Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) builds on the Victorian College of the Arts’ outstanding reputation for performance-focused dance education.
The course develops kinetically strong, culturally and conceptually aware dance artists through specialist education in an inclusive range of contemporary dance practices, dance science and somatics, critical dance studies, choreography and performance.
In a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere, you will train to meet the technical demands, kinaesthetic awareness and creative challenges of a career in dance. New works by professional Australian and international choreographers and repertory studies provide invaluable performance experience and interaction with the dance profession.
There is some flexibility within the degree, allowing you to choose elective subjects in dance or from other artistic disciplines at the VCA. You can also complete electives from outside of the VCA’s offerings, to prepare you for other pathways, such as teaching.
Breadth subjects at each year level enable you to explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, accessing multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities for you to investigate and develop new interests.
You will have access to state-of-the art facilities, including five purpose-built dance studios and a range of on-campus theatre and performance spaces.
At Southbank campus, within the city’s lively creative arts precinct, you’ll find the University’s acclaimed music and visual and performing arts faculty. Southbank campus is purpose built for the creative arts, and features sound and dance stages, animation studios, cinemas and visual arts studios.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
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As a graduate, you will have developed your skills and expertise to work independently (or in an ensemble), in a wide range of careers in Australia and internationally. Our graduates have diverse careers as:
- Artistic directors
- Dance teachers
- Community dance artists
- Contemporary dance teachers
- Dance researchers
- Dance scientists
- Dance writers/ critics
- Dance academics
- 2 years PSW
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
To meet minimum eligibility for entry into a Melbourne undergraduate degree, you need to:
- complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent qualification*
- complete and achieve the required grades in each of the prerequisite subjects for the course and any prerequisite tests, interviews or auditions required by the undergraduate course you're applying for
- meet English language requirements**
- India: All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) and Indian School Certificate (ISC) or State Board Matriculation Examination (Minimum 65% in Year 12)
- Sri Lanka: A-Levels
English language requirements**
- TOEFL – you need a score of 577 or more including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test, or a score of 79 and scores of 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test. To submit your scores when you apply, use our TOEFL Institution Code: 0974.
- IELTS – you need a score 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 of 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 of 176 with no skill below 169.
You’ll need to satisfy the subject prerequisite requirements for the course you've applied for. This ensures you have the right skills, knowledge, and experience required for the course. If you haven’t, you can satisfy prerequisite requirements in a number of ways, including:
- Submitting past VCE Unit 3/4 or equivalent studies you've done in the last 10 years.
- Doing an adult VCE program, such as Adult Community Education (ACE), Technical and Further Education (TAFE), and Centre for Adult Education (CAE). See the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) for a full list.
- Studying single subjects through the University of Melbourne. Subjects they offer through the program include Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths Methods, Physics, and Specialist Maths. See Single-subject studies
- Course Code: 093583B
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
- Duration: 03 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
Application Fee: 100 AUD
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