Drama (Units 1 & 2) ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
English – B grade/ Exam 60%
Course Description:

DRAMA ATAR (Year 11) is a challenging and rewarding course, ideal for students who would like to use a Drama subject for their university entry score (ATAR) in Year 12. In Unit 1, representational and realistic drama forms and styles are covered. Techniques of characterisation, particularly those of Stanislavski are examined. The emphasis is on scripted work and script writing. In Unit 2, presentational or non-realist drama is studied. Texts that challenged conventions, dramatic structure and styles of performance are covered.

In both semesters the role of the actor, as well as a range of non-acting roles such as directors, designers and dramaturges are also explored.

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 allow 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.

Course Assessment:
The Drama ATAR (Year 11) course is delivered in two semesterised units: Unit 1 – Representational Drama and Unit 2 – Presentational Drama. For each unit, the assessment types and weightings are structured as follows:

Performance and Production - 40%
Response - 40%
Written Exam - 10%
Practical Exam - 10%
Note - A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course. Students will continue the DRAMA ATAR course in Year 12, leading to an external written and practical exam.
Further Study:
Year 12 Drama (Units 3 & 4) ATAR
Additional Information:

The DRAMA ATAR course develops skills and abilities that other subjects rarely address. Drama offers an enjoyable grounding in the eight key employability skills which are valued in the workplace including:

  • Communication
  • Team work as well as an ability to work independently
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning
  • Technology skills
Many personal attributes are developed particularly well in the Drama environment such as: commitment, enthusiasm, positive self esteem, sense of humour, ability to deal with pressure, motivation and adaptability.

The study of Drama supports the learning of Year 11 Literature students and is an ideal companion subject.