Course Code: CUA51520
CRICOS Code: 106317J

At this level students are expected to apply theory and creative skills in different situations. They will be required to display initiative and judgement in planning dance related activities. They now have autonomy in performing complex technical operations and are supported as they work towards being responsible for the planning, coordination and evaluation of the work of others – within parameters.   

Our highly skilled trainers provide excellent training in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Cultural Dance, pointe work, choreographic skills and maintaining fitness through gym and conditioning classes.

Students are encouraged to continue their Advanced Vocational Training through the Royal Academy of Dance Examinations from Advanced Foundation through to Solo Seal. 

COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES: Selected students may also have the opportunity to compete in Australian and International Competition, such as: The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, Kathleen Gorham Memorial Award, Ballet Teachers Workshop, Alannah Haines Australiasian Awards, City of Sydney Eisteddfod just to name a few.

PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES: There are 3 production opportunities per year in our very own heritage theatre and produced by our Artistic Director. 

All Diploma students work with our professional stage crew understanding the roles and options used to create production and scenes and the extensive OHS requirements for stage productions. 

Students have the chance to express and explore their own creativity in our Choreographic Workshop with their fellow dancers.


Total number of units = 17

7 core units plus

10 elective units from the list


CUADAN517 Refine dance partnering techniques
CUADAN531 Refine dance techniques
CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
CUAPRF511 Refine performance techniques
CUAPRF513 Prepare for and perform in competitive environments
CUAWHS413 Incorporate anatomy principles into skill development
CUAWHS511 Maintain a high level of fitness for performance


CUADAN511 Refine ballet techniques
CUADAN512 Refine ballet performance skills
CUADAN513 Perform repertoire for corps de ballet
CUADAN514 Perform ballet solo variations
CUADAN515 Refine contemporary dance techniques
CUADAN516 Refine cultural dance techniques
CUADAN519 Refine pointe work techniques
CUADAN432 Improvise advanced dance sequences
CUAMUP511 Apply theatrical make-up and hairstyles
CUAPRF412 Develop conceptual and expressive skills as a performer
CUAWHS411 Apply movement and behavioural principles to conditioning
CUAWHS412 Participate in gym and resistance training for performances


DURATION: 12  months full time (approx 30-35hrs a week)

FEES: $13,303.50 per year + $200 Enrolment Fee

FUNDING SUPPORT: VET Student Loan Scheme, Austudy, ABStudy, Youth Allowance (conditions apply). Scholarships may be available for eligible candidates.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Age 16 or over, or the completion of Year 10 or International equivalent. Acceptance is by audition only. Students without formal qualifications will need to provide The National Theatre Ballet School with evidence of an LLN test in order to access VET Student Loan funding and prove they are capable of meeting the literacy requirements of a Diploma level qualification.

Applicants must be at an Advanced Level from a Recognised Classical Ballet Syllabus.



1-  30 Jan – 6 April
2- 24 April – 24 June
3- 10 July – 16 Sept
4- 2 Oct – 9 Dec