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.

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.


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 (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.


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.

Learn from the best

Our academic staff are locally and internationally respected dancers and dance-makers, having worked with some of the most esteemed companies and choreographers worldwide.

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.

The dance course at Deakin is unique. Graduates of dance at Deakin are able, creative thinkers and are equipped to pursue their interests in dance.

Olivia Millard

Lecturer in creative practice (dance)

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.

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. 

Communication and creative arts students have many work experience and networking opportunities prior to graduation.

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

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