Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)

  • CRICOS code: 093583B
  • VTAC code: 3800638931
  • International VTAC code: 3800638933

Where will this take me?


Meet Jack Riley

In 2019, the University of Melbourne gave 30 students and alumni their first commission, to celebrate the power of artistic minds and the launch of our redeveloped Southbank campus. Here, alum Jack Riley (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), 2016) talks about the making of his work Duplex.

Read more about Jack’s experience


As a graduate, you will have developed your skills and expertise to work independently (or in an ensemble), in a wide range of careers in Australia and internationally. Our graduates have diverse careers as:

  • Dancers
  • Artistic directors
  • Dance teachers
  • Choreographers
  • Community dance artists
  • Contemporary dance teachers
  • Dance researchers
  • Dance scientists
  • Dance writers/ critics
  • Dance academics

Industry partnerships

As a student, you will have the opportunity to connect with a range of people through our industry partnerships, including:


Rachel Wisby

Meet our alumni - Rachel Wisby

While studying at the VCA, I started working professionally on small projects in second year, performing with Natalie Abbott and Phillip Adams. I was also choreographing my own work for performance-making inside and outside of the University. This meant that by the time I was in third year, I was working professionally with Phillip Adams Balletlab and meeting artists in many different contexts. Being able to do that made my transition out of the University much easier. I've kept those relationships and have just performed in a collaboration between Phillip Adams, and Walter Dundervill, an artist visiting from New York.

My recent work for the Fringe festival – Please Do Not Move – supported by Temperance Hall, allowed me to facilitate a collaboration with two interior architects, Henry Pyne and Victoria Punturere. It was amazing to work across disciplines and diversify references and knowledges, and to see my work appear in two different mediums – sculpture and body.

I am also about to start a Bachelor of Chinese Medicine so that I might learn more about the concrete and immaterial body. It is of great interest to me how Eastern methodologies concerning the body may provide counterpoints to the dominant Western perspective.

Graduate pathways

Once you've completed your undergraduate degree, you can go on to gain employment or begin a graduate degree and work towards a professional qualification such as law, engineering or medicine. Or you could join our graduate research community and contribute to our world-changing research.

Your graduate degree will be internationally recognised, and set you apart from those who study a traditional Australian single or double degree.

Explore the graduate pathways available once you complete your undergraduate degree here.