1. Handbook
  2. Courses
  3. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  4. Attributes, outcomes and skills

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) (B-FADANCE) // Attributes, outcomes and skills

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks

Intended learning outcomes

The BFA is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble in a wide range of careers and performance or production opportunities. They will be well-trained and knowledgeable in their own and related fields, and committed to continuous learning and production in their discipline; they will also have a local and international perspective on their own arts practice. As well as excellence in practising their own art form, BFA graduates will have good academic literacy skills in expression, argument and research and be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies.

Generic skills

Artistically excellent:

  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional artist/practitioner in the 21 Century
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of artistic practices and scholarship
  • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
  • reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
  • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies

Knowledgeable across disciplines:

  • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines
  • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment

Leaders in communities:

  • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • mentor future generations of learners
  • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:

  • value different cultures and their cultural forms of practice
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
  • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values

Active global citizens:

  • understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society
  • accept social and civic responsibilities
  • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
  • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.