Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) - Flinders University


Study pathway: Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60120)


If performance is your passion, take it to the world stage with the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance). Delivered in partnership with Flinders University and TAFE SA, this rigorous course explores the practical and theoretical elements of dance. Refine your skills as you study dancing at this elite level. Learn the technical and creative facets of dance along with body conditioning and wellbeing. Your studies will include classical and contemporary dance, together with acting, anatomy, kinesiology, history of dance, music composition, and production techniques. You’ll train in the state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance spaces at the Adelaide College of the Arts, our flagship creative campus. Take your place on the world stage as a professional dancer or choreographer.

Please note: admission to this course is based on audition. See the important information tab below for more details.

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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
  • Satisfactory achievement in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Successful completion of SACE (year 12) results (or equivalent) achieving an ATAR of 60 or above

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 $34,986 (full fees) or $8,747 (subsidised) or $6,069 (concession) charged over 5 semesters. Fees for the Certificate IV in Dance CUA40113 are $11,277 (full fees) or $3,401 (subsidised) or $2,059 (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.

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    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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