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Drama Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2019 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2020. 

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Stage 1 Drama is a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject that consists of the following three areas of dramatic study: 

  • Company and Performance 
  • Understanding and Responding to Drama 
  • Drama and Technology. 

In Drama, students engage in learning as dramatic artists. The three areas of dramatic study are integrated to provide students with opportunities to learn dramatic conventions and elements, and the dramatic process of conceiving, experimenting, developing, making, presenting, analysing, and evaluating drama.  

Students explore, experiment with, and respond to ideas, processes, and viewpoints from a range of drama, which may include texts, innovators, styles, and professional productions. They interpret drama for its meanings, and develop dramatic language skills to identify and analyse dramatic conventions, styles, contexts, skills, and choices.  

Students learn and apply creative and analytical skills to produce their own dramatic outcomes, individually and in collaboration. They analyse and evaluate professional dramatic works and draw links between these and the development of their own practice. Students develop their understanding of drama, their thinking as artists, and their skills as practitioners in one or more dramatic roles. 

Teachers are encouraged to provide students with opportunities to engage with local theatre and/or screen practitioners, where possible. Programs of study should consider the interests of students, as well as the availability of resources. Students are encouraged to integrate the innovative use of technology in the creation of their outcomes, where possible. 

The three areas of dramatic study for Stage 1 Drama are discussed in more detail below.