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Full-Time Programme

Full-Time Programme

The Australian Ballet School offers a well established and internationally recognised Full-Time Programme of vocational dance training. Full-Time students enjoy the benefit of working in a focused and professional environment where the specialised staff guide and assist them in a holistic and dedicated manner.

Full-Time Training encompasses Level 4 to Level 8 of the Training Programme.

Students usually complete the Full-Time Programme by the time they are 20 years of age and during this time, students work towards the achievement of their Victorian Certificate of Education, the Diploma of Dance, the Advanced Diploma of Dance and the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet.

Level 4

  • Overview

    Level 4 is currently the first year of full-time training. It is offered alongside academic year 8 or 9 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Students in Level 4 are expected to achieve well in their academic studies as well as consolidate and expand their technical and artistic dance skills.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry into The Australian Ballet School Training Programme is by audition only. 

  • Fees

  • ABS Curriculum

    - Classical Ballet

    - Pointe Studies (female students)

    - Foundation for Gymnasium Training (male)

    - Contemporary Dance

    - Character Dance

    - Performance Studies

    - Body Conditioning

    - Injury Prevention

    - Anatomy

    - Performance Psychology

    - Nutrition

    - Introduction to Dance History

    - Introduction to Music

    - VCASS Academic Programme

Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113, CRICOS 089445B)

Levels 5 & 6

  • Overview

    Levels 5 & 6 comprise the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113). This is a national qualification studied in conjunction with year 10 and year 11 academic studies, including allied subjects such as Music, Performance Psychology, Nutrition and Cultural Studies.

    The course generally occupies two years' full-time study.

  • Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113)

    The Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113) is designed to provide participants with the technical skills, artistry, theoretical knowledge and appropriate attitudes that will lead towards the establishment of a career in the entertainment industry as a dancer or performer in a range of fields, including ballet, musical theatre, contemporary dance, television, advertising, acting, physical theatre or circus arts.

    Graduates of the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113) would also have a good basis for undertaking further training as dance teachers. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally.

    Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the course is continually responsive to the needs of the industry.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry into The Australian Ballet School Training Programme is by audition only. All applicants for the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113) are expected to have completed a minimum education standard of Year 9 secondary schooling or equivalent. Students are selected on the basis of their suitability for vocational classical ballet training. 


    Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range.  Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration. Generally, successful applicants will be between 15 and 17 years of age.

  • Units of Competency

    The following units are available through http://training.gov.au 

    Core units of competency

    CUADAN501 Refine ballet technique
    CUADAN502 Refine ballet performance skills 
    CUADAN505 Refine contemporary dance technique
    CUADAN507 Refine dance partnering technique
    CUAPRF501 Refine performance techniques
    CUAPRF503 Prepare for performances in a competitive environment
    CUAWHS403 Incorporate anatomy and nutrition principles into skill development 
    CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance 
    CUAPRP502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

    Elective units (all units must be completed)

    CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces 
    CUADAN503 Perform repertoire for corps de ballet 
    CUADAN504 Perform ballet solo variations
    CUADAN506 Refine cultural dance technique
    CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
    CUADLT402 Explore the relationship between music and dance 
    CUACHR403 Develop choreography skills

    Electives - Gender Specific

    CUADAN509 Refine pointe work techniques (F) 
    CUAWHS402 Participate in gym and weight training for performances (M)

  • Fees

    Please view our 2020 Fee Schedule

    Please view our 2021 Fee Schedule

  • VET Student Loans

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  • ABS Curriculum (Level 5)

    - Classical Ballet

    - Pointe Studies (female students)

    - Gymnasium Training (male students)

    - Pas De Deux

    - Repertoire

    - Contemporary Dance

    - Character Dance

    - Body Conditioning

    - Anatomy

    - Cultural Studies

    - Music

    - Theatrical Make-up

    - Performance Psychology

    - Nutrition

    - Dance Perspectives

    - Drama

    - VCASS Academic Programme

  • ABS Curriculum (Level 6)

    - Classical Ballet

    - Pointe Studies (female students)

    - Pas de Deux

    - Variations

    - Repertoire

    - Contemporary Dance

    - Character Dance

    - Mime

    - Gymnasium Training (male students)

    - Limber/Body Conditioning

    - Cultural Studies

    - Theatrical Make-up

    - Performance Psychology & VCE Psychology

    - Nutrition

    - Anatomy

    - VCE Music

    - VCE Drama

    - VCE Dance

    - VCE English

    - Jazz (extra curricular class)

Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113, CRICOS 089444C)

Level 7

  • Overview

    Students in Level 7 enrol in the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113), a national qualification combining comprehensive dance training with a strong onsite academic programme. The course focuses on technical training and artistic development, preparing students for the dance profession. Students also complete their secondary schooling, gaining the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

  • Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113)

    The Australian Ballet School Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) was originally accredited in 1994 and is based on the training programme developed by the School since its inception in 1964. The Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) is designed to provide participants with the technical skills, artistry, theoretical knowledge and appropriate attitudes that will lead towards the establishment of a career as a classical ballet dancer. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the course is continually responsive to the needs of the industry.

  • Entry Requirements


    Entry into The Australian Ballet School is by audition only. Entry to the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) is generally through completion of the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113), plus demonstration of the facility for dance (including coordination, musicality, artistry and appropriate temperament) that is required for professional performance in the field of classical ballet. However, the successful awarding of the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA50113) does not guarantee rite of passage into the Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) and generally successful applicants will have demonstrated these characteristics and a level of dance ability that is considered appropriate by the Director for entry into Level 7 of The Australian Ballet School’s eight-level training programme.


    Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range.  Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration. Generally, successful applicants will be between 17 and 19 years of age.

  • Units of Competency


    The following units are available through http://training.gov.au


    Core units of competency


    CUADAN601 Perform dance repertoire at a professional level
    CUADAN603 Extend ballet technique to a professional level
    CUADAN604 Extend ballet performance skills to a professional level
    CUADAN607 Extend contemporary dance technique to a professional level
    CUADAN608 Extend contemporary dance performance skills to a professional level
    CUAWHS602 Develop techniques for maintaining resilience in a competitive environment
    CUAPRP502 Develop own sustainable professional practice


    Elective units (all units must be completed)


    CUADAN602 Perform advanced classical ballet technique
    CUADAN605 Perform pas de deux at a professional level
    CUADAN610 Extend allied contemporary dance techniques at a professional level
    CUADAN508 Develop expertise in allied contemporary dance technique
    CUACHR501 Create and perform complex dance pieces
    CUADAN609 Extend cultural dance performance skills to a professional level
    CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry
    CUAMUP501 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
    CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance
    CUAPRF503 Prepare for performances in a competitive environment


    Electives - Gender Specific


    CUADAN606 Extend pointe work techniques to a professional level (F)
    CUAWHS601 Apply advanced gym and weight training to ballet (M)

  • Fees

    Please view our 2021 Fee Schedule

  • VET Student Loans

    Visit VET Student Loans for more information

  • ABS Curriculum

    - Classical Ballet

    - Pointe Studies (female students)

    - Pas de Deux

    - Variations

    - Repertoire

    - Contemporary Dance

    - Spanish Dance

    - Mime

    - Gymnasium Training (male students)

    - Limber/Body Conditioning

    - Cultural Studies

    - Theatrical Make-up

    - Performance Psychology & VCE Psychology

    - Nutrition

    - VCE Music

    - VCE Drama

    - VCE Dance

    - VCE English

    - Jazz (extra curricular class)

Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT, CRICOS 094275F)

Level 8

  • Overview

    Level 8 students enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT). This qualification  prepares students for the dance profession at a virtuoso level by refining their dance technique and developing their professional skills through career development activities and performances, including a secondment with The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour.

    The course generally occupies one year full-time study.

  • Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT)

    The Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT) is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge, skills, generic and specific competencies to perform the following job role - virtuoso classical ballet dancer; an individual who possesses outstanding technical and artistic ability in the art of classical ballet. As the national training institution for the dance profession, The Australian Ballet School has a close liaison with the industry through the major performing companies around Australia and internationally. Graduates continue to be employed by these companies and the development of this course is responsive to needs expressed by the industry.


    Dance training to vocational level requires intensive physical training. Delivery must be in full-time mode only. Therefore, part-time or distance delivery modes are not appropriate. Delivery must ensure access to opportunities for live performance. A range of support mechanisms is available through The Australian Ballet School to maximise the opportunities for participants to complete their course successfully.


    The employment rate for graduates demonstrates the high quality and relevance of the vocational training offered by the School. 75% of the dancers employed by The Australian Ballet are graduates of the School.

    Graduates have gained employment in some 75 major ballet and dance companies throughout the world, some sight unseen, through the reputation of the training offered by The Australian Ballet School.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry into this course is by selective audition and/or assessment. All applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet (10296NAT) are expected to have completed a minimum education standard of Year 11 secondary schooling or equivalent. Generally, students from non-English speaking backgrounds who are selected into The Australian Ballet School are required to have a basic comprehension of the English language. Overseas students from Assessment Level 4 countries will be required to provide evidence of an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score of at least 5.5 prior to enrolment and then, if necessary, be tutored in conversational English on arrival in Australia.


    Students are selected on the basis of their suitability for virtuoso classical ballet training; an individual who possesses outstanding technical and artistic ability in the art of classical ballet. This includes possessing the physical characteristics of a professional classical ballet dancer and an exceptional physical aptitude for dance (including coordination, musicality, artistry and appropriate temperament), that is required for intensive dance training and virtuoso performance in the field of classical ballet. The successful awarding of The Australian Ballet School’s Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) (CUA60113) does not guarantee rite of passage into the Graduate Diploma and generally successful applicants will have demonstrated these characteristics and a level of dance ability that is considered appropriate by the Director for entry into Level 8 of The Australian Ballet School’s Training Programme.


    Due to the nature of the dance industry and the employment opportunities available, as well as the intense physical nature of dance training, vocational training must be undertaken during a certain age range. Consequently an applicant’s age will be taken into consideration.


    The pathway through this course is via full-time study.

  • Units of Competency

    Core units of competency


    CSBVBT801 Demonstrate virtuoso classical ballet technique
    CSBVBT802 Demonstrate and perform virtuoso solo variations
    CSBVBT803 Perform virtuoso pas de deux
    CSBVBT804 Perform virtuoso repertoire
    CSBVBT805 Demonstrate virtuoso contemporary dance technique
    CSBPSY801 Apply psychological techniques to virtuoso performance
    CSBNTR801 Apply nutrition principles to the requirements of a professional dancer
    CUAIND601 Work professionally in the creative arts industry (available through training.gov)
    CUAWHS501 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance (available through training.gov)

    Gender Specific


    CSBVBT806 Female: Demonstrate virtuoso pointe work techniques

    CSBVBT807 Male: Apply extended gym/weight techniques to virtuoso ballet training

  • Fees

    Please view our 2021 Fee Schedule

  • VET Student Loans

    Visit VET Student Loans for more information.

  • ABS Curriculum

    - Classical Ballet

    - Pointe Studies (female students)

    - Pas de Deux

    - Variations

    - Contemporary Dance

    - Production Studies

    - Performance Psychology

    - Career Management

    - Gymnasium Training (male students)

    - Body Conditioning

    - Jazz (extra curricular class)

  • Post Graduate Year

    TBA.

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