VCE DRAMA Unit 1 and 2
How this different to Theatre Studies?
VCE Drama is not based on studying any particular script or performing existing plays. Instead it is all about the individual designing and devising of performance by students. It is a hands-on, experiential exploration of theatre styles and creative thinking in order to make meaning on stage.

What is this subject about?

Drama in Unit 1 is based on understanding a range of Performance Styles across history from Ancient Greek Tragedy through to Brechtian and Eclectic Theatre. Students create and devise a solo or ensemble piece which they present to an audience. In Unit 2 students focus on our Australian Dramatic Identity with a devised piece based on a given Australian historical or contemporary stimulus. They are also required to view a professional performance and analyse it.

No previous experience is necessary to study VCE Drama.

What are we going to be studying?

* Participating in drama classes
* Improving and refining drama technique
* Learning about drama styles, concepts and terminology
* Investigating and using dramatic stagecraft
* Devising our own performances
* Learning and performing through creation from stimulus material
* Analysing a range of dramatic works including our own performances.

Where does this subject go?

This subject will give you a great lead into the following VCE subject/s:
* VCE Drama Unit 3 and Unit 4
*Theatre Studies Unit 3 and Unit 4
* VET Drama
This subject is advantageous if you’re looking at these careers:

* Actor
* Backstage Manager
* Drama teacher
* Director
* Arts administrator
* Designer of Lighting, Costuming, Sets
* Film/Stage/TV director or performer

Any questions?
Please see the current subject teacher: Liz Rush

VCE DRAMA Unit 3 and 4
How this different to Theatre Studies?
VCE Drama is not based on scripts or performing existing plays. Instead it is all about the individual designing and devising of performance by students. It is a hands-on, experiential exploration of theatre styles and creative thinking in to give intentional meaning on stage, drawing on multiple styles and going beyond representation of real life as it is lived.

What is this subject about?

VCE Drama in Unit 3 is based on using multiple Performance Styles to work collaboratively to devise, develop and present an ensemble performance which goes beyond representing real life as it is lived. Students create and devise an ensemble piece with a given stimuli which they present to an audience. They analyse their own piece individually and also watch and analyse a professional drama performance. In Unit 4 students focus on a devised and documented solo piece with VCAA directed stimulus which they present in a 7-minute exam. They are also required to view and analyse a prescribed solo professional performance and analyse it.

No previous experience is necessary to study VCE Drama Unit 3 and 4.

What are we going to be studying?

* Participating in drama classes and workshops
* Improving and refining drama technique
* Choosing stimulus to inspire and devise performance
* Devising ensemble and solo performances
* Using given stimulus material to inspire concepts and creativity
* Investigating and using dramatic stagecraft
* Devising our own performances
* Learning and performing through creation from stimulus material
* Analysing a range of dramatic works including our own performances.

Where does this subject go?

Students can use their drama skills to go into Education, Television, Film, or the Performing Arts areas. The skills gained in Drama are desirable in the workplace and in future studies improving students’ creativity, organisational skills, time-management, collaborative skills and confidence. Students also develop their ability to think critically, solve problems and analyse information.
Students can apply for places in all Universities to study Drama related subjects.
There are also courses specifically desired to foster creative students and entrances is usually through audition and interview processes such as at:
VCA Victorian College of the Arts
NIDA National Institute of Dramatic Art
WADA West Australian Institute of Dramatic Art

This subject is advantageous if you’re looking at these careers:

* Actor
* Producer
* Director
* Writer for film, television, theatre, radio
* Film, stage and television director
* Film/Stage/TV performer
* Film maker
* Lighting designer/operator
* Sound designer/operator
* Set designer /operator
* Costume designer/creator
* Makeup artist
* Backstage Manager
* Arts administrator
* Drama teacher
* Publicist or advertiser
* Events manager
* Stage manager
* Journalist or Arts Reviewer
* Artist (e.g. set painter, sculpture, photographer)
* Education officer with a theatre company, museum, gallery Actor