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  • 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.
QTAC course code421822
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2019 February
Note: 5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I forms, change of major/second major/minor request forms and the QUT online registration form close.

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
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Independent dance artist


QUT’s dance performance program boasts an enviable reputation and continues to lead in developing the creative passions of Australia’s future dance artists. It combines a rigorous full-time dance training course with academic studies. The course is designed for young aspiring dancers who enjoy being challenged, are passionate about a career as a dancer, and willing to commit their energies to full-time training at university level.

Why choose this course?

If you are a dancer who wants to hone your craft and persue your professional goals, this degree is for you.  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.

Connect with resident and guest choreographers and teachers, and showcase your talents in major performance seasons each semester. You’ll have opportunities to undertake at least one tour in Australia or overseas and access to international 
exchange programs and secondment opportunities with major Australian companies and organisations. 

You will have access to professional global networks and internationally recognised dance specialists who have experience in a range of dance practices and are active in the dance community through Ausdance, the Australian Dance Awards, external adjudication and examination panels, and international organisations. You’ll benefit from partnerships with organisations such as Expressions Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet Company and the Royal Academy of Dance UK.

Career outcomes

QUT dance performance graduates practise throughout Australia and internationally in major professional dance companies, dance education organisations, musicals, commercial environments and as independent artists. Many graduates achieve outstanding recognition as performers and choreographers throughout their careers.


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

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). The Situated Creative Practice Extension comprises KYB301 Situated Creative Practice 1; plus 24 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Options list (a maximum of one elective can be chosen from this list).

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. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Course information set


Successful audition

Key dates

Thursday 2 August 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form open.

5pm Friday 14 September 2018: QTAC applications, I Forms, CM Forms and the QUT Online Registration Form close*. Requests for applications and registrations after this date will not be considered.

*Applications must be finalised and submitted by 5pm Friday 14 September 2018. Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete each stage of your application before application closing time.

How to Apply – Domestic Applicants

Before applying please ensure you are applying for the correct study area: Dance or Dance Performance (if you are applying for both study areas, you are required to complete two separate online registration forms).

To successfully apply for entry into this course you are required to complete the steps below;

Step 1:  Apply through QTAC. Current Creative Industries Faculty (CIF) undergraduate students changing course or major must instead submit an I Form or CM Form as appropriate.

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. This step includes the requirement to pay the non-refundable $70 application service fee via QUTPay. Applicants seeking admission assistance via QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme and/or QUT’s Oodgeroo Centralised Assessment Selection Program are exempt from the fee. Your application is complete once you reach the confirmation notice screen and receive your confirmation email.

Step 3a: Attend your nominated audition and bring your supporting documents with you; or

Step 3b: Applicants unable to attend an audition can submit an audition and personal statement      video as part of the QUT Online Registration Form process. Refer to the Dance Performance audition preparation document for details of what to include in your submission and email your supporting documents to by 5pm Friday 21 September 2018.

Supporting document checklist

Audition preparation

Dance Performance audition preparation

Audition location and dates

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an audition as below. 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.

If you do not attend your nominated audition or submit your audition and personal statement via video you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane: Thursday 27 or Friday 28 September 2018

Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, cnr of Kelvin Grove Rd & Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Audition feedback

Due to the large number of applications received, the selection panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants.


Please contact the Creative Industries Faculty by:

Phone: +61 7 3138 8114



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. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

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

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional course costs

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.

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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 Performance)

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 421822 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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