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  • 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 range of genres.
  • Connect with lively professional networks in Australia and globally.
  • You will be taught by internationally-recognised staff and visiting specialists.
QTAC course code429162
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2016 February

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Independent artist


The dance program at QUT leads the way in developing the creative passions of future dance professionals who aspire to careers outside of dance performance in fields such as dance teaching, choreography, research and academia, community arts practice, dance medicine and science, and arts management. Our permanent teaching staff and visiting specialists are internationally recognised.

Why choose this course?

This course offers training in the core technique of contemporary dance and experience in a broad range of genres including ballet, hip hop, jazz and yoga, in addition to alternative dance styles from a 
diverse range of global cultures, including Latin. Duo and partnering are also learnt within these styles. 
There are performance events across site specific, digital and theatrical domains, engaging you with the public interface of your practice. Technology is integrated within choreographic workshops which include the exploration of a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

When not in the studio you will engage with theoretical knowledge, involving analysing and reflecting on both the mind and body in dance, and the roles of diverse styles. You can choose to study other creative industries disciplines including creative writing, drama, entertainment, fashion, interior design studies, journalism, music studies and visual arts practice. If you wish to become a primary or secondary school dance teacher you will complete your dance studies by studying a minor in a different subject area, allowing you to develop skills for a second teaching area. Following completion of your course, you can apply to continue into a graduate entry teacher education course*.

You will benefit from partnerships with organisations such as Expressions Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet Company and the Royal Academy of Dance.

Career outcomes

Graduates move into careers as dance teachers in schools (with completion of a graduate-entry teacher education course*), private studios, universities and professional dance company education programs. Graduates also work as choreographers, dance researchers and academics, dance journalists, festival and community project directors and producers, independent dance practitioners, arts administrators, and 
dance health professionals (with further specialised training).
* Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires that you have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. This forms the basis of your second teaching area. Check the entry requirements for specific teaching courses at


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

Your course

Year 1
  • technique studies focus on physical and conceptual approaches
  • cover contemporary dance, ballet, hip hop and jazz
  • take part in a performance work
  • learn the fundamentals of choreography
  • study anatomy, dance history and dance analysis​

Year 2

  • study contemporary dance technique and alternative genres including world dance styles
  • develop and deliver workshop material related to performance works
  • advance your choreographic practice
  • learn how to teach dance in a broad range of contexts
  • 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, or advanced choreography units for a choreographic career
  • develop sophisticated workshop materials to communicate your choreography
  • incorporate field research about a dance of interest to you

Entry requirements


Successful audition

Key Dates

Applications for this course closed on Friday 11 September, 2015.  Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Auditions will be held in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane: 2 - 11 October, 2015.

Audition locations and dates

You are required to attend one of the following auditions. Audition times are selected as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process. The time and date of your audition cannot be changed except in exceptional circumstances. Applicants who live in a remote area and cannot attend an audition can submit an audition submission and video statement when completing the QUT Online Registration Form.

If you do not attend your audition you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

  • Brisbane – Saturday 10 October 2015, 7:30 am – 12:00pm O Block, B Wing East, Level 4, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

  • Brisbane – Sunday 11 October, 2015 – 7:30am – 12:00pm, O Block, B Wing East, Level 4, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

  • Sydney – Friday 2 October 2015, 8am –12:30 pm, University of NSW (Kensington Campus)  Webster Studio 334, 3rd Floor, Robert Webster Building (G14), Kensington Campus, NSW 2033

    Melbourne – Saturday 3 October 2015, 8 am –12:30pm, The Australian Ballet School, Level 5, 2 Kavanagh St. Southbank

Dance audition information

Dance audition information is available here.

Supporting document checklist

  • Online registration Detailed Confirmation Notice

  • A resume or curriculum vitae, no more than two pages long

  • A copy of your most recent High School report and/or results of previous Tertiary studies

  • A 4” x 6” full length body shot facing front in parallel standing position in leotard and tights or swim suit (no board shorts)

  • A 4” x 6” full length body shot facing the side in parallel standing position in leotard and tights or swim suit (no board shorts)

  • Tertiary Dance Council Personal Statement

  • Tertiary Dance Council Physiotherapist Examination Report

How do I find out about my audition outcome? 

Shortly after 16 November 2015, QUT will update the preference information within your QTAC application to reflect your audition outcome. You will be able to check this via QTAC’s Current Applicant online service.  If you're unsure about how to check your preference status,  there is a helpful video located on the QTAC web page.

Within your Preferences tab you will see one of the following statuses:

  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you have satisfied the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.

  • Based on the information currently held by QTAC you have not satisfied the minimum entry requirements in order to be considered for a place in this course.

What does this mean?

If you satisfy the minimum entry requirements for this course you will be considered for a place in the course.

Please note that as more applicants will meet the minimum entry requirements than available course places, meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee a QTAC offer will be made.

Successful applicants will only receive one offer from QTAC, to their highest eligible preference.

If you have not satisfied the minimum entry requirements QUT will not be able to offer you a place in the course. You may wish to review your QTAC course preferences. They can be added or amended via QTAC’s Current Applicant online service. For more information on changing preferences, you can contact QTAC Information Services on 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) or (07) 3858 1222.


For queries contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: (07) 3138 8114 and press option 4


Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

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.

The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.


2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)

2015: CSP $4,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

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

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. See the Entry requirements tab for due dates for submitting additional entry requirements.

  4. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  5. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course 429162 because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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