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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

  • ID:UoM6110003
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • TOEFL (paper-based): total score of at least 577 with a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.

  • Please note that we don't accept the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test.

  • TOEFL (internet-based): total score at of least 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading and 13 for listening. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.

  • IELTS: total score of at least 6.5 in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

  • Pearson Test of English: overall score of at least 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

  • Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Cambridge English Score of at least 176 with no skill below 169.

  • C2 Proficiency (previously called Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) examination): Cambridge English Score of at least 180 with no skill below 180.

Course Information

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) is a three-year full-time degree centred around studio practice, expanded dance thinking and performance. Throughout the course you will develop an integrated practice as a dance artist. Expertise in dance as a way of knowing opens doorways for careers as performers, makers, leaders, activists, collaborators and cultural partners in a global world.

The program focuses on the rigorous preparation of dancers as artists and cultural leaders working across all areas of the profession including performance, community, arts management, health and wellbeing sectors. It recognises that contemporary dance takes many forms and flourishes in diverse contexts, so it prepares you through an emphasis upon dance within an arts ecosystem. The course structure also equips you with the professional skills for ensemble and autonomous careers in dance.

The course matrix emphasises the following core graduate capabilities: Practice; Make; Interact; Perform; Connect; and Reflect. These competencies are developed throughout the degree towards a graduate profile that is industry-ready whilst equipping you with skills for life-long learning and creative resilience. The learning of dance as an arts practice is a core component in the preparation of a professional dancer, and knowledge of diverse movement techniques and the concepts that underpin them, is considered essential to flexibly adapt to different choreographic ideas and opportunities.

Coordination, movement memory and performance qualities (expressiveness and focus), are fostered through embodied learning, open enquiry and exchange within a cohort experience of dancing together. Intensive skills development and practice take place alongside workshop and rehearsal processes for a range of performance situations. You will gain experience and know-how in performing for stage, art gallery and museum, gardens and outdoor sites, screen and digital spaces.

Deepening your artistic knowledge through acquiring mastery and craft, you will energetically engage with the creation of dance in both a local and international context. During the degree you will have the opportunity for placements with local Melbourne dance organisations and to participate in a Global Atelier, a travelling studio programme through which students learn from leaders in the dance field and cultivate arts citizenship. Such collaborative skills and intercultural competencies are integral to your training.

CRICOS Code: 093583B

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Year 1

Semester 1

  • Body Knowledges: Dance Science

  • Dance Lab 1: Studio Practices


Semester 2

  • Dance Lab 2: Integrated Practices

  • Thinking Through Dancing


Year 2

Semester 1

  • Dance Lab 3: Repertory Studies

  • Knowing Dance


  • Semester 2

  • Dance Lab 4: Composing While Dancing

  • Digital Dance


Year 3

Semester 1

  • Dance Lab 5: Dance And Music

  • Inter-Disciplinary Project


Semester 2

  • Choreographic Production

  • Dance Lab 6: Performance Skills

  • Professional Practice

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

As a graduate, you will have developed your skills and expertise to work independently (or in an ensemble), in a wide range of careers in Australia and internationally. Our graduates have diverse careers as:

  • Dancers

  • Artistic directors

  • Dance teachers

  • Choreographers

  • Community dance artists

  • Contemporary dance teachers

  • Dance researchers

  • Dance scientists

  • Dance writers/ critics

  • Dance academics

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530$ per year

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