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

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Burwood (Melbourne)

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. 

Through practice-based learning. this course will challenge and develop your physical, creative and intellectual capacities, revealing the divers ways in which dance can engage and make a difference. 

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*.

*Overseas study programs to be confirmed in 2022 and beyond, subject to government travel restrictions.

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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
  • at least 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Core units

  • Introductory Creative Studio 1A
  • Introductory Creative Studio 1B
  • Creative Studio 2A (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 2B (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3A (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3B (2 credit points)
  • Creative Careers and Contexts
  • Exhibition and Performance
  • 2 course electives selected from:

  • How to Write About Art
  • Painting in the Visual Arts
  • Digital Practices and the Visual Arts
  • Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts
  • Modelling and the Visual Arts
  • Analogue Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • Photographic Storytelling
  • Photographic Lighting
  • Acting Studio
  • Improvisation in Drama and Performance
  • Dramatic Plot, Story, Character and Theme for Performance
  • Theatre Technologies
  • Dance discipline units

  • Dance and Screens
  • Exploring Dance Styles From Hip Hop to Bollywood
  • Improvisation in Movement and Dance
  • Dance Beyond the Studio
  • 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.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)
    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400516013 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    A356
    CRICOS code?
    060433M Burwood (Melbourne)
    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

    Senior certificate of education

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE 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

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

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

    Folio and folio presentation

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

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

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education study

    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.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

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

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Polytechnic study

    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.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

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

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    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.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

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

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Career outcomes

    Graduate ready to launch a career as a practitioner in the professional dance sector. You’ll be equipped with the skills to create and perform dance works and to work in a variety of contexts including initiating independent arts projects, or using your skills and knowledge in dance teaching, which is in strong demand both in the school system and in private studios.

    Careers include roles in fields such as:

    • arts administration and curation
    • community art practice
    • dance and choreography
    • dance education
    • dance therapies
    • event, festival and production management.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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