Year 11 Subjects – Drama

Level: Stage 1
Subject Name: Drama
Prerequisites: none
Assumed knowledge: Year 10 Drama curriculum

Course Summary

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 self-confidence.

Students learn as artists and as creative entrepreneurs through their exploration of shared human experience, which is at the heart of the study of Drama. Students learn to engage meaningfully with others through the creation of original relationships between presenter, audience, idea, and story. They learn that shared narratives underpin our understanding of everything we think and do in the world around us, and that our cultural narratives are created collaboratively. Drama is active and participatory, involving the process of imagining, developing, and creating original narratives, viewpoints, and artistic products.

In Drama, students adopt roles from the dramatic fields of theatre and/or screen. They apply the dramatic process to create outcomes and take informed artistic risks to present the unique voices of individuals, communities, and cultures. Through focused, practical, and collaborative learning opportunities, students refine their skills and increase their confidence as communicators by creating live, multimodal, oral, and written products.

Drama students learn the transferable skills of creative collaboration and critical thinking to visualise, develop, and present culturally valuable outcomes. Through the dramatic process they develop their understanding of aesthetics, and improve their skills as creative problem-identifiers and problem-solvers, critical thinkers, innovators, productive artists, practical entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders. They grow as cultural leaders by providing original and/or alternative artistic perspectives, viewpoints, and stories.

Course content

Semester 1:

  • Drama for Social Change
  • Genre Focus: Epic Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed.
  • Dramatic Technology Exploration: VR, Projection and Lighting
  • Performance Technique
  • Designer Roles
  • Responding and Reflecting on Artistry

Semester 2:

  • Drama and the Imagination
  • Genre Focus - Surrealism, Expressionism and Musical Theatre.
  • Dramatic Technology Focus: Interactive Technology, Soundscape
  • Performance Technique
  • Designer Roles
  • Responding and Reflecting on Artistry


  • Creative Synthesis: 30%
  • Multi-modal Performance evaluation: 40 %
  • Responding to Drama: 30%