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Certificate III in Dance

Our Certificate III in Performing Arts is a program designed primarily for high school students seeking to further their education and experience in the performing arts.

In addition to earning points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education it provides, for the more serious student, a window into full time performing arts tuition, before taking that step. The Course is delivered over a school year in line with secondary state school term dates and, with their School’s permission, students attend for one full day per week, usually on a Wednesday, from approximately 8.30am – 3.30pm.

The course explores a range of skill sets required for the dance and music theatre industry

These include;

  • Classical Ballet
  • Jazz Dance
  • Acting
  • Singing, and
  • Contemporary Dance

Professional development training such as;

  • Career planning
  • dance composition
  • hair and presentation skills
  • computer literacy, and
  • working with a diverse range of colleagues and contexts.

Entry Requirements

Participants should have attained an educational standard of Year 8, and/or equivalence to meet the language and literacy requirements of the course Participation in entrance auditions. Upon successful audition further information will be sent with a Letter of Offer letter.

Course Structure

To achieve their qualification students must successfully complete all Units and have a minimum attendance record of eighty percent (80%).

On successful completion, students gain up to 8 credit points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

In the event of a failed assessment the course structure allows for a resit, however, should students fail a resit they are required to undertake that unit a second time. A per unit fee will apply.

Application for RPL can be made, however, they can only be granted when all criteria is met for an entire Unit.

Course Duration

  • 12 months in line with the School year.
  • Students attend on a Wednesday only, from approximately 8.30am – 3.15pm

Course Content

The Units below have been selected by ADPI as a consequence of its consultations with graduates, prospective candidates, school teachers and teachers in performing arts, and represents the essential skills needed for emerging performers and which provide a platform for future development. Students need to complete all Units marked 1-12 below plus one of the two highlighted units (13 or 14), to be decided by ADPI.


  • 1 CUACHR301 Develop basic dance composition skills
  • 2 CUADAN202 Incorporate artistic expression into basic dance
  • 3 CUADAN301 Integrate rhythm in dance or movement technique
  • 4 CUAIND301 Work effectively in the creative arts industry
  • 5 CUAPRF307 Develop performance techniques
  • 6 CUAWHS301 Condition the body for dance performance


  • 7 CUADAN303 Develop dance partnering technique
  • 8 CUADAN305 Increase depth of jazz dance technique
  • 9 CUADAN306 Increase depth of ballet dance technique
  • 10 CUADAN308 Increase depth of contemporary dance technique
  • 11 CUAPRF306 Develop musical theatre techniques


  • 12 BSBDIV301A Work effectively with diversity
  • 13 CUADAN311 Increase depth of tap dance technique
  • 14 CUACIR301 Perform basic on-ground acrobatic techniques


There are performance opportunities each year which students may be asked to perform in. These include, but are not limited to, ‘In House’ showings, Showcase, and Graduation.


Learners undertaking this program will gain development in essential dance and performance skills and professional development of, and recognition in, the units within this qualification.

The course will provide a qualification outcome at the Certificate III level according to AQF Standards and participants registered to complete the Queensland Certificate of Education will be eligible to claim credits towards their Certificate (up to 8 points).


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 31-33 Collingwood Street Albion Brisbane QLD 4010 AUSTRALIA