Curriculum Overview

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

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

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

Throughout the course you 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 your self –identity as Indigenous creative art makers and future leaders.


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

Our Developing Artists (DAs) are expected to perform at a higher level in both the theoretical and physical units.

DAs integrate and refine their skills in all the physical and theoretical components of Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Urban Jazz and Contemporary Indigenous dance. Developing Artists develop deeper skills in complementary Body and Mind care practices to support their performance, and keep them strong and flexible.

This course is intended to provide Developing Artists with a range of applied knowledge and theoretical knowledge, skills and cultural Knowings across a range of dance genres form contemporary to cultural dance, while the primary intention of this course is to prepare young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Developing Artists, with some prior dance experience, to develop technical and performance skills in a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Western dance genres which will prepare them to engage with cultural and mainstream dance industries.

Developing Artists will also develop key critical, creative, technological and self-reflective skills which will enable then to engage fully in the broader national and multi-disciplinary creative arts industries. The certificate IV level Developing Artists will begin exploring their career options an begin planning their career 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.

These educational experiences underpin the development of the Developing Artist’s self-identity as Indigenous creative art makers and future cultural leaders. They also develop professional and cultural community networks.

Additionally, Developing Artists will be exposed to Western Style dance styles taught by industry experts alongside skills such as critical thinking, Dancefilm, and health and wellbeing.


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

Diploma of Professional Dance Performance is a culmination of three rigorous years of dance and cultural training. Our Developing Artists (DAs) are expected to perform at the highest level, demonstrating refined skills and mastery in their physical and theoretical studies.

Diploma Developing Artists are expected to be industry-ready in the demonstration of their 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 on-going professional practice. Diplomas engage in the College-based and on Country cultural residencies, demonstrating confidence in all aspects of cultural dance, song, cultural knowledge and protocols.

Diploma Developing Artists will work with internationally respected choreographers and artists in residence to create performances for the End of Year Show, they will also create Dancefilm and compose music.