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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 code 421822
QUT course code KK34
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
Start month 2018 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Independent dance artist


The dance performance program at QUT 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 at degree level, and 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?

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.
You will connect with resident and guest choreographers and teachers, and showcase your talents in major performance seasons each semester. You will have the opportunity to undertake at least one tour in Australia or overseas and have access to international exchange programs. Secondment opportunities are available to major Australian companies and organisations, and are supported within your studies.
When not in the dance studio, you will engage with the theory to extend your understanding and curiosity. This involves analysing and reflecting on both the mind and the body in dance and the roles of diverse styles—both historical and emerging. 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 involvement with Ausdance, the Australian Dance Awards, external adjudication and examination panels, and international organisations. You will 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

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

Minimum academic requirements

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

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

We offer English language courses 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.

Additional entry requirements


  • Successful audition; and
  • Successful completion of Australian Year 12 or comparable qualification

Application checklist

Please send the following documents along with your F Form to QUT. Applications submitted after November 30 in any given year may not be assessed in time for commencement of study in Semester 1 of the following year. Please apply as soon as possible. You may post or e-mail your application.

Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.

Dance performance audition preparation

You can find information on the dance performance audition preparation here.

Audition locations and dates

International applicants are encouraged to attend an audition as outlined below. Please nominate your preferred date on your application. Applicants who are unable to attend an audition can submit an audition submission and video statement.


  • Thursday 29 September, 2016, 11:30 am – 5:00pm at Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct 2, cnr Kelvin Grove Rd and Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
  • Friday 30 September, 2016 – 11:30am – 5:00pm, at Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct 2, cnr Kelvin Grove Rd and Musk Avenue QUT Kelvin Grove Campus


  • Monday 26 September, 2016   12:00 pm – 4:30pm, University of NSW (Kensington Campus)  Webster Studio 335, 3rd Floor, Robert Webster Building (G14), Kensington Campus, NSW 2033


  • Tuesday 27 September, 2016    12:00 pm – 4:30pm, The Beverley Prange Dance Centre,  158 Denison St, Rockhampton, Qld, 4700


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.

2018: $28800 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Additional costs

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

Additional course costs

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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