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The Drama course focuses on drama in practice and aesthetic understanding as students integrate their knowledge and skills. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, play-writing and dramaturgy which allows them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others. Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, stage management, front-of-house activities, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use new technologies such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings. The course caters for a wide range of students in a course, that is both practical and fun. Curriculum Council 2011

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Year 8

All students in year 8 undertake Drama for one term as a taster and runs two periods a week.

Typical tasks include: improvisation, play building and script work.

Year 9

Drama is an elective in Year 9 and runs two periods a week for the whole year.

Typical tasks include: Slapstick comedy, improvisation, play building, circus skills and scripted monologues.

Year 10 Drama Course Stage 1A/B

Drama is an elective in Year 10 and runs three periods a week for the whole year.

Stage 1 in Year 10 followed by Stage 2 in Year 11 and Stage 3 in Year 12 is appropriate for students who intend to follow a vocational pathway or plan to continue their studies at TAFE. Stage 2 in Year 11 followed by Stage 3 in Year 12 is appropriate for students using Drama for university entry after Year 12. This option is more challenging than the first pathway.

Stage 1:

  • Focus for Unit 1A: EXPLORING DRAMA/Improvisation
  • Focus for Unit 1B: DRAMA EVENTS/Public Performance

There is also a generalist Drama course that is an elective in Year 10 and runs three periods a week for the whole year. Typical tasks include: Special effects make-up, stage fighting, musical theatre, scripted performance, epic theatre and self-devised monologue.

Year 11

Stage 1 in Year 11 followed by Stage 2 in Year 12 is appropriate for students who intend to follow a vocational pathway or plan to continue their studies at TAFE. Stage 2 in Year 11 followed by Stage 3 in Year 12 is appropriate for students using Drama for university entry after Year 12. This option is more challenging than the first pathway.

Stage 1:

  • Focus for Unit 1A: EXPLORING DRAMA/Improvisation
  • Focus for Unit 1B: DRAMA EVENTS/Public Performance

Year 11

CUE20103 Certificate II Live Production, Theatre & Events

The Certificate II Live Production, Theatre and Events course is designed to reflect the role of individual’s who perform a range of mainly routine tasks and who work under direct supervision. It is a flexible entry-level qualification, which can be customised to meet a broad range of industry needs. This is a basic introduction to the industry and can assist in obtaining a traineeship position within an entertainment workplace.

This Certificate II course is most suited to high school students wishing to undertake a qualification through Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies.

The course is delivered using a combination of processes through workshop-based projects, online training and a structured work environment. All skills are delivered via integration

within the workplace or through simulated tasks throughout the course. Links and associated partnerships with local businesses in the entertainment industry allow further opportunities for structured work experience programmes. These opportunities can also be undertaken within a student’s traineeship agreement.

Students must complete nine units, including one core compulsory unit. The course is delivered through a flexible learning environment and is suited to each individuals learning needs. On average the course for high school students takes 12 months to complete. These include approximately 250 hours of combined study and live practical experience.