Highlights

  • Designed for future dance professionals who aspire to careers in dance teaching, choreography, research and academia, community arts practice, dance medicine and science, and arts management.
  • Develop core techniques in contemporary dance and experience in a range of genres.
  • Connect with lively professional networks in Australia and globally.
  • Taught by internationally-recognised staff and visiting specialists.

Highlights

  • Designed for future dance professionals who aspire to careers in dance teaching, choreography, research and academia, community arts practice, dance medicine and science, and arts management.
  • Develop core techniques in contemporary dance and experience in a broad of genres.
  • Connect with lively professional networks in Australia and globally.
  • Taught by internationally-recognised staff and visiting specialists.
  • Start online unavailable. This course is only available to you if you can attend classes on campus. It is not possible to start this course online.

Why choose this course?

Through this three-year degree, you’ll build on your passion for dance while future proofing your career by diversifying your interests to open up a wide range of career opportunities.

If your passion is for creating dance or following a love for choreography or production then combining your studies with areas such as screen studies, drama, music or entertainment will expand your skill set and versatility.

If you want to become a creative producer, company manager, arts manager or even dance journalist this course is for you. It will allow you to ground your passion for dance while also nurturing these other interests and future proofing your career in a changing world.

If you’re interested in teaching dance this degree will allow you to share your passion with others by laying the foundation for a teaching career. You’ll learn the core techniques of genres and dance styles including contemporary dance, hip hop, ballet, that can be applied to studio teaching, while additional studies can also allow you to teach in schools in Australia and beyond.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and creative styles via an audition, please review the course requirements for further audition details.

Real-world learning

In this course, you’ll develop real-world skills by being involved in at least one Australian or international project where you'll work with professionals in a variety of dance settings, including the community, dance education and performance environments. 

Dance students also take part in a wide variety of work integrated learning opportunities with placements taken to suit a wide variety of career paths.  Past experiences include-

  • Teaching dance with placements available in many secondary schools and dance academies across Brisbane.
  • Dance performance with placements in companies and studios including Queensland Ballet, Australian Dance Performance Institute, Westside Performers, National Conservatoire Ballet Company and Promenade Dance Studio.
  • Performance arts and musical theatre with the Australian Dance Performance Institute, Brisbane Immersive Ensemble or Jam Performing Arts.
  • Wellbeing, yoga or heath with Grounded Koh Tao Wellbeing Centre, Active Arts Australia or RIPE Dance.
  • Dance promotion and administration with organisations like Ausdance National.

You’ll also learn from internationally recognised teaching staff and visiting dance specialists, and connect with local and global professional networks or take part in international exchange programs.

Explore this course

What to expect

From your first year you will learn the fundamentals of choreography, dance history and dance analysis as well as collaborate in the creation and presentation of student work.  You’ll also begin to explore all the creative career options on offer for you.

Your studies will then progress to understanding advanced choreographic practice, composition and where appropriate, the application of these in a range of contexts, as well as introducing studies from your other areas of interest you have chosen.

In your third and final year you’ll tailor your course to transition towards your future career by choosing to work on real industry projects, work integrated learning or undertake study tours.

Customise your degree

Through this course you can choose to study other creative industries disciplines including creative writing, drama, entertainment, fashion, interior design, journalism, music and visual arts practice.

Teach Dance

Throughout this course you’ll explore and consider dance teaching concepts as they apply to a variety of contexts which may include studio teaching, community teaching and formal education settings. As a QUT dance student, you have the exciting opportunity to complete the Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Training course, to gain registered teacher status..

If you wish to become a school dance teacher, you have some options. You can complete your dance degree first and then follow with a Master of Teaching which allows you to teach Dance alongside Drama, Music or Visual Arts.

Alternatively, you can undertake a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) / Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and complete two separate degrees in just four and a half years full time.  This will allow you to combine your passion for dance while teaching english, history, geography or maths.   

Create Dance

Pursue your passion for choreography, teaching artistry, and independent practice by combining your dance studies with majors in screen production, interactive and visual design, drama and performance, and music and sound. Expand your skill set and versatility, and nurture innovative creative thinking and practice.

Get Agile

Become a creative producer, company manager, arts administrator or journalist by combining your passion for dance with other interests such as media and communication, journalism or entertainment.  This will help you gain the skills you need to work in a variety of dance-related roles including arts management and community arts projects.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates of the dance major often move into careers as dance teachers in schools (with an appropriate teaching qualification), private studios, universities and professional dance company education programs. Graduates also work as dance researchers and academics, community engagement officers for dance companies, dance journalists, festival and community project directors and producers, independent dance practitioners, private dance studio owners, community dance artists, arts administrators, and dance health professionals (with further specialised training).

Possible careers

  • Arts Administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Dance Journalist
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Dance Teacher
  • Events and Festivals Coordinator
  • Festival Director
  • Independent dance artist

Details and units

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Dance major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • technique studies focus on physical and conceptual approaches
  • cover a range of genres, for example, contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop, latin dance
  • learn the fundamentals of choreography
  • study dance history and dance analysis​

Year 2

  • study dance styles from around the world
  • advance your choreographic practice
  • create dance works for film
  • contextualise cutting-edge performance and choreography
  • non-dance units can be selected from across QUT

Year 3

  • tailor your course to transition into your chosen professional area
  • further your studies within a second discipline, for example, drama units to become a dance and drama teacher
  • develop sophisticated workshop materials to communicate your choreography
  • explore the application of your disciplinary knowledge within collaborative multidisciplinary projects

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Dance major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • technique studies focus on physical and conceptual approaches
  • cover a range of genres, for example, contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop, latin dance
  • learn the fundamentals of choreography
  • study dance history and dance analysis​

Year 2

  • study dance styles from around the world
  • advance your choreographic practice
  • create dance works for film
  • contextualise cutting-edge performance and choreography
  • non-dance units can be selected from across QUT

Year 3

  • tailor your course to transition into your chosen professional area
  • further your studies within a second discipline, for example, drama units to become a dance and drama teacher
  • develop sophisticated workshop materials to communicate your choreography
  • explore the application of your disciplinary knowledge within collaborative multidisciplinary projects

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Requirements

Selection is based on additional entry requirements only. Please refer to Requirements.
Additional entry requirements
Yes
Additional entry requirements
Yes
Course code
KK34
QTAC code
429162
CRICOS code
056185A
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
Commencing studies in 2022: this program is available for on-campus studies only.
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Prerequisites/Additional entry requirements

You must successfully complete an audition.

Important dates

  • Tuesday 3 August 2021

QTAC applications, change of major or minor form and the QUT online registration form open.

All applications and application forms close. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered. Make sure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

Please note that the audition process involves pre-recording and/or uploading audition and personal statement videos to submit with your application (via YouTube URL links).

How to apply

Step 1

Apply through QTAC.

Current KK34 Bachelor of Fine Arts single degree students changing major must instead submit a change of major or minor form.

Step 2

Complete the QUT online registration form. You must have a valid QTAC number or current QUT student ID number to complete this step.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit the following:

  • supporting documentation
  • two audition video YouTube links
  • one personal statement YouTube link.

You must pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. If you're applying via the Educational Access Scheme or the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, you are exempt from the fee.

Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Supporting documentation

When submitting your online application, you will be required to upload your supporting documentation. This should include:

Please upload your supporting documentation as one combined file only.

Application preparation

Dance application preparation (PDF file, 774.27 KB)

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

When do I find out the outcome?

  • QTAC applications: outcomes will be viewable from mid November The majority of offers will be made in mid-November and final offers prior to Christmas
  • change of major or minor applications: if you have been recalled you will receive notification on your application outcome by no later than early January

Selection process

To be considered for an offer you need to:

  • Pass the audition
  • Have a competitive audition score

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

429162 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Admission was based on additional entry requirements only.

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Minimum academic requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Applications in 2022

In response to COVID-19, QUT has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered offshore for students studying in 2022. 

You must be onshore in Australia to apply for this program and cannot commence online. 

If the Australian Government makes any changes to the international border closure, QUT will communicate directly with students who have an offer and may be eligible to commence earlier than 2023.

Prerequisites

You must successfully:

  • perform an audition in Australia, either in person or by providing audition materials
  • have completed Australian Year 12, or an equivalent qualification

How to apply

Apply for this course via the QUT Application Portal.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. As part of your application you must submit your supporting documents including audition videos (via YouTube links). 

Supporting documents and audition videos

When submitting your application form, you will be required to submit your supporting documents. This should include:

Audition videos preparation

Your video may be shot on any device including a mobile phone. Please see YouTube best practice guide for recording on a mobile phone. When uploading videos to YouTube, be sure to set to unlisted.

Personal statement video

Please cover the following points in your personal statement video:

  • brief personal and dance training history
  • course preference: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • your chosen career path (e.g. choreography, teaching, teaching artist, arts management).

Audition videos

Please demonstrate the following exercises. Exercises should be kept short and simple so that the fundamental elements of the work may be observed. Musical accompaniment is preferred. We need to see your body moving so please wear plain coloured, tightfitting clothing. If you do not own tights, please wear plain coloured bike shorts or compression pants. If you do not own a leotard please wear a plain coloured, tight fitting t-shirt or singlet. No prints please. Jazz boots or dance sneakers can be worn in jazz/hip-hop but are not compulsory.

Video one

Contemporary centre work:

  • a sequence of floor work
  • an exercise demonstrating movement isolations and/or spinal flexibility
  • a travelling sequence.

Jazz/Hip-hop centre work:

  • a short sequence including some floorwork.

Video two

Creative:

  • a one-minute solo performance in a dance genre of the applicant’s choice, choreographed by the applicant or another individual.

Selection criteria

The selection panel will assess your movement potential, physical suitability and alignment, sense of musicality, potential artistry and creativity, and your degree of confidence. The selection panel looks for confidence, appropriate quality and performance integrity. Demonstration of an openness to learning, self-initiative in the application of knowledge and skills, and a passion and commitment to a professional career in the dance industry are highly regarded.

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, we can't provide feedback to applicants.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022: CSP $11,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2022 fees

2022: $31,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

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