Sydney's Only Performance-Driven Dance Degree
The 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.
Why AMPA - Dance
There is nothing quite like the community at AMPA. Our philosophy is centred on providing students with greater access to teaching staff, facilities, industry related opportunities and collaborative work
Performance Oriented Dance Degree
There are a large number of “full-time” dance programmes in Sydney offering Cert IV qualifications (AQF Level 4). The AMPA BDance is the only performance oriented course that provides an undergraduate Bachelor qualification (AQF Level 7). The higher qualification provides AMPA students with a distinct advantage upon graduating, including options to choose broader career paths or move onto postgraduate study.
If you have already completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at a dance studio environment, you could be eligible to receive up to 50% credit (including fees) from the Bachelor of Dance course under the AMPA Pathways Programme.
Take the Lead
More than just learning to follow routines, AMPA BDance students use artistic concepts and critical thinking in order to produce dance compositions, projects and collaborative works in order to gain experience and develop a much wider skill set.
The AMPA BDance also provides an internship programme to gain industry experience along with an alumni dance company.
Fee-Help & Fast Track Options
You don’t have to pay any upfront fees at AMPA. Eligible students can choose to defer all of their course fees to Fee-Help and make repayments through the tax process upon getting a job.
What’s more, AMPA provides students with a fast-track option to complete the BDance in 2 years instead of 3.
- Music Theatre
- Hip Hop
- Completion of NSW Yr 12 HSC or Equivalent
- Performance Audition Interview/Assessment
The course is designed to develop Dance performers and educators of excellence through:
- advanced study in the 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 Pedagogy, Music, Drama, Music Theatre;
The AMPA Teaching Faculty have highly experienced Dance educators with extensive industry experience and high-level qualifications. The 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.
Projected graduate career opportunities include Performer; Choreographer; Independent Dance Artist; Studio Dance Teacher; and School Dance 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 and media possibilities. All dance students have the opportunity to perform and choreograph as part of their core studies.
How to Apply
Take the lead and join one of Australia’s leading providers of music and performing arts education. There are 3 intake periods for you to start your journey with AMPA:
- Intake 1 (January/February)
- Intake 2 (May)
- Intake 3 (September)
Please see below for further details on what to expect when applying for AMPA.
Step 1: Application
Complete the Online Application Form
Step 2: Audition Booking
Once your application form is submitted an Admissions team member will contact you to book your audition and interview. The audition will be run by an experienced staff member who will be able to recommend the most appropriate path to achieve your goals.
Step 3: Enrol
After you complete your audition, the panel will evaluate your performance and assess your aptitude and potential to succeed at AMPA.
If your audition is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer in the post. This letter will include instructions on how to log-in to the AMPA Online portal where you can respond to your offer.
By accepting an offer to study at AMPA, your place at AMPA is secure. We’ll get in touch with you shortly after we receive your acceptance to arrange your enrolment and orientation at AMPA.
Piano, keyboard, amps, drum kit, and sound system for backing tracks are provided for all auditions. Guitarists should bring their own leads, and drummers their own sticks and brushes. Applicants must provide their own backing track and accompanist if required.
At the audition, applicants will have the opportunity to tour the campus if they have not already visited AMPA for an Open Day or other events. Please ask at reception on the day if you’d like a tour.
International & Interstate Applicants
Interstate and international applicants will be invited to submit their audition via video, or by alternative arrangement, as discussed with the Student Services Officer once their application has been received.
International applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds must provide evidence that they have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 (for associate degrees) through to 6.5 (for postgraduate degrees). Equivalent results from alternative English proficiency tests (eg. TOEFL) are also accepted.