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Bachelor of Applied Dance

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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About this course

Gain a breadth of knowledge across all aspects of dance as a discipline with this Bachelor of Applied Dance course, geared toward professional employment within the cultural arts.

Delivering theoretical knowledge of dance and practical experiential training, this course will ready you for a career within the demanding dance industry. The course provides a balanced mix of instruction in the art from of dance and the workings of the industry.

Offered for on campus study at ACPE's facilities, this course will hone your expertise as a practitioner of dance and ready you for entry into this competitive and creative industry.

Campus location

This course is offered for study at the following location:

  • Sydney - 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have completed the NSW HSC with minimum average of 65 (calculated from the highest 10 units completed) or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider; OR
  • Hold an associate diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider; OR
  • Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university; OR
  • Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board

Applicants are also required to attend a dance audition.

Areas of study

In this dance course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Foundation of dance
  • Skill acquisition
  • Dance history
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Popular dance styles
  • Dance production
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Dance composition 1
  • Classical dance styles
  • Business skills for dance 1: effective professional communication
  • Fitness and active
  • Adult engagement in dance
  • Dance performance
  • Business skills for dance 2: small business management
  • Problem based learning 1: industry
  • Teaching dance
  • Dance and somatics
  • Dance and communities
  • Mechanics of movement and performance
  • Dance and music
  • Dance composition 2
  • Business skills for dance 3: project management
  • Problem based learning 2: community
  • Dance and technology in contemporary practice
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s premier educational facilities for accredited courses in sport and fitness, sports education and dance. With its practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, ACPE provides students with a world-class education and is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport as an Elite Athlete Friendly Institution. It also offers extensive student support through FEE-HELP, academic assistance and a Career Development Program. ACPE is a registered higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), offering TEQSA-accredited courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The staff at ACPE comprises both academics and industry professionals, each dedicated to ensuring you receive useful feedback and continual guidance. As a student of ACPE, you will receive ongoing support via the Academic Development Office (ADO), which offers a variety of education and career-related resources targeting professional development. The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Dance from the Australian College of Physical Education.

This qualification will provide you with the necessary professional training and skills to undertake a career in dance. Upon completion, you will possess a professional understanding of the dance industry and the requirements for running a small business.

Curious about where a career in fitness could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Dancer
  • Artistic Director
  • Performance Director
  • Dance Motivator
  • Choreographer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

Affordable payment plans are also available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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