About this course
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed one of:
(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including;
VCE Units 3 and 4 either a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language;
(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level);
(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.
Applicants are also required to complete an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance, and
- performance in an audition and interview.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.
Note. For applicants through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) involves embodying, articulating and performing dance knowledge. All students of Dance must possess intellectual, ethical, social, physical and emotional capabilities required to participate in and achieve the core learning outcomes required for successful course completion.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) students must have abilities and skills that include the following:
Advanced ability in at least one dance genre or technique. Students will have the physical ability and mental aptitude to be able to benefit from intensive dance education and training. This ability is initially assessed at the application stage by audition into the degree and requires demonstration of a well-developed level of physical control, movement quality and expression through the performance of dance vocabulary;
Dance literacy. Students must be capable of interpreting and analysing dances and choreographic instructions within a range of dance styles and approaches.
Open-mindedness. Students will demonstrate a positive mental aptitude and curiosity that will enable them to realise their potential during their time undertaking the degree.
The ability be an autonomous learner. A Student's needs to possess an appropriate level of cognition to deal with the demands of learning complex movement sequences, participate in patterned choreographic form-finding, and improvise as an autonomous learner.
The capacity to communicate knowledge and apply dance principles in assessment activities. Students will possess aptitude for explaining, demonstrating and sharing their knowledge with others as well as receiving and processing feedback.
The ability to perform and contribute as part of an ensemble or team. Students will possess abilities to self-regulate their emotional health, be respectful of each other and body boundaries and exercise good judgment in group and collaborative activities. All Students need to be aware of their personal limitations and when and where to seek professional advice or supervision.
Stamina and Resilient Practice. Students must be able to tolerate physically demanding practice and academic pressures including in the process of meeting deadlines for written and performance outcomes.
Behavioural and Social Attributes. Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of others. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
Last updated: 10 November 2023