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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 2019 February
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
CRICOS code 056185A
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Independent dance artist

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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?

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

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

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.

Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

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

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)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

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

How to Apply- International Students

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, applications submitted after November 30 may not be assessed in time for commencement of study in Semester 1 of the following year.

Step 1:  Attend an audition. Complete the F form and nominate your preferred audition date; or

Step 2: Unable to attend an audition. Complete the F form and include audition materials, personal statement video and supporting documents with the application. Please refer to the Dance performance audition preparation  for details of what to include in your video submission.

 Supporting Documentation

Please send copies only – documents will not be returned.

Dance performance audition preparation

Dance performance audition preparation

Audition locations and dates

International applicants are encouraged to attend an audition as outlined below. If you do not attend your audition or submit an audition and personal statement video you cannot be considered for a place in the course.

Brisbane: Thursday 27 or Friday 28 September 2018

Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, corner 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.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2019: $30,100 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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How to apply for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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