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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) (B-FADANCE)

Bachelors DegreeYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Southbank)

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Overview

Award titleBachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Year & campus2019 — Southbank
CRICOS code093583B
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 7
Credit points300 credit points
Duration36 months full time

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a three-year degree which offers immersive and experiential practice-based studio studies in nine areas of specialisation (Acting, Animation, Dance, Design and Production, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Screenwriting, Theatre and Visual Art). It features an intense and student-centred approach to skills training, to create self-confident and autonomous arts practitioners with the capacity to build sustainable careers in an international context. Each specialisation features regular opportunities for exhibition, production and performance, and culminates in a capstone experience, which prepares students for professional work and further research. Critical studies build knowledge of the context of a student’s core discipline along with academic literacy, and complementary studies offer a choice of electives in the visual and performing arts, or from other areas of study within the University of Melbourne. The degree is designed to have international currency and to assist the VCA to raise its international profile.

Entry requirements

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to pursue successfully the course using the following criteria:

  • successful completion of the VCE (or an equivalent qualification) with a study score of at least 25 in Units 3 and 4 English/English Language/Literature, or a study score of at least 30 in Units 3 and 4 ESL. Minimum ATAR is not applicable.
  • performance in an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation.

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Core participation requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) is designed to train highly skilled arts practitioners who can work independently or in ensemble across a wide range of careers and performance or production opportunities in dance. The core participation requirements of this course are consistent with this objective.

The BFA (Dance) is a demanding program requiring candidates to actively participate in all scheduled classes. The majority of subjects in the course have continuous and progressive assessment throughout the study period. A candidate for this course must possess abilities and skills in the following categories across all aspects of the course:

  • Physical abilities
    • Physical strength, agility and endurance
    • Motor skills
    • Hearing
    • Observation
  • Ability to monitor and manage own health
  • Communication skills
  • Intellectual abilities
  • Behavioural and social skills

Physical abilities

Physical strength, agility and endurance

The physical demands of the course on students are high. It is a requirement that students actively participate in all classes and all scheduled rehearsals. Classes include intensive physical training and performance. Active participation in classes requires sustained and repeat effort. Students must be able to safely participate in sustained cardiac and strength-based activity over a period of hours without risk to their health and wellbeing.

Motor skills

  • Students must possess gross and fine motor functions to be able to participate fully and independently in all classes.

Hearing

  • Students must be able to hear and follow verbal instructions and auditory cues.
  • Students must be able to accurately perceive time and tempo in music.

Observation

  • Students must be able to participate in classes, rehearsals and performance. They must be able to observe and follow technical instructions as delivered by teachers and others. Students must be aware of their surroundings and their position within spaces.

Communication Skills

  • Students must be able to communicate effectively and respectfully, both verbally and in written form.

Monitor and manage own health

  • Students must be capable of identifying the potential risk of injury and take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others whilst undertaking these activities.

Intellectual Skills

  • Students must possess a range of intellectual capacities, including
    • Critical self-reflection
    • Analysis
    • Complex problem-solving
    • The ability to draw links across diverse areas of learning and practice

Behavioural and Social Skills

  • Students must possess the behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex, group-based learning environment.
  • Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning.
  • Students must be capable of working effectively both as individuals and team members.
  • Since they also contribute to other students’ learning in a collaborative environment, they must possess interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of others. Assessment components may include collaborative tasks.
  • Students must be capable of and committed to effectively working under direction and undertaking regular independent preparation and practice.
  • Students must be reliable and dependable in meeting commitments for classes, rehearsals and performances.
  • Students must behave in a respectful and collegial fashion with other students, academic, administrative and technical staff of the Faculty, members of industry and external bodies, and the community.
  • Students must be mature, self-aware and have the emotional health necessary to utilise their intellectual and creative abilities fully, including skills in critical self-reflection.
  • Students must be able to perform publicly and receive criticism and feedback publicly.
  • Students must possess emotional resilience, as expected of performers within the profession.
  • Students must be aware of their personal limitations, and be cognisant of when and where to seek assistance or professional advice and support.

Attendance Requirements

A minimum of 80% attendance at all classes and rehearsals is compulsory in the course. Teaching staff will take a roll to record attendance.

Reasonable adjustments

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements.

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The University of Melbourne is required by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Cth) and Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.

‘Reasonable adjustments’ are modifications or accommodations made by the University that assist a student with a disability to participate in their course or access University facilities on the same basis as someone without a disability. A reasonable adjustment might be an aid to vision or hearing, or allowing extra time for written examinations. The role of Student Equity and Disability Support (SEDS) is to support students with disabilities, including assisting in the negotiation of reasonable adjustments for students who have disabilities.

Any such adjustments must be reasonable and cannot compromise the academic integrity of a course. Reasonable adjustments are provided to assist students to fulfil the core participation requirements, not as a substitute for those requirements

With appropriate support and reasonable adjustments where possible, students must be able to meet the Core Participation Requirements in order to graduate from the BFA course.

In determining whether an adjustment is reasonable, the University will consider:

  • The nature of the disability;
  • The effect of the adjustment on the student’s ability to demonstrate the required learning outcomes and participate in the course;
  • The effect of the adjustment on any other person, including other students and staff; and
  • The cost and logistical impact of the adjustment.

Students should note that a reasonable adjustment may include modification to assessment and providing additional support services, but the University cannot make an adjustment that would affect the academic integrity of the course or the safety of students or staff.

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.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) requires the successful completion of 300 points comprising 100 points of study at first, second and third year levels. Students can continue to a fourth year of study to complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (Dance).

Core Subjects

There are 237.5 points in core subjects in the dance specialisation. Dancers are trained for the technical demands and creative challenges of careers in dance through studio-based and theoretical core subjects which focus on dance technique training in contemporary dance and ballet, somatic practices, choreography and performance.

Electives

Dance students take 62.5 points in electives over the course of their study. 6.25 elective points must be taken in 1st Year, 18.75 elective points in 2nd year, and 37.5 elevtive points are to be taken in 3rd year. Students can choose to specialise further in Dance, OR choose VCA electives from other artistic disciplines OR choose University of Melbourne breadth subjects to prepare for other pathways such as teaching and education.

The course structure for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) is outlined below.

Subject options

First Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE10016 Choreographic Process into Performance 1
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE10017 Dance Technique 1
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE10018 Integrated Body Mind Practices 1
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE10028 The Dancer as Artist
Semester 1
12.5

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE10019 Choreographic Process into Performance 2
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE10021 Dance Lineages 1
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE10022 Dance Technique 2
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE10023 Dance Technique Extension 1
Semester 2
6.25

Plus one 6.25 point 1st year Dance Elective (listed below)

Second Year

Semester 1

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE20013 Dance Technique 3
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE20014 Choreographic Process into Performance 3
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE20015 Dance Technique Extension 2
Semester 1
6.25
DNCE20016 Integrated Body Mind Practices 2
Semester 1
6.25
DNCE20017 Dance Lineages 2
Semester 1
12.5

Semester 2

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE20018 Dance Technique 4
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20019 Choreographic Process into Performance 4
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20020 Integrated Body Mind Practices 3
Semester 2
6.25

Plus 18.75 points of Dance Electives (listed below) or VCA Electives (listed below) or University Breadth (see Handbook)

Third Year

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE30002 Special Study
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE30011 Dance Technique 5
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE30015 Performance Project A
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE30016 Performance Project B
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE30025 Dance Technique 6
Semester 2
12.5

Plus 37.5 points of Dance Electives (listed below) or VCA Electives (listed below) or University Breadth (see Handbook)

Dance Electives

All Years

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DNCE10020 Body Balance
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE10025 Voice
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE10026 Improvisation and Duo
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE20023 Independent Dance Contract A
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20024 Dance Technique Extension 3
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE20025 Voice
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE20026 Career Planning
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE20027 Improvisation and Duo
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE20029 Body Balance
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE30010 Choreographic Processes 5 Screen Dance
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE30012 Choreographic Processes 6 Site Specific
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE20028 Travelling Dance Studio
June
12.5
DNCE30013 Independent Dance Contract B
Semester 1
12.5
DNCE30014 Independent Dance Contract C
Semester 2
12.5
DNCE30019 Dance Industry Project
Semester 1
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE30020 Dance Technique Extension 4
Semester 1
6.25
DNCE30021 Career Planning
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE30022 Dance Technique Extension 5
Semester 2
6.25
DNCE30024 Travelling Dance Studio
June
12.5

VCA Electives - level 1 subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
AIND10003 Ancient and Contemporary Indigenous Arts
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
AIND10004 Art and Indigenous Voice
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10179 Making Music For Film And Animation 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5
THTR10019 Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10222 The Wellbeing Orchestra
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI10202 Jazz: The Improvisatory Spirit
Semester 1
12.5
FLTV10021 Interactive Art Media 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10009 Music Theatre: From Chorus To Ensemble
Winter Term
12.5
FLTV10010 Making Movies 1
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10036 Life Drawing: The Body
Semester 1
12.5
MUSI10184 Pop Song Writing 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FINA10035 Still Life: Nature Morte
Semester 2
12.5
THTR10007 The Actors Process
Winter Term
12.5
DRAM10026 Up Close and Personal with MTC
Semester 1
June
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10001
FLTV10023 Introduction to Screenwriting Practices
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10002 The Electronic Arts: Vision and Sound
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP10003 Video Games: Remaking Reality
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10009 Music Theatre: From Chorus To Ensemble
Winter Term
12.5
MUST10010 Singing 1
Semester 1
12.5
MUST10011 Singing 2
Semester 2
12.5
MUST10012 Alexander Technique for Daily Function
Semester 2
12.5
DPSS10007 The History of Cool: Fashion & Attitude
Semester 2
12.5

VCA Electives - level 2 subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
MUSI20190 Advanced Recording Studio Techniques
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20167 Creating Music For Advertising Not available in 2019 12.5
THTR20043 Design and the Moving Image
July
12.5
FINA20035 Drawing with Anatomy
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
MUSI20164 Free Play New Music Improvisation Ensem
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20010 Glee Singing: The Power Of Pop Music
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20194
THTR20022 Improvisation: Text, Space and Action
Winter Term
12.5
AIND20011 Indigenous Art and Changing the Nation
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5
FLTV20005 Making Movies 2
Semester 1
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age Not available in 2019 12.5
FINA20026 Painting Techniques
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20033 Introduction to Printmaking Processes
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20044 Art and the Botanical
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
FINA20045 Introduction to Screenprinting
Summer Term
February
Semester 1
June
Winter Term
Semester 2
12.5
THTR20042 Puppets as Storytellers
Summer Term
12.5
MUSI20192 R&B, Soul & Gospel Choir
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20163 Samba Band
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
CCDP20001 Street Art
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUSI20173 The Art of Game Music
Semester 1
12.5
THTR20023 The Artist's Toolbox
February
July
12.5
MUSI20206 The Business of Music
Semester 2
12.5
FINA20036 Under Camera Animation
Summer Term
February
June
Winter Term
12.5
MUSI20174 The Laptop Recording Studio
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20007 Bollywood: a cross-disciplinary study
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20008 Music Theatre: Singing Sondheim
Summer Term
12.5
MUST20009 Music Theatre: Singing the Golden Age Not available in 2019 12.5
MUST20010 Glee Singing: The Power Of Pop Music
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MUST20011 Intimate Acts: Inside The 'Fourth Wall'
Semester 2
12.5

VCA Electives - level 3 subjects

Code Name Study period Credit Points
DRAM30020 Acting for Camera
Winter Term
12.5
THTR30042 Hashtag Cyberstar
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
FLTV30013 Making Movies 3 Not available in 2019 12.5
MUSI30236 The Music Producer: From Brass to Beats
Semester 1
12.5
THTR30039 Understanding Masks
Winter Term
12.5
FLTV30022 Making Movies 3 Practical Production
February
12.5
MUST30012 Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
Semester 1
12.5
MUST30012 Music Theatre: Singing Rock Musicals
Semester 1
12.5

Last updated: 16 September 2019