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Drama Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2019 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2021. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Subject description

Subject description

Drama is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2. 

In Drama, students develop their creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills. They refine their literacy, numeracy, ethical understanding, and intercultural understanding, and develop self-belief and confidence.  

In Drama, students engage in learning as practising dramatic artists. They learn to think and act as artists, and to develop as cultural leaders and creative entrepreneurs. They develop their leadership of public discussion by communicating a range of meaningful viewpoints, by refining their aesthetic understanding, and by learning the skills and processes required to present these in innovative and engaging ways.  

In Drama, students develop their capacities as critical and creative thinkers, meaningful storytellers, and lifelong learners. They learn highly valuable and transferable life skills, including problem-identifying and problem-solving, collaboration skills, project-work skills, informed risk-taking, creativity and innovation skills, and applied entrepreneurial skills — including maximising viability and sustainability. Through focused practical and theoretical study, and by visualising and making real drama products, students collaborate to create valuable and viable outcomes for audiences, and analyse and evaluate artistic processes and products. 

Drama is the art of enriching our understanding of human relationships, from the personal to the global. It engages others through the creation of original connections between presenters, audiences, ideas, and narratives. In Drama, students adopt individual roles from a variety of options within the dramatic fields of theatre and/or screen. They refine their understanding and internalisation of these roles to create innovative dramatic outcomes that reflect the world as it is, and imagine the world as it might be. Drama asks us to question — as individuals, as societies, and as a species — not what we do and how we do it, but also why we choose to think and do things the way we do. In asking these questions and creating dramatic ways of considering these ideas, Drama students develop their unique gifts as creative, informed, wise, productive, and interpersonally skilled artists, leaders, and collaborators.