ACD101 - Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A

Unit details

Note: You are seeing the 2023 view of this unit information. These details may no longer be current. [Go to the current version]

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Olivia Millard


Incompatible with:

AAP111, ACD201, ACD401

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1.5-hour studio and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


This unit aims to introduce students to the aesthetic and physical challenges of techniques and choreography in contemporary dance art. The subject combines classes in contemporary dance technique with classes in dance composition. Technique classes, while physically and technically challenging are designed to cater to a broad range of dance backgrounds with the aim of giving students an embodied understanding of key physical principles of contemporary dance. A composition seminar will present and discuss a range of works from the modern, post-modern and contemporary dance repertoire. Students will also begin to engage with the philosophical and social issues underpinning contemporary dance practices through specific readings and discussion.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Recognise, understand, articulate and embody the principles, approaches and aesthetics of contemporary dance as an international phenomenon, and in both physical and written contexts.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge

GLO 8: Global citizenship


Practice contemporary dance with a high level of technical skill (including release of body weight, kinaesthetic awareness, correct alignment, shaping and articulation of the joints, torso and limbs, dynamic range, rhythmic phrasing and spatial awareness), by taking responsibility for personal development and with an ethical regard for the social context of the classes.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge

GLO 2: Communication

GLO 6: Self-management

GLO 8: Global citizenship


Evaluate and interpret influences from significant examples of live and recorded performances of contemporary dance, through defining, attending, engaging with, and citing these performances.

GLO 1: Discipline-specific knowledge

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - On-going assessment in technique classes according to stated criteria



Information not yet available

Assessment 2 – Written assignment

1200 words
or equivalent


Information not yet available

Assessment 3 - Portfolio

1600 words
or equivalent


Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: