Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) - Flinders University


Study pathway: Certificate IV in Dance (CUA40113) Study pathway: Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60120)


If performance is your passion, take it to the world stage with Flinders University's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance). Delivered in partnership with TAFE SA and Flinders University, the rigorous program of study explores both practical and theoretical elements of dance. Classes cover classical and contemporary dance, together with acting, anatomy and kinesiology, history, music, composition and production, with intensive training held in state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance spaces. The course is industry focused, giving you rare and exclusive access to professional dance artists, companies and their networks.

Dance audition details are listed under the Important Information tab below.

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3 years 

Full Time

Dancer and Choreographer

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Satisfactory performance in an audition


any one of:

  • Any Certificate III or higher OR
  • Satisfactory achievement in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) OR
  • Successful completion of SACE (year 12) results (or equivalent) achieving an ATAR of 60 or above
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

This course is conducted in conjunction with a University provider, fees are paid directly to the partner provider and may differ between institutions.
    • TAFE SA will contact you with audition details and booking dates once you apply. Please email enquiry@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • The Flinders University degree is delivered in partnership with TAFE SA at the Adelaide College of the Arts in Light Square, students will be registered with both TAFE SA and Flinders University. Students will study full-time over three years and graduate with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) upon successful completion of all subjects. Students who do not complete the requirements of the full Bachelor qualification may exit with the highest level of qualification attained - Certificate IV in Dance or Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance).
    • Separate fees apply for each institution. Please see Flinders University website for Bachelor fees. Fees for the Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) [CUA60120] are $33,129 (full fees) or $8,477 (subsidised) or $5,882 (concession) charged over 5 semesters. Fees for the Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113 are $7,411 (full fees) or $3,078 (subsidised) or $1,863 (concession). Check the web for eligibility criteria. Final fees will be determined at enrolment.
    • Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) [CUA60120] is an approved VET Student Loan course for eligible students.
    • Applications are made to Flinders University on the SATAC University undergraduate website or by clicking onto the Apply now button above.
    • All students are required to wear the appropriate clothing to training sessions. This information will be supplied at the commencement of the program.
    • There will be 5 major seasons over the 3 years as part of the requirements of performance. During the final 2 weeks of each term associated with these performances night rehearsals will be required. Students will be asked to forgo any previous employment engagements during these times.
  • Total hours required: 70

    During the Advanced Diploma of Dance students will undertake industry secondment as part of the unit CUAIND601 – Work professionally in the creative arts industry. There is a minimum requirement of 2 placements.

  • Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of the Dance stream will have the necessary technique and skills to establish careers as performers, choreographers, artistic directors of dance companies, collaborators, community dance project directors, curators, producers, teachers, dance researchers and artistic leaders in a wide range of contexts locally, nationally and internationally.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Higher Education

    Certificate IV in Dance (CUA40113)
    This course is designed to prepare and introduce students to a pre-professional performing arts career. It provides skills and qualities to lead the stage in performing arts, and the education to be competitive in the industry. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 7 core units and 7 elective units.

    Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60120)

    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) - Flinders University
    Performance is combined with study of the theoretical knowledge that is essential for gaining employment and building skills as a professional dancer. The course has a strong emphasis on performance and on realising productions for public presentation and equips you with comprehensive professional skills in the areas of major employment in the entertainment industry, realistic dance techniques, devised movement practices, dance project realisation, choreography and stage performance. The course introduces you to areas of development and increasing importance in the Australian industry encouraging you to work as a conceptual artist through courses specialising in techniques of group devising, auto-performance and choreography and develops your awareness of the relevance of these discourses to professional practice.

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