Curriculum Overview

10277 NAT Certificate III in Dance Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

This course is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Developing Artists who have minimal or no prior dance or cultural training.

The course is intended to provide skills, applied knowledge, theoretic knowledge and cultural knowings across a range of dance genres from contemporary to cultural dance, with the primary intention of preparing Developing Artists to engage in further arts education in a culturally respectful and appropriate environment.

Throughout the course Developing Artists will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, developing cultural connections, learning dance, song and artefact making skills specific to each community. These skills vary from community to community, especially in regard to the cultural differences between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

These educational experiences underpin the development of self-identity as Indigenous creative art makers and future leaders.

Units of Study

To achieve this qualification Developing Artists must complete 15 core units.

Code Unit of Competency Hours
DPRDCK301 Explore My Mob through investigation and performance  50
DPRDCK302 Investigate issues that underpin the development of Contemporary Indigenous Dance 60
DPRDCK303 Develop knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance 50
DPRDCK304 Develop and apply knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance on Country 50
DPRDCK305 Develop Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural dance repertoire 60
DPRDTC301 Develop contemporary dance skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 140
DPRDTC302 Develop contemporary urban dance skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 140
CUADAN206 Perform basic ballet technique 25
BSBCRT301 Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills 40
DPRIAP301 Develop performance and production skills 50
CUAWHS401 Apply movement and behavioural principles to physical conditioning 40
 CUAWHS403 Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skills development 60
DPRCSD301 Develop and apply physical theatre skills 60
DPRCSD302 Develop and apply musicianship skills to dance performance 60
DPRCSD303 Explore and apply Dancefilm skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 40
                                                                                        Total 925

10628 NAT Certificate IV in in Dance Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Developing Artists are expected to perform at a higher level to Certificate III in both theoretical and physical units.

Developing Artists will integrate and refine skills in all physical and theoretical components of Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Urban Jazz and Contemporary Indigenous dance. Developing Artists will also develop deeper skills in complementary body and mind care practices to support performance and maintain strength and flexibility.

This course provides applied knowledge and theoretical knowledge, skills and cultural Knowings across a range of dance genres from contemporary to cultural dance. It also prepares Developing Artists with prior dance experience, to develop technical and performance skills in a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Western dance genres in preparation for engagement with cultural and mainstream dance industries.

Developing Artists will develop key critical, creative, technological and self-reflective skills to engage in broader national and multi-disciplinary creative arts industries. Certificate IV Developing Artists begin exploring career options and career-planning in the creative arts industry.

Throughout the course Developing Artists will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, developing cultural connections, learning dance, song and artefact making skills specific to each community. These skills vary from community to community, especially in regards to the cultural differences between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Educational experiences underpin the development of self-identity as Indigenous creative art makers and future cultural leaders. They also develop professional and cultural community networks.

Developing Artists will be exposed to western dance styles taught by industry experts alongside skills such as Music, Dancefilm, and body and mind care.

Units of Study

To achieve this qualification Developing Artists must complete 14 core units.

Code Unit of Competency Hours
DPRDCK401 Investigate and apply Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance 60
DPRDCK402 Engage in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance on Country 60
DPRDCK403 Analyse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance styles to enhance cultural dance repertoire 60
PDPDCK504 Research My Mob with Dadirri and critical thinking 70
DPRDTC401 Investigate and apply techniques for contemporary dance and Contemporary Indigenous Dance 150
DPRDTC402 Investigate and apply street dance and urban jazz in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 150
CUADAN306 Increase depth of ballet dance technique 70
DPRIAP401 Engage in performance and production 60
CUAWHS301 Condition the body for dance performance 60
DPRCSD401 Increase depth of physical theatre skills 75
DPRCSD402 Increase depth of musicianship skills 60
DPRCSD403 Direct production of Dancefilm 60
CUAMCP303 Develop simple musical pieces using electronic media 35
CUAIND304 Plan a career in the creative arts industry 35
                                                                                       Total 1005

10629 NAT Diploma of Professional Dance Performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Diploma of Professional Dance Performance is the culmination of three rigorous years of dance and cultural training. Developing Artists perform at the highest level, demonstrating refined skills and mastery in their physical and theoretical studies.

Developing Artists are expected to be industry-ready in the demonstration of Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Urban Jazz and Contemporary Indigenous dance skills. Developing Artists use their final year to refine and master their body and mind care practices to support performance and ongoing professional practice. Developing Artists engage in the college-based and remote cultural residencies, demonstrating confidence in all aspects of cultural dance, song, cultural knowledge and protocols.

Developing Artists will work with internationally respected choreographers and artists-in-residence to create performances for the End of Year Show, as well as produce Dancefilm and music compositions.

Units of Study

To achieve this qualification Developing Artists must complete 16 units:

  • 15 core units
  • One elective unit
Code Unit of Competency Hours
PDPDCK501 Supervise and lead Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance 60
PDPDCK502 Lead a group in performance of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures and dance on Country 60
PDPDCK503 Recognise and respond to cultural protocols in cultural dance repertoire 60
PDPDTC501 Refine Contemporary Indigenous Dance repertoire 75
PDPDTC502 Refine contemporary dance in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 150
PDPDTC503 Refine contemporary urban dance in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 150
CUADAN408 Develop expertise in ballet technique 80
PDPIAP501 Analyse and explore the choreographic process in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 50
PDPIAP502 Demonstrate professional engagement in performance and production 100
CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance 80
PDPCSD501 Refine physical theatre skills 60
PDPCSD502 Produce and direct Dancefilm 80
CUAMCP501 Compose music using electronic media 60
CUAPRF304 Develop audition techniques 25
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge 50
Electives
PDPDCK504 Research My Mob with Dadirri and critical thinking 70
CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces 60
Total 1260 – 1270

10841NAT Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance Performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Advanced Diploma is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practising Artists who have either progressed through NAISDA; have gained skills and qualifications through external providers; or have the required cultural competencies and skills.  The course is also relevant for mid-career artists who wish to upskill to further advance their careers in the creative arts industry.

The Advanced Diploma has been designed to meet individual needs of each Practising Artist. The course’s flexibility of core and elective units ensures that, through collaborative consultation with Course Coordinators, it can be tailored to the individual. The course will enrich skills in chosen areas across three streams.

  • Community Dance Practice
  • Cultural Dance Practice
  • Professional Dance Practice

This course is unique in its approach providing tangible career pathways and work outcomes specific to individual artistic, cultural, and community needs.

Practising Artists will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, developing cultural connections, learning dance, song and artefact-making specific to each community, as well as contemporary, urban contemporary and ballet dance skills, physical conditioning, multimedia and musical composition.

Educational experiences underpin the Practising Artists’ self-identity as Indigenous creative art makers and future cultural leaders.  Such experiences also develop professional and cultural community networks.  Practising Artists will be exposed to Western style dance styles taught by industry experts, masters and extend critical thinking, Dancefilm, health, wellbeing, and physical conditioning.  The course includes experiential cultural learning units, which underpin the course’s cultural orientation to learning.

In addition to the contact hours, successful completion of this course will require learners to engage in unsupervised activities. The time required to undertake these activities will vary based on experience and elective units chosen.

Units of Study

To achieve this qualification Practising Artists must complete 16-24 units of competency across eight core units and eight elective units from the list below.

There are no pre-requisite units within this course.

CORE UNITS
Unit code Unit title Nominal hours
NAT10841001 Planning engagement to embody Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural life in a community 200
NAT10841002 Embody Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultural life in a chosen community 200
NAT10841003 Restoration through own Storying 250
CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance 80
CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry 70
CUAWHS602 Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment 50
NAT10841004 Form relationships with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mentors 150
NAT10841005 Enrich and embody Storys 100
Total nominal hours (core units) 1100
Elective units (Choose 8)
Cultural Arts Practice (CUP)
PPDPDCK504 Research My Mob with Dadirri and critical thinking 70
Community Arts Practice (CAP)
NAT10841006 Enrich contemporary dance skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 110
NAT10841007 Enrich urban dance skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 210
NAT10841008 Enrich ballet technique in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 110
NAT10841009 Enrich contemporary Indigenous dance for community practice 110
NAT10841010 Enrich choreographic skills for devised works in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 110
Dance Teaching Skill Set (CUASS00015)
CUADTM401 Plan and organise dance classes 40
CUADTM403 Apply safe dance teaching methods 60
HLTAID003 Provide first aid 18
SISCDAN301A Teach recreational dance 15
Business Operations Skill Set (CUASS00021)
BSBPRC402 Negotiate contracts 50
BSBREL402 Build client relationships and business networks 50
BSBRSK501 Manage risk 50
BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development 60
BSBWRT401 Write complex documents 50
CUAFIM501 Source funding for projects 70
FNSORG501 Develop and manage a budget 50
Professional Dance Practice (DPR)
NAT10841011 Master contemporary Indigenous dance for professional practice 185
NAT10841012 Master professional contemporary dance in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 185
NAT10841013 Master professional urban dance in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 150
NAT10841014 Master professional ballet technique in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 185
NAT10841015 Master professional solo dance composition in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 100
NAT10841016 Master professional physical theatre skills in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander context 100
Multimedia (MMS)
NAT10841017 Create Dancefilm for professional practice 195
NAT10841018 Use advanced music composition skills for dance 195
Total nominal hours

(minimum / maximum of elective units)

1218 – 1295
Total nominal hours

(Total core units + minimum/ maximum of elective units)

2318 – 2395