Dance

Discipline

Immerse yourself in the exciting physical, creative and social possibilities of contemporary dance and develop your skills through a combination of studio-based learning, theory and real-world experience. Work on individual and group choreographic projects and public performances, and showcase your skills in our dynamic learning environment.

Get work-ready

Grow your folio of work and make important contacts when you take up industry placements throughout your degree. Through creative exhibitions and showcases, you'll mingle with industry practitioners, visit creative workspaces and promote the benefits of the creative arts. Get a taste of what it's like to work as a dance practitioner across different fields, gaining an understanding of the array of opportunities available to you upon graduation.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Research

Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

Our dance course prepares you to launch a career as a practitioner in the professional dance sector. You’ll graduate with an understanding of how dance intersects with conceptual and innovative thinking, technology and community enrichment – and be ready to translate your skills into a career. Work across disciplines, initiating independent arts projects or as dance teachers, which are in strong demand in both schools and private studios. Career opportunities include:

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

My studies in dance have allowed me to gain a plethora of knowledge in choreography, improvisation, dance composition, embodied practices and technique. I am now a confident mover who knows the importance of sophisticated movement selections when creating dances.

Nick Karabottas

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance)

State-of-the-art facilities

Hone your skills and prepare for your future career in our customised facilities. Make use of our purpose built dance studios, production workshop for set building, costume workshop and prop store and video and projection equipment for working with dance on screen.

Work experience opportunities

Work experience plays a critical role in developing your employability – students that undertake placements and internships are highly sought-after by employers. Creative arts students have many work experience and networking opportunities prior to graduation.

Collaboration across creative arts

Learn, create and collaborate in a socially engaged studio environment with the Bachelor of Creative Arts. Specialise in dance, drama, photography or visual arts and engage with your peers to develop ideas and grow your creative practice. We’ll give you the tools, techniques and technologies to become a successful multidisciplinary creative professional.

Find out more about other disciplines in the Bachelor of Creative Arts.

Research with us

Change the world through dance and take your ideas further with a higher degree by research. You’ll be in good company with us.

Learn more about researching with us

Dance at Deakin

Tour our dance and drama facilities

Discover what it's like to study dance and drama at Deakin with a virtual tour of our industry-standard studios, theatres and more.

Student showcase

A showcase of student performances, dance video work and staff dance research activities at Deakin University. This includes snippets from 2nd year and 3rd year productions and (4th year) Dance Honours projects.

Creative arts at Deakin University

Discover your future in the creative arts at Deakin University. Specialise in dance, drama, photography or visual arts and gain the technical skills and industry experience to become an adaptive creative professional. Hear our academics talk about the course and why it's unique.

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