Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
- CRICOS Code: 093583B
- VTAC Code: 3800638931
- International VTAC Code: 3800638933
What will I study?
You will gain practical skills in contemporary dance, ballet and hybrid dance and learn to improvise, research, devise and structure choreographic material. You’ll also develop an understanding of dance concepts, histories and critical methods through embodied and theoretical enquiry.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) requires the successful completion of 300 points, comprising 100 points of study at first-, second- and third-year levels. Students can continue to a fourth year of study to complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (Dance).
There are 237.5 points in core subjects in the dance specialisation. Dancers are educated for the embodied demands and creative challenges of careers in dance through studio-based and theoretical core subjects that focus on dance education in contemporary dance, hybrid dance, ballet, dance science, somatic practices, choreography, applied critical thinking and performance.
Dance students take 62.5 points in electives over the course of their study. 6.25 elective points must be taken in first year, 18.75 elective points in second year, and 37.5 elective points in third year. Students can choose to: specialise further in dance; or choose VCA electives from other artistic disciplines; or choose University of Melbourne breadth subjects to prepare for other pathways such as teaching and education.
Subjects in focus
DANCE TECHNIQUE 1
Undertake strong practical training in four Contemporary and four Ballet classes each week to help you reach your physical potential.
THE DANCER AS ARTIST
You will be challenged to explore historical, political and social issues relating to dance and the arts – positioning dance in a broader cultural and artistic context.
CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS INTO PERFORMANCE 2
A creative development process with a guest choreographer will enhance your expressive and embodied skills, artistry and sense of presence in performance.
Sample course plan
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