpret and apply conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in the analysis and presentation of a range of artistic artefacts within areas of specialisation and across multidisciplinary contexts.

    Communication

    Articulate critical engagement with a variety of mediums, methods and, techniques and strategies to present ideas, exhibitions, performances and practical work.

    Digital literacy

    Critically evaluate, manipulate and apply a range of information technologies, digital tools, devices and environments to support and develop ideas and creative expression.

    Critical thinking

    Analyze and synthesize research materials through multiple sources and mediums to generate original and innovative ideas about creative work in diverse cultural settings.

    Problem solving

    Identify, explore and create solutions to creative arts problems grounded in theory and/or practice.

    Self-management

    Develop, manage and critically reflect upon the producing and presenting of creative works in accordance with industry standards, development as a professional creative arts practitioner and personal learning goals. 

    Teamwork

    Contribute in a constructive and respectful way to the collaborative production of creative outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate critical knowledge and awareness of diverse social and cultural contexts when engaging in creative arts practice.

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2019

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