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What will I learn?


  • Designed for future dance professionals who aspire to careers in dance teaching, choreography, research and academia, community arts practice, dance medicine and science, and arts management.
  • Develop core techniques in contemporary dance and experience in a broad range of genres.
  • Connect with lively professional networks in Australia and globally.
  • You will be taught by internationally-recognised staff and visiting specialists.

Why choose this course?

Beyond the performers who bring audiences to their feet, is a larger industry of dance professionals. A career in dance can take you into teaching, research, dance therapy, arts management or community arts management. If you’re passionate about dance, but you’d prefer to take the lead without being on the stage, this course could be just what you’ve been looking for.

This course offers training in the core technique of contemporary dance and experience in a broad range of genres including ballet, hip hop, jazz and yoga, in addition to alternative dance styles from a diverse range of global cultures, including Latin. Duo and partnering are also learnt within these styles.

Performance events across site-specific, digital and theatrical domains engage you with the public interface of your practice. Technology is integrated within choreographic workshops which include the exploration of a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. When not in the studio you will engage with theoretical knowledge, involving analysing and reflecting on both the mind and body in dance, and the roles of diverse styles.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and creative styles via an audition.

Real-world learning

This course offers training in a broad range of genres and a variety of choreographic experiences, supported by theoretical knowledge. You’ll also gain cross-disciplinary experience and engage with a broad spectrum of technologies through projects with students studying acting, music and other disciplines.

In this course, you’ll get the opportunity to work alongside professionals in at least one Australian or international project. You’ll learn from internationally recognised teaching staff and visiting specialists, and connect with local and global professional networks. You will benefit from partnerships with organisations such as Expressions Dance Company, the Queensland Ballet Company and the Royal Academy of Dance UK.

Careers and outcomes

Graduates of this major often move into careers as dance teachers in schools (with an appropriate teaching qualification), private studios, universities and professional dance company education programs. Graduates also work as dance researchers and academics, community engagement officers for dance companies, dance journalists, festival and community project directors and producers, independent dance practitioners, private dance studio owners, community dance artists, arts administrators, and dance health professionals (with further specialised training).

Possible careers

  • Art Project Manager
  • Arts Administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Creative Entrepreneur
  • Dance Journalist
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Dance Teacher
  • Events and Festivals Coordinator
  • Festival Director
  • Independent dance artist

Which department am I in?

Creative Industries Faculty



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,500.00 (17,60,563) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February 2022


Kelvin Grove Campus

Victoria Park Road,



4059, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an aggregate score of 28. IELTS Academic - Overall 6.5, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 6.0; Pearson PTE (Academic) - Overall 58, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 50; TOEFL iBT - Overall 79, Listening Reading -16; Writing - 21; Speaking - 18. Cambridge Advanced English Score - Overall 176, Listening Reading Writing Speaking - 169.

For international students

  • Foundation Program Year completed at an Australian University with a final overall grade average of 4.5 (on a 7 point scale) and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Intensive Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Foundation Program with a grade average of at least 4.4 out of 7 and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).
  • QUT Diploma program with a grade point average of at least 4.0 out of 7; and a grade of 4 or higher in any pre-requisite unit(s).


You must:

  • perform an audition
  • have completed Australian Year 12, or equivalent qualification.

IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 6; TOEFL iBT score of 79 with Listening, Reading score of 16, Writing score of 21 and Speaking score of 18; Pearson PTE (Academic) score of 58 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 176 with Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking score of 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

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