Bachelor of Health Science (Dance)

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Not everyone wants to pursue the glitz and glamour of life as a professional dancer. For some, learning the science behind popular movements and dances is more rewarding than performing them on stage. If you're more interested in learning how to maximise the performance and improve the technique of professional dancers, then the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from ACPE is perfect for you.

Entry into ACPE's Dance course requires an audition, in addition to the College's entry requirements. Please see the Admission Criteria for details.

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Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance)

  • 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.
  • Intakes
    7 May 2018
    30 July 2018
    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 Health Science (Dance).

About the course

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) is a specialised degree that uniquely combines the art of dance with scientific principles.

This innovative new dance course leverages ACPE's longstanding expertise in Dance and Health & Movement, resulting in a qualification that offers substantial vocational skill and expertise across the breadth of the health science and dance discipline.

This new course will serve to educate aspiring dance practitioners, health and dance researchers, dance educators and dance therapists alike about all aspects fundamental to the science of movement for dance. Given the main instrument in dance is the human body, students will learn how to apply scientific principles to dance movements, and develop a greater understanding of dance techniques and the risks associated with improper execution. Through this course students will gain an insight into somatic education systems and their application to the learning and teaching of dance technique.

Course streams

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) is divided into three major study areas.

  • The Determinants of Health (Core) Stream introduces students to health promotion principles and provides an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing.
  • The Bioscience (Core) Stream provides a background in the structure and function of the human body and explores the concepts of exercise physiology.
  • The Dance (Major) Stream provides students a background in dance with a scientific and evidence based approach to health and dance.

Course structure

The full time course structure for the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance).

The Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) Degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters.

Semester 1

  • Foundations of Dance
  • Understanding Health
  • Chemistry I
  • Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport

Semester 2

  • Dance Composition 1
  • Biology I
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition

Semester 3

  • Dance History
  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Semester 4

  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Dance and Somatics
  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics

Semester 5

  • Dance Composition II
  • Professional Integrity
  • Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Research Design and Epidemiology

Semester 6

  • Research in Action (Dance)
  • Psychology
  • Health and Physical Assessments

Students undertake one of the following three electives:

  • Small Business Management Principles
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
  • Dance Performance

Course outcomes

Discover where a Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) degree can take you.

If you’re ready to take your love of dance and movement to the next level, then the Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from ACPE is perfect for you. Study the science of multiple dance techniques with like-minded students, while you practice what you have learnt in our state-of-the-art dance studios. Graduates can find employment in a range of private and public institutions, with further study options available for ambitious students who want to forge a career in the education or health industry.

Career opportunities

  • Dance instructor
  • Dance Advisor
  • Community Wellness Officer

Further study options

  • Health Care Professional
  • Private Dance Teacher
  • Qualified Dance Teacher