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Career Planning (DNCE20026)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 6.25On Campus (Southbank)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDNCE20026
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will be delivered through a series of workshops, seminars and lectures. In preparation for entry into the dance industry the emphasis will be on potential career pathways in dance and dance-allied professions. The course will identify strategies for sustaining personal practice as a dance artist and managing career transitions. The course will also cover grant application writing and project management (focusing especially on responsible budgeting), CV preparation and contractual, legal and ethical issues as they relate to the dance artist.

In order to successfully complete this subject, students are normally expected to undertake additional self-directed study or written/reflective work for 3 hours per week.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject will enable the student to:

  • Develop strong writing skills.
  • Extend knowledge of the dance sector and its interdependencies.
  • Research, analyse and present information related to dance organisations.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of personal values and beliefs, as well as talents and passions within dance and the performing arts.
  • Conceptualise an artistic project and write a grant application seeking funding to support it.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Identify a range of national and international dance organisations and their role in the dance sector
  • Research, analyse and present information related to dance organisations
  • Confidently prepare both a CV and Resume and understand the differences between them
  • Reflect on personal values and beliefs to help determine career objectives
  • Work collaboratively to scope artistic projects
  • Prepare a grant application
  • Understand the nature of career pathways and transitions that may be encountered in the dance sector

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE20017 Dance Lineages 2
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DNCE30021 Career Planning
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

Completion of Year 2: Semester 1 of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) ensures all students have appropriate background knowledge

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Written Assignment (1000 words): Week 4 (10%)
  • CV Preparation (equivalent 1000 words): Week 6 (10%)
  • Research Project (1500 words): Week 10 (35%)
  • Grant Application (equivalent 1000 words): Week 12 (35%)
  • Coursework – active and ongoing engagement in classes (including regular individual feedback) against assessment criteria: engagement, capacity to discuss & express points of view and capacity for enquiry: End of Semester (10%)
  • 100% weekly punctual and full attendance is expected at all classes: 80% Attendance must be met to pass the subject (Hurdle Requirement)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorAnna Smith
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Southbank
    Contact hours1 X 2 hour seminar per week
    Total time commitment60 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

60 hours

Further information

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  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 30 July 2019