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Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

John Curtin College of the Arts  RTO 50549


GAT selected from lower school ballet program.

New students are able to enter the course upon an audition with the Director of Dance. This must take place prior to the completion of Year 9.

NB: students are not able to also select CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance –Contemporary.

Qualification Description

This is a nationally recognised qualification that reflects the role of a person working in a varied context in the live performance industry, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge.

Learners throughout the three years may work towards internationally recognized examinations, perform as a member of Project Company, the College’s simulated professional ballet company. The course will cover ballet technique, repertoire, pointe studies, performance studies (ballet and contemporary), composition, improvisation, conditioning for dance and safe dance practices, history of dance, contextual knowledge, industry practice and protocols, self–evaluation, skills for audition processes and participation in specialist industry workshops.

The CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance-Ballet timetable operates within and outside the normal timetabled school hours including Saturdays; this provides students with the requisite 15-20 hours per week to potentially pursue dance as a vocation. Students are provided with a range of performance opportunities across the duration of the certificate course.


The qualification involves learners completing thirteen units of competency over the three years. These units comprise of core and elective units. The learner must be deemed competent in all thirteen competencies to achieve the qualification.

Assessment tasks may include but not limited to practical rehearsals and performances, work books, journals, self- reflections, peer assessment and theoretical knowledge questions.

The qualification certificate will be issued by John Curtin College of the Arts at the completion of Year 12.

Possible Pathways

CUA40320 Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management

CUA40120 Certificate IV in Dance

CUA51520 Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance)

CUA60120 Advanced Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance)

CUA50320 Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management

CUA30320 Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching