Course Description

Enables outstanding students to learn and apply practical, theoretical and research skills in either or both creative (choreographic or other media) and scholarly areas of dance.

The course involves learning in the theories of dance and related disciplines which underpin the basis of a research project, and is offered in two modes: Individual research and Company research. In the Individual research mode, students will: master one or more theoretical approaches to analysing and creating original work in dance practice or scholarly practice, design and implement a research project, and present the results of the research in performance and/or other media and/or in minor thesis form. In the Link Dance Company research mode of intensive investigations into techniques and performance, students will: expand movement knowledge through diverse choreographic processes, enhance performance skills through exposure to a variety of venues and performance environments, and attain a working knowledge of the logistics of performance and touring. Students gain an appreciation of the art of dance within a broader, interdisciplinary context of the arts and/or sciences, and will be able to articulate the significance of the original work they create.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $6,600 total course cost.
International Students: $31,000 per year full-time


1 year full-time,

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Edith Cowan University (ECU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 80.4% (national average 72.0%)
Improved skills: 82.2% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 85.2% (national average 75.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Edith Cowan University (ECU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Creative Arts undergraduate courses at Edith Cowan University (ECU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 46.2% (national average 52.1%)
Studying full time: 24.2% (national average 25.5%)
Median full time salary: $50,000 (national average $47,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 046625J
Edith Cowan University (ECU) Code: G47

Entry Requirements

Academic Admission requirements (Band 8)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to attend an audition. This is inclusive of an interview component where students will be assessed to determine both their commitment and aptitude. Additionally, applicants must have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher, with equivalents considered.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.