The Bachelor of Dance Practice is a specialised degree that will equip you with the skills and experience to become a professional in the dance industry.
The course develops artistry, choreography, performance, educational and organisational skills for studio-based teaching. It also extends into safe dance practice, the values and ethics of community arts practice, dance within a health context, project management, running a small business, and technical production.
As the dance industry continues to evolve, so do the employment opportunities available for graduates. Combining creativity with practical training and industry placements, this degree is perfect for passionate individuals who want to build a solid career within the dynamic dance industry.
The Bachelor of Dance Practice is a pathway course for the Bachelor of Dance Education. The first year of the pathway degree has the same units. If you meet the entry requirements, you do not lose credits or any time when you transfer into the second year.
CRICOS provider code (095596C)
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Dance artist (company dancer, freelance dancer, choreographer)
- Creative producer
- Artistic director (dance company, festival arts and media organisations)
- Arts manager (CEO, general manager, programmer, producer or Administrator Arts Business, Centre of Institution)
- Community artist
- Community dance facilitator
- Performing arts curator
- Dance studio director
- Dance teacher (private studios, community organisations, fitness centres)
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
- New South Wales
- Olympic Park
Duration and Study Load
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
This course is available on campus with selected units available online. It is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops, and seminars. Students also undertake three dance industry placements.
Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses must meet both the academic entry requirements of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) – or their equivalent, AND be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of ACPE your suitability for entry into an ITE program. You may be granted direct or indirect entry into an Education degree.
To be admitted directly into an ITE course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- A minimum of three (3) NSW HSC band 5 results, including one in English; or
- the completion of bridging units equivalent to a minimum of 3 bands 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by NESA;
- or the completion of a Bachelor-level or higher degree at an accredited higher education institution;
- or the completion of a NESA-approved alternative entry pathway. The Bachelor of Dance Practice is ACPE’s NESA-approved pathway into Education.
If you do not meet the criteria for direct entry, you could be permitted to enrol in a linked undergraduate degree and apply for transfer at the end of the first year of study under the following conditions:
- You pass all first-year units in the designated ACPE degree with an overall credit average; or
- if a credit average is not attained, have completed all first-year subjects of the designated ACPE degree and pass the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Literacy and Numeracy test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE); or
- have a credit average in a full year of academic studies at another institution in a degree with ACPE-equivalent and relevant discipline subjects.
In addition, all applicants for ITE courses must sign a letter acknowledging that AITSL and NESA regulations that require you to demonstrate adequate literacy and numeracy capacities. You will need to complete a LANTITE test by ACER, done at your own cost.
All applicants must complete a dance workshop before entry.
ACPE offers a range of alternative entry pathways to help you enter a degree. If you are looking to turn your passion for dance and education into a career, an industry-recognised qualification from ACPE will give you the foundation you need.
- All applicants must meet minimum computer literacy standards as determined by ACPE and have unrestricted access to the internet and a personal email account. Domestic applicants must be 18 years of age or turn 18 within their first semester of study. International applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements for their chosen course of study.
- For courses that involve work-integrated learning where you may deal with children (i.e. under 18 years of age) such as Education courses, applicants require a valid “Working with Children Check” which needs to be supplied to ACPE before you commence your course
Suitability for teaching
ACPE reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicant based on their inability to demonstrate to our satisfaction, suitability for entry into an ITE program. You must achieve a satisfactory outcome in the Suitability for Teaching Application.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning acknowledges the skills and knowledge that students will bring to their studies at ACPE through previous education or employment experience.
ACPE will assess prior learning to grant credit towards an award, provided the prior learning is current and relevant to the learning outcomes of the award. The assessment for admission and/or credit transfer must be evidence-based, equitable, and academically defensible (TEQSA Threshold Standards).
ACPE may, at its discretion, set additional requirements for the recognition of prior learning, including testing, interviews, and portfolio submission.
While some subjects require mid-term and final exams, assessments may also comprise of quizzes, essays, research tasks, practical presentations, and dance performances. If you are enrolled in an online unit, you will need to sit your final exam at the ACPE campus. Or, if you live at a distance, arrangements will be required for external supervision.
Danielle NollBachelor of Dance Practice
Further Study Options
- Dance therapy
- Arts administration
- Interdisciplinary arts research
- Dance theory
About Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)
Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is Australia’s leading sport education provider that is renowned for its specialist accredited degree and diploma programs.
Since our story began in 1917, many students have become respected and admired sport professionals. ACPE’s work-ready experience placements, unit delivery with industry experts, Elite Athlete Program, and Scholarships are just some of the ways we help students reach their fullest potential and achieve a sustainable long-term career.
We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE.
Compared to other universities and education providers, ACPE is rated in the top 15 for the overall quality of the student experience in 2021. We achieved a 94.4% rating for teaching quality, 88.5% for the quality of the overall student experience, and 92.9% for student support – significantly ahead – making ACPE the leading provider of sport, health, and dance courses in Australia.
Located at Sydney Olympic Park, we are surrounded by sport organisations and industry partners presenting opportunities at our doorstep. We are FEE-HELP approved and not ATAR dependent. Turn your passion for sport into a career. Why go anywhere else?
ACPE CRICOS provider code (01822J)