What will I learn?

A challenging course where regular performance, intensive training and classroom practice are central to the philosophy of the program.

The course provides an insight into dance as an art form, and as a social and educative experience. In addition to the pursuit of physical excellence, the course develops skills in communication, critical thinking, research and analysis, and demands that students be creatively productive.

The importance of sustainability in relation to professional career pathways is emphasised through engagement with industry partners and exposure to diverse performance environments locally, nationally, regionally and internationally.

Course Learning Outcomes

Apply broad historical, philosophical, theoretical and practical discipline knowledge to a range of professional and associated dance-related contexts.

Think critically to analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex disciplinary knowledge within a choreographic and dance performance context.

Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse performance contexts to produce creative and innovative ideas in response to industry trends.

Use digital technologies and discipline related literacies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources.

Successfully communicate knowledge and ideas, which incorporate other art forms, including duo and improvisation within a range of choreographic styles and approaches.

Incorporate techniques and teaching approaches to demonstrate a global outlook and communicate cross-cultural awareness, including indigenous cultural competence.

Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving, and decision making when interpreting the intention of choreographic work for professional practice in both solo and collaborative settings.

Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning through self-reflection and application of feedback on individual project work in diverse settings.

Career opportunities

This course encourages students to pursue individual goals as dance artists, choreographers, teachers or researchers.

Possible future job titles

Dancer, Contemporary Dancer, Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Teacher, Entertainer, Performer

Which department am I in?

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,850.00 (US$ 24,154) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,850

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

Start date

14 February 2022


Mount Lawley Campus

2 Bradford Street,


Western Australia,

6050, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study. International Baccalaureate Diploma - Minimum of 24 points (Minimum of 28 points for Law), consisting of aggregate from 3 higher level & 3 subsidiary level. Standard Entry 24, Higher Entry 28.. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.0, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic: PTE Academic 52, with no scores less than 50; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced] (CAE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced - An overall score of 169, with no individual band less than 169.

For international students

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course.

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;
  • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study.

English competency requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0).
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - 52, with no scores less than 50. (Results are valid for two years only.)
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17.
  • TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) - Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Phoenix Academy

About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections

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