Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General Subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is Drama? 

Drama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works. 

Students experience, reflect on, understand, communicate, collaborate and appreciate different perspectives of themselves, others and the world in which they live. They learn about the dramatic languages and how these contribute to the creation, interpretation and critique of dramatic action and meaning for a range of purposes. They study a range of forms, styles and their conventions in a variety of inherited traditions, current practice and emerging trends, including those from different cultures and contexts.

Students learn how to engage with dramatic works as both artists and audience through the use of critical literacies. The study of drama develops students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in the making of and responding to dramatic works to help them realise their creative and expressive potential as individuals. Students learn to pose and solve problems, and work independently and collaboratively.

What makes a student suited to Drama?

Students who achieve success in Drama are those who enjoy:
  • Engaging with drama and opportunities to experience, understand and communicate 
  • different perspectives on the world. 
  • Range of forms and styles of the dramatic art form • Imagine and explore beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across many situations and contexts. 
  • Imagination, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, cultural engagement and 
  • communication, and opportunities to share ideas with others through informal and formal performances. 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

  • Year 9 - minimum of C Standard in Year 9 Core English
  • Year 10 - minimum of C Standard in Year 10 Drama and C Standard in Year 10 Core English

What is the cost of this subject?

Year 11 and 12 - all senior drama students must attend live performances and participate in artist workshops. Attendance at these is essential to complete assessment. Approx. $50 a year

  • What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?
  • Theatre Blacks (drama department uniform) for presenting 
  • Year 11 - compulsory BYOD
  • A4 Exercise book

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Comedy: The past and present
In this unit, students will build on learning experiences such as the foundation skills of acting and improvisation by studying a dimension of World Theatre such as Ancient Greek Tragedy and Comedy, Commedia Dell'Arte as well as modern comedy such as Clowning. Students will analyse a range of drama from contemporary and past times to explore differing viewpoints and enrich their drama making. They will also evaluate how the elements of drama, forms and performance styles in devised and scripted drama convey meaning and aesthetic effect. Students will perform devised and scripted drama   making  deliberate artistic choices and shaping design elements to unify dramatic meaning for an audience.
Summative internal assessment 1:
Project: Practice led project
Summative internal assessment 2:
Project: Dramatic Concept
  Semester 2Contemporary Realism
In this unit, student's will students will build on learning experiences such as the physicality of the previous unit and engage in the style of realism and exploring Stanislavsky's technique. Students will improvise with the elements of drama and narrative structure to develop ideas, and explore subtext to shape devised and scripted drama. Students will use voice and movement to communicate ideas and dramatic action. They will manipulate combinations of the elements of drama to develop and convey the physical and psychological aspects of roles and  characters consistent with intentions in dramatic forms and the performance style of realism. Students will perform devised and scripted drama, making deliberate artistic choices and shaping design elements to unify dramatic meaning for an audience.
Summative internal assessment 3:
Exam: Extended Response
Summative internal assessment 4:
Year 11Unit 1Share
How does drama promote shared understandings of the human experience?
• cultural inheritances of storytelling
• oral history and emerging practices
• a range of linear and non-linear forms
Formative internal assessment 1:
Project: Dramatic Concept
Formative internal assessment 2:
Unit 2Reflect
How is drama shaped to reflect lived experience?
• Realism, including Magical Realism, Australian Gothic
• associated conventions of styles and texts
Formative internal assessment 3:
Project: Practice led project
Formative internal assessment 4:
Extended Response
Year 12Unit 3Challenge
How can we use drama to challenge our understanding of humanity?
• Theatre of Social Comment, including Theatre of the Absurd and Epic Theatre
• associated conventions of styles and texts
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 20%
• Performance
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 20%
• Project — dramatic concept
Unit 4Transform
How can you transform dramatic practice?
• Contemporary performance
• associated conventions of styles and texts
• inherited texts as stimulus
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 35%
• Project — practice-led project
Summative external assessment (EA): 25%
• Examination — extended response

Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019