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What will I learn?

Launching in 2022, the Master of Dance is the first program in Australia dedicated to dance as an interdisciplinary practice enmeshed with local and global crosscurrents of movement cultures, dance health and education, and choreographic thinking.

This two-year program focuses on dance as an embodied experience augmented and informed by a rich field of knowledges, including contemporary aesthetics, dance science, cultural theory, and everyday politics.

The Master of Dance will provide a vehicle for students to engage in practice-based research, dance theory and creative technologies equipping them with the skills and know-how to advance their capabilities for working in today’s professional environment. The program promotes understandings of the social, political and cultural issues around embodiment, community and the environment. Taking place within this expanding field, it empowers diverse ways of knowing, making, learning and participating in dance as a generative force contributing to culture and society at large.

The program offers pathways for dancers into specialised careers through its emphasis upon applied practice including through working in situ and through placements. It prepares students for careers, including in dance and community practice, dance health and well-being, cultural leadership, choreography and performance.

Six core subjects and an extended research project develop multiple vocational routes through the dance and performance field. Interdisciplinary, environmentally responsive, digitally enabled, somatic informed dance meets the world through research-creation processes of making, writing and performing.

Opportunities for industry placement and input from leading professionals in the dance field ensure relevance and aim to generate opportunities for employability.

Who is this course for?

Open to students with expertise in all forms of movement practice from any culture or geographical area, the Master of Dance is designed to attract students wishing to contextualize and extend their practice and career changers with a specific interest in dance, dance education, and recent developments in the field.

Career

The course focuses on the rigorous preparation of graduate students to work across all areas of the dance profession. Students will graduate with skills suitable for pursuing careers in choreography, inter-disciplinary practice, community engagement, health, arts advocacy, education and research.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates will have developed:

  • Advanced skills in synthesising critical perspectives on dance and the body through written, embodied, choreographic and pedagogic practices
  • Demonstrated scientific and somatic knowledge about the body in dance training and education applied to enhance performance, health and wellbeing
  • Advanced capacities to experiment across media with developing and representing dance as research
  • Confidence to engage with communities of dance practice and environments through reciprocal and ethical relationships that acknowledge different worldviews.

Graduate pathways

Upon completion of the program, graduates can select to undertake further study in the Doctor of Philosophy - Fine Arts and Music in Dance.

CRICOS

105697M

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,720.00 (19,09,791) per year
Start date

25 July 2022

Venue

Victorian College of Arts

The University of Melbourne (Southbank Campus),

234 St Kilda Road,

SOUTHBANK,

Victoria,

3006, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) must be able to demonstrate: A Bachelor of Music degree with a weighted average mark of at least 65% in the final year or equivalent or A Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music Ð Improvisation) with a weighted average mark of at least 65% in the final year or equivalent or A Graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) with a weighted average mark of at least 65% or equivalent. English language requirements: TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test; IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

Applicants for the Master of Dance must meet the following criteria: An undergraduate degree in dance; or At least six years of documented professional experience in dance and/or related performing arts; or an honours degree in dance or a related field.

English language requirements:

TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test.

IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

Closing Dates: 30 September for commencement in Semester 1 the following year.

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