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The Dance specialisation in the Bachelor of Fine Arts builds on the VCA's outstanding reputation for performance-focused dance training. It attracts highly motivated dancers who are willing to meet the program’s technical demands and creative challenges.

The integrated dance curriculum develops technically strong, kinaesthetically aware dance artists and provides the foundation for an autonomous and sustainable career in dance. It is designed to develop and challenge your technical, creative and analytic abilities through specialist training in contemporary dance, classical ballet, dance science and somatic practices, choreography, and performance.

The program offers you the option to focus your elective studies on further specialisation in dance, or an interdisciplinary approach through VCA electives from other artistic disciplines.

Located in the arts precinct of Melbourne, Australia’s dance capital, the VCA’s state-of-the-art facilities include five purpose-built dance studios, and an intimate studio theatre. Dedicated video editing suites and seminar rooms provide up-to-date learning environments for dance video, anatomy, dance analysis and performance psychology.

Selection into this specialisation is talent-based and includes an audition and interview. See details. 


  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Artistic director
  • Ballet teacher
  • Community dance artist/director
  • Contemporary dance teacher
  • Freelance artist
  • Freelance director
  • Performer.

Subjects you could take in this major

  • Through a course of research, students undertake their year-long project under the guidance of their individual supervisor for presentation at the end of the academic year. The major project can consist of single defined project and/or contributions to a number of projects depending on the nature of the discipline. At the time of selection the written outline of the proposed major project or major field of study is submitted. This provides the framework for developing the lines of inquiry taken by the student and the final creative work outcome.

  • A weekly seminar that begins to introduce and examine the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. This seminar acquaints students with a range of research methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in refining their research question/proposal and developing a research methodology appropriate to their discipline and project. In the seminar research skills, techniques and methodologies are demonstrated both by instruction and example.

  • The research paper should identify and critically reflect on an issue persuasively presented as relevant to the candidate’s major project. It should demonstrate a capacity for critical investigation and discrimination and address context as well as identify pertinent thematic, technical, stylistic and formal issues. Students are expected to present aspects of their research to their peers and produce a 5 - 7,000 word research paper for examination at the completion of the year.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2016
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2016
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You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Fine Arts is talent-based. The selection process for each specialisation may include: - Animation: test,interview and folio - Contemporary Music: audition, personal statement and folio - Dance: audition and interview - Film and Television: test and interview - Music Theatre: audition - Production: interview and workshop - Screenwriting: test and interview - Theatre Practice: audition, interview and workshop - Visual Art: interview and folio

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