Highlights

  • Designed for aspiring dancers who enjoy a challenge and are passionate about a career as a dancer.
  • Intensive daily training in the core techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, weekly duo, pas de deux, pointe, male coaching classes, Pilates, yoga and alternative dance and body conditioning styles - making you internationally competitive.
  • Access to professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists.
  • Experience at least one Australian or international tour.
  • Secondment opportunities to major Australian companies and organisations.
  • Opportunities for international exchange programs.

Highlights

  • Designed for aspiring dancers who enjoy a challenge and are passionate about a career as a dancer.
  • Intensive daily training in the core techniques of ballet and contemporary dance, weekly duo, pas de deux, pointe, male coaching classes, Pilates, yoga and alternative dance and body conditioning styles - making you internationally competitive.
  • Access to professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists.
  • Experience at least one Australian or international tour.
  • Secondment opportunities to major Australian companies and organisations.
  • Opportunities for international exchange programs.

Why choose this course?

If you are a dancer who wants to hone your craft and persue your professional goals, this degree is your doorway to the world of elite dance.  This course offers intensive training in the core techniques of ballet and contemporary dance supported by duo, pas de deux, pointe, male coaching classes, pilates, yoga and alternative dance and body conditioning practices, making you internationally competitive. Technology is integrated within choreographic workshops which include the exploration of a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

Outside the studio you will extend your understanding with theory, analysing and reflecting on the mind and body in dance and the roles of diverse styles, both historical and emerging.

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

Real-world learning

You’ll have real-world opportunities to access international exchangeprograms and secondment opportunities with major Australian companies and organisations. You will connect to the dance community through resident and guest choreographers and teachers, professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists who have experience in a range of dance practices. Our industry professionals and lecturers have close connections to leading dance companies and dance makers in Australia and globally.

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What to expect

Your studies combine full-time training with an appropriate complementary study program to ensure you’re fully equipped for a career spanning local, national and global horizons. As expected, the training is intensive but rewarding, with strong foundations that, while including ballet, focus on contemporary and future-focused dance, including screen dance and student-led choreography. Industry increasingly favours early career dancers with high-level creative and technical skills. This course aims for both.

You’ll progress to refine your technique and performance skills with performance opportunities in industry-relevant settings. You’ll develop skills in portfolio and showreel preparation, applying for funding, collaborative networking, personal development, performance psychology and health management. Later in your degree you’ll engage with practising professional dance artists and have opportunities for performance showcases, secondments and tours tailoring your course to your career aspirations through your electives.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates work throughout Australia and internationally in major professional dance companies, dance education organisations, musicals, circus, cabaret, burlesque, ommercial environments and as independent artists. Many graduates achieve outstanding recognition as performers and choreographers throughout their careers.

They follow careers in Australian Dance Collective, Australian Dance Theatre, Punch Drunk, TasDance, Akram Khan, Queensland Ballet, Co3 Contemporary Dance Company, Moulin Rouge, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Edsquad—Queensland Ballet Education Department, Makeshift Collective, Stompin Dance Company, Prying Eye, Opera Comics Pentru Copii, FAST Festival, DIY Festival, GOMA, Circus OZ, Ausdance, Education Departments, TRIPTIK, Collusion, and many other leading national and international dance
companies, institutions, independent collectives and private dance schools.

Possible careers

  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Independent dance artist

Details and units

Your course

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

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Dance Performance 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

  • transitional training studies in physical, technical and psychological approaches
  • core technique classes in ballet and contemporary
  • showcase your skills in two major performance seasons
  • fundamentals of choreography
  • study anatomy, conditioning, dance history and dance analysis

Year 2

  • refine your technique and performance skills
  • performance opportunities in industry-relevant settings
  • advance your choreographic practice
  • learn how to teach dance in a broad range of contexts
  • acquire skills in portfolio and showreel preparation, applying for funding, collaborative networking, personal development, performance psychology and health management
  • contextualise cutting-edge performance and choreography

Year 3

  • acquire technical and interpretive skills
  • engage with practising professional dance artists
  • opportunities for performance showcases, secondments and tours in Australia or overseas
  • tailor your course to your career aspirations through your electives

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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 Performance), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Dance Performance 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

  • transitional training studies in physical, technical and psychological approaches
  • core technique classes in ballet and contemporary
  • showcase your skills in two major performance seasons
  • fundamentals of choreography
  • study anatomy, conditioning, dance history and dance analysis
Year 2
  • refine your technique and performance skills
  • performance opportunities in industry-relevant settings
  • advance your choreographic practice
  • learn how to teach dance in a broad range of contexts
  • acquire skills in portfolio and showreel preparation, applying for funding, collaborative networking, personal development, performance psychology and health management
  • contextualise cutting-edge performance and choreography
Year 3
  • acquire technical and interpretive skills
  • engage with practising professional dance artists
  • opportunities for performance showcases, secondments and tours in Australia or overseas
  • tailor your course to your career aspirations through your electives

Study Overseas

Study overseas while gaining 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

Starting uni in 2021?

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Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421822
CRICOS code
056185A
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
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)

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Prerequisites

You must successfully complete an audition.

The Dance Performance major is not available in 2021

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.

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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, 2019

421822 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

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.

Prerequisites

You must successfully:

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

The Dance Performance major is not available in 2021

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

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.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $10,500 per year full-time (96 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

2021 fees

2021: $31,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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Additional costs

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Additional course costs

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You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

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