AMPA - Academy of Music and Performing Arts - DANCE PERFORMANCE



The Bachelor of Dance Course (and nested Associate Degree) has a strong focus on and commitment to excellence in the practice of dance. The goal is to develop highly skilled, disciplined, knowledgeable, and versatile dance artists, in an atmosphere which supports and encourages them, as they strive to reach that technical, creative, and scholarly excellence.

See why AMPA's BDance stands above other full-time courses in Sydney.

Course Overview

Bachelor of Dance

Duration:6 Trimesters (2 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP: Available CRICOS:085362D

Associate Degree of Dance 

Duration:4 Trimesters (1.3 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP:Available CRICOS:085363C

Undergraduate Certificate in Dance 

Duration:1 Trimester (0.3 years) full-time or part-time equivalent. Fee-HELP:Available


Course Highlights

The course is designed to develop Dance performers and educators of excellence through:

  • advanced study in genre of choice plus additional supporting techniques;
  • performance opportunities; an extensive curriculum in choreography;
  • complementary studies (Dance History and Appreciation, Body Science, Music for Dancers, Dance Production, Dance and Film);
  • and electives in Teaching, Music, Drama, Music Theatre.


Course Structure




Teaching Faculty

The AMPA Teaching Faculty are highly experienced Dance educators with extensive industry experience and high level qualifications. Excellence of instruction and rigorous Dance training ensure that AMPA graduates are equipped for successful careers in a highly competitive industry. Staff continue to mentor and network with students after graduation in order to support their continued growth and career potential.

View the AMPA Teaching Faculty 


Course Progression

Students can transfer from the Associate Degree into the Bachelor Degree at any of the below transfer points.Students that have started in the Bachelor Degree also have the option of exiting after 4 trimesters with an Associate Degree.


Graduate Pathways

Projected graduate career opportunities include: Performer; Choreographer; Independent Dance Artist; Studio Dance Teacher; and School Teacher (requires further postgraduate study). Given the transferability of dance knowledge and skills, other career opportunities may include dance production and a range of inter-disciplinary possibilities. 
AMPA graduates have been working with national and international companies and artists such as Opera Australia, The Israeli Opera, Bat-Sheva Dance Co., Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Disney, Shaun Parker & Co, Meryl Tankard, Catapult Dance Choreographic Hub, AUSTI Dance & Physical Theatre, and in musicals such as Madiba, 9 to 5, Chorus Line and more. 



Entry Requirements: Completion of HSC or equivalent OR completion of at least one full time year of tertiary study OR as a mature age student. Provisional admission may be granted for students limited educational qualifications.

Entry Basis: Performance Audition + Interview + Written Task

Audition Dates: To view upcoming audition dates go to the How to Apply page and view Dance Auditions.

For further information on admissions procedures, please refer to Section 3.1 of the AMPA Student Handbook.


If you have already completed a VET Diploma or Advanced Diploma at a dance studio, you could be eligible to receive up to 50% credit (including fees) from the Bachelor of Dance course under the AMPA Pathways Program.


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AMPA Dance triannual E-News covers information about AMPA’s dance events, dance opportunities as well as news about AMPA's dance students, alumni and faculty. The E-News provides a glimpse into AMPA’s activities and culture, including student & faculty achievements.