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Bachelor of
Applied Dance

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If you are passionate about performance and ready to make it your career, then the Bachelor of Applied Dance at ACPE is for you. Studying a range of theoretical and practical subjects, upon graduation you'll leave with a professional's understanding of dance - able to confidently operate in the dance industry as a performer, adviser, choreographer and many other roles. Access to the ACPE Dance Company is also available to all students, providing additional professional and practical experience.

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Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Dance are required to attend an audition and achieve a satisfactory outcome. The dance auditions for the Semester 1, 2017 intake will be held on Saturday 17 December 2016 at 10am – 12pm, at our Sydney Olympic Park campus. Please contact an enrolment advisor on 1300 302 867 to apply for the dance audition or register online.


March 2017




3Y FT or PT equivalent




The Bachelor of Applied Dance qualification delivers a mix of theoretical and experiential learning that will allow work-ready graduates to secure dance-related opportunities across many different industry contexts. This innovative new dance course leverages ACPE’s longstanding expertise in offering the Bachelor of Dance Education, which is designed for those who are committed to a teaching career at secondary school level.

The dance course revolves around two major strands, Dance as Artform (10/24 subjects) and Dance and the Industry (6/24 subjects); the balance of the degree is structured around Supporting Studies (Anatomy and Physiology, for example), as well as Problem Based Learning (PBL), and Practical Experience.

A dance course combining creativity with practical training

The result is a qualification that offers substantial vocational skill and expertise across the breadth of the dance discipline, which is evaluated in terms of its physiological, social, cultural, historical, and commercial aspects.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Applied Dance can be completed in three years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. The course program is divided into six semesters, each of 12 weeks duration. Study involves approximately 16 contact hours a week, (excluding examination and study weeks).

This dance course is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops, seminars, and individual tuition. Students also undertake two Professional Experience sessions.

Semester 1

  • Foundation of Dance
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Dance History
  • Child and Adolescent Development

Inter-semester: Professional Experience 1

Semester 2

  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Dance Production
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dance Composition 1

Semester 3

  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Business Skills for Dance 1: Effective Professional Communication
  • Fitness and Active
  • Adult Engagement in Dance

Inter-semester: Professional Experience 2

Semester 4

  • Dance Performance
  • Business Skills for Dance 2: Small Business Management
  • Problem Based Learning 1: Industry
  • Teaching Dance

Exit point for Associate Degree of Applied Dance

Semester 5

  • Dance and Somatics
  • Dance and Communities
  • Mechanics of Movement & Performance
  • Dance and Music

Inter-semester: Professional Experience 3

Semester 6

  • Dance Composition 2
  • Business Skills for Dance 3: Project Management
  • Problem Based Learning 2: Community
  • Dance and Technology in Contemporary Practice

Where this degree can take you

As the dance industry continues to evolve, so do the employment opportunities available for Applied Dance graduates. Combining creativity with practical training, this industry-recognised degree is perfect for passionate individuals who do not anticipate a career as a teacher of dance in secondary schools, but want to build a solid career within the dynamic dance industry. Successful first year students can even transfer to the Bachelor of Dance Education.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Professional dancer, adviser or supportive aid
  • Artistic director
  • Performance director
  • Choreographer
  • Dance motivator

Further study options:

  • Postgraduate degrees in Dance
  • Dance and/or health research

Job Growth Insight


Increase in employment with the Sports industry in the next 5 years

Meet ACPE Student

The ACPE Dance Company has given me the chance to meet some big names in the dance world and the opportunity to learn from them and to experience their journey and how they achieved their dreams. The Company has also allowed me to meet new people from ACPE and given me the chance to learn different ways of moving and helped me to increase my quality as a dancer and performer.
Lauren Stevens
Bachelor of Dance Education

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