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Bachelor of Dance Education

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The Bachelor of Dance Education is a four-year full-time specialist professional qualification and is unique in Australia in that it provides the knowledge and skills to become qualified as a Dance teacher and a Physical and Health Education teacher.

Subjects are delivered by highly qualified and experienced professionals in a supportive learning environment.

The degree develops in each student the requisite pedagogical knowledge and understanding to be an effective classroom ready teacher. Students will be provided with school based practical experiences throughout their degree.

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Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Bachelor of Dance Education.

  • Course duration
    4 years full time or part time equivalent
  • Study mode
    Face to face with selected subjects available online
  • Online learning
    Selected units available online for students enrolled in courses that are not fully online. Online units in these courses are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort in these units is too small to ensure an optimal student experience, the College reserves the right to alter the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode.
  • Dance Audition
    In addition to the College’s entry requirements, this course requires an audition (linked to standards of dance technique and dance composition).
  • Intakes
    8 March 2021
    FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students)
    Payment plans & direct payment available
    Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.
  • Transfer credit
    An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

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Course overview

An overview of the Bachelor of Dance Education.

About the course

The Bachelor of Dance Education prepares graduates to teach dance in the secondary school system, or apply their skills and knowledge in other educational contexts.

The dance teaching degree is unique in Australia in that it positions the study and practice of dance as an art form within the broader context of physical activity and physical expression. Students who undertake this degree build a foundation for the lifelong development of skills and attributes appropriate to professional teachers.

Students simultaneously broaden their experience in dance and in physical education, in an environment that focuses on educational pedagogy. Both areas are supported by the study of personal development, health, and the anatomy of the human body.

Combining dance, health and teaching into one degree

Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PD/H/PE) is offered as a parallel course of study, enabling students to qualify in a second teaching method and a key learning area in secondary schools.

The Bachelor of Dance Education is endorsed by the NSW Department of Education.

Courses offered in this dance teaching degree include:

  • Dance classes
  • Performance
  • Anatomy
  • Health
  • Practical experience component

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Current students studying Dance at ACPE share their talent, inspiration and career aspirations while demonstrating their skill and passion for dance.

Course structure

The full time course structure for the Bachelor of Dance Education.

The Bachelor of Dance Education can be completed in four years of full-time study. A maximum of eight years is allowed for students to complete the degree part-time. The degree program is divided into eight semesters, each of 12 weeks duration. Study involves approximately 16 contact hours a week (excluding examination and study weeks).

The course is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops, seminars, and individual tuition. Students also undertake four professional experience sessions in a range of schools.

Semester 1

  • Dance History
  • Dance Composition
  • Understanding Health
  • Skill Acquisition

Semester 2

  • Dance History
  • Dance Production
  • Popular Dance Styles
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology

Semester 3

  • Classroom Skills I
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching HPE I
  • Classical Dance Styles
  • Practices in Movement
  • Professional Experience 1

Semester 4

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance
  • Dance Analysis
  • Theory & Application of Playing Sport
  • Professional Experience 2

Semester 5

  • Classroom Skills II
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in HPE II
  • Dance Composition II
  • Contemporary Youth Health
  • Professional Experience 3

Semester 6

  • Social Influences and Student Diversity
  • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance II
  • Dance Performance
  • Elements of Movements

Semester 7

  • Teaching Skills: Dance Studio
  • Youth Health & Resilience
  • The Inclusive Classroom
  • Applied Exercise Physiology

Semester 8

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education
  • Current Issues: A Teaching Research Project
  • Dance and Technology
  • Literacy for Learning and Teaching
  • Professional Experience 4

Course outcomes

Discover where a Bachelor of Dance Education degree can take you.

It doesn’t matter what style of dance you prefer to teach or where, your industry recognised qualification from ACPE will be your ticket to success. From tailoring class in your own dance studio to conducting performances as primary or high schools, the future looks bright for Bachelor of Dance Education graduates from ACPE.

Career opportunities

  • Dance Instructor (Secondary schools)
  • HPE Teacher (Secondary Schools)
  • Dance Teacher (Private studio)
  • Dance Coordinator (arts industry)
  • Community Wellness Officer (dance)

Did you know?

There are 2 methods of entry available for the Bachelor of Dance Education, direct entry or pathway entry.

Direct Entry
To be admitted directly into the Bachelor of Dance Education, applicants must demonstrate one of the following:

  • Achieve at least three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English; or
  • Pass bridging units benchmarked to a Band 5 HSC result; or
  • Completion of a NESA approved alternative entry pathway as advised by your prospective university; or
  • Have completed a Higher Education Degree.

Pathway Entry
An applicant for an Education Degree who does not meet the criteria for direct entry may be permitted to enrol in a linked undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Dance Practice) and apply for transfer at the end of Year 1 under the following conditions:

  • A credit average in first year units in the designated ACPE degree; or
  • A credit average in a full year of academic studies at another institution in a degree with ACPE-equivalent; or


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