People tell stories, explore ideas, make sense of their worlds and communicate meaning through drama. Drama develops personal and social identity. VCE Drama connects students to the traditions of drama practice and, through the processes of devising and performing drama, allows them to explore, understand and respond to the contexts, narratives and stories that shape their worlds. The study requires students to be creative and critical thinkers. Through work as solo and ensemble performers and engagement with the work of professional drama practitioners, students develop an appreciation of drama as an art form and develop skills of criticism and aesthetic understanding.
VCE Drama equips students with knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate as individuals and collaboratively in social and work-related contexts. The study of drama can provide pathways to training and tertiary study in acting, communication and drama criticism.
Unit 1: Dramatic storytelling
This unit focuses on creating, presenting and analysing a devised performance that includes real or imagined characters and is based on stimulus material that reflects personal, cultural and/or community experiences and stories. This unit also involves analysis of a student’s own performance work and of a performance by professional drama practitioners.
Unit 2: Non-naturalistic Australian drama
In this area of study students explore the use of a range of stimulus material to create a performance based on a person, an event, an issue, a place, an artwork, text and/or an icon from a contemporary or historical Australian context.
Unit 3: Devised non-naturalistic ensemble performance
Students explore non-naturalistic performance styles and associated conventions from a diverse range of contemporary and cultural performance traditions and work collaboratively to devise, develop and present an ensemble performance.
Unit 4: Non-naturalistic solo performance
Students explore non-naturalistic performance styles and associated conventions from a diverse range of contemporary and cultural performance traditions. They develop skill in extracting dramatic potential from stimulus material and use dramatic elements, conventions, performance styles and performance and expressive skills to develop and present a short solo performance. These skills are further developed as students create a devised solo performance in response to a prescribed structure.
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