Offering Info

Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

  • National Course Code: CUA50113
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50113-01V02-20NEW-243

Location – Newcastle

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

06 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



30 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • VET Student Loans Available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of dancers working or aspiring to work in professional dance companies. At this level individuals are expected to apply theory and creative skills in a range of situations and to display initiative and judgement in planning activities. They have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and can be responsible for planning, coordinating and evaluating the work of others within broad but generally well-defined parameters.

Licensing/regulatory information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

An audition or other form of evidence where the candidate demonstrates competence in at least one dance style at Certificate IV level.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you have the following qualifications or industry experience:

  • CUA40113 Certificate IV in Dance, or

  • CUA30113 Certificate III in Dance, or

  • CUA30213 Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events, or

  • a minimum of 3+ years of dance training and experience, without a vocational qualification

    To successfully complete this course, you will need to commit to:

  • attending classes during the day, 2 days a week, 8 hours a day

  • completing a minimum of 10 hours of assessment work per week

  • participating in a minimum of 8 hours of industry engagement per week, which may include preparing or rehearsing for shows, going to dance concerts/shows, attending private dance classes or participating in a range of independent creative dance projects

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Thursday, 7, 14, 21 or 28 November 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Date: Thursday, 5 or 12 December 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Date: Friday, 8, 15, 22 or 29 November 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Date: Friday, 6 or 13 December 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Date: Thursday, 16 or 23 January 2020
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8
Date: Friday, 17 or 24 January 2020
Time: 10.30am to 12:30pm
Location: Newcastle Campus, Building D, Level 1, Room 8


This is a full time day course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 30 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 11 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including preparing or rehearsing for shows, going to dance concerts/shows, attending private dance classes or participating in a range of independent creative dance projects.


This course offering is designed for people who want to work in the creative industries and:

  • have studied dance and want to learn how to apply their dance skills to jobs in the dance industry and other fields, such as film, TV, corporate events or health and community services
  • have a desire to choreograph
  • want to perform live, using technology to enhance their performances
  • want to use your dance/movement skills to help others incorporate movement into their daily lives, e.g. young children, the elderly or people suffering with anxiety
  • want to transfer their skills into a range of employment areas
  • have completed a Certificate IV Dance
  • have completed a Certificate III Community Dance, Theatre and Events
  • have completed HSC Dance
  • are transitioning from University (e.g. Creative Production) to vocational training
  • are existing practitioners with a minimum of 3+ years experience in Dance and Choreography, without a relevant lower level qualification

    If you are unsure of your level of knowledge and experience, other study options are available to support your Creative studies.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available at the Information Sessions. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

    We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

    As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

    • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Thursday and Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

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Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.

To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:

  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.

If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Code Name Start Date End Date Census Date Amount
20NEW00687 UOS 1 - CUA50113 06 Feb 2020 10 Apr 2020 02 Mar 2020 $2,375.00
20NEW00688 UOS 2 - CUA50113 14 Apr 2020 19 Jun 2020 04 May 2020 $2,375.00
20NEW00689 UOS 3 - CUA50113 22 Jun 2020 21 Aug 2020 06 Jul 2020 $2,375.00
20NEW00690 UOS 4 - CUA50113 24 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 07 Sep 2020 $2,375.00

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAWHS403 Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development
CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
CUAPRF503 Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
CUADAN502 Refine ballet performance skills
CUADAN501 Refine ballet technique
CUADAN505 Refine contemporary dance technique
CUADAN507 Refine dance partnering techniques
CUAPRF501 Refine performance techniques
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAACT401 Use a range of acting techniques in performance
CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces
CUACHR403 Develop choreography skills
CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance techniques
CUAPRF410 Develop on-camera performance skills
CUADLT402 Explore the relationship between music and dance
CUADAN506 Refine cultural dance technique
CUARES501 Refine conceptual understanding of dance

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

266 Maitland Road, Tighes Hill
Phone 131 601

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