There are no specific pre-requisites for Drama General. It is recommended that students have studied at least one Drama unit in lower school and achieved a good result. Students should be willing to participate in public performance as required.
The Drama General course is a highly practical course, focusing on drama in practice 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.
The Drama General (Year 11) course is delivered in two semesterised units: Unit 1 – Dramatic Storytelling and Unit 2 – Dramatic Performance. For each of the units, the assessment structure is as follows:
Performance and production - 70%
Including: improvising and devising original drama, interpreting scripted drama texts, designing lighting, sound and costumes. Demonstrating drama skills and techniques in a range of performance contexts.
Response - 30%
Including: Responding to own and to others drama works in oral and/or written forms.
Drama (Units 3 & 4) General
The Drama General 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:
- Team work as well as an ability to work independently
- Problem solving
- Initiative and enterprise
- Planning and organising
- 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.
Students will need to attend a minimum of two professional theatre performances outside of school hours as part of this course. Tickets typically range from $18 to $70.