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Bachelor of Dance Practice

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If you are passionate about performance and ready to make it your career, then the Bachelor of Dance Practice at ACPE is for you.

The degree provides students with the skills and knowledge required to be leaders within the dance industry and within a wide range of community groups, in roles such as teachers, facilitators, and administrators.

Access to the ACPE Dance Company is also available to all students, providing additional professional and practical experience.

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Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Bachelor of Dance Practice.

  • Course duration
    3 years full time or part time equivalent
  • Study mode
    Face to face with selected subjects available online
  • Online learning
    Selected subjects available online
    Online subjects are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort is not the right size for interactive learning students may be asked to attend on campus.
  • Dance Audition
    In addition to the College's entry requirements, this course requires an audition (linked to standards of dance technique and dance composition).
  • Intakes
    4 March 2019
  • FEE-HELP
    FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students)
    Payment plans & upfront payment available
    Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.
  • Transfer credit
    An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

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Course overview

An overview of the Bachelor of Dance Practice.

About the course

The Bachelor of Dance Practice 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 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.

Course streams

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.

Dance students at ACPE

Current students studying Dance at ACPE share their talent, inspiration and career aspirations while demonstrating their skill and passion for dance.

Course structure

The full time course structure for the Bachelor of Dance Practice.

The Bachelor of Dance Practice 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 (Work Integrated Learning - WIL)
  • Dance Composition 1
  • Understanding Health
  • Skill Acquisition

Semester 2

  • Dance History
  • Dance Production
  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3

  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Introduction to Sports Business
  • Professional Integrity

Semester 4

  • Dance and Somatics
  • Dance and Technology
  • Exercise & Social Development Through the Lifespan
  • Building Professional Relationships (Work Integrated Learning - WIL)

Semester 5

  • Dance Composition II
  • Teaching Skills: Dance Studio
  • Dance Promotion
  • Dance & Health (Work Integrated Learning - WIL)

Semester 6

  • Dance Performance
  • Dance & Communities
  • Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology
  • Event and Project Management (Work Integrated Learning - WIL)

Course outcomes

Discover where a Bachelor of Dance Practice degree can take you.

As the dance industry continues to evolve, so do the employment opportunities available for 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.

Career opportunities

Teaching a range of different groups n a range of situations including:

  • Private studios
  • Community organisations
  • Primary and Secondary Schools (as specialist teachers teaching extra-curricular activity)
  • Fitness organisations

Facilitating dance activity for community development and/or performance:

  • Cultural Arts Directors
  • Performance Directors
  • Dance Motivators

Further study options

Post graduate study in supporting subjects such as:

  • Choreography
  • Dance Therapy
  • Arts Administration