Drama

Stage 6 drama students explore all aspects of theatre performance and styles through making, performance and critically studying. HSC students are required to undertake a written examination, participate in a group performance and complete an individual project. Students can select one of the options listed below for their individual project.

  • Critical analysis (one of the following)
    • director’s folio
    • portfolio of theatre criticism
    • applied research project.
  • Design (one of the following)
    • lighting
    • promotion and program
    • set
    • costume.
  • Performance.
  • Scriptwriting.
  • Video drama.

Teaching and learning resources

Stage 6 student interviews

The videos below explore a series of approaches and insights into the group performance processes and the various individual project options for the HSC drama course. These interviews are one component derived from our online professional learning module titled 'Stage 6 Drama - Inside the projects' (RG14249).

Rationale guides

The HSC IP rationale guide (DOCX 72KB) provides teachers with a scaffold and sample paragraphs for suggested individual project rationale development. By using the scaffold, teachers can support HSC drama students in structuring and expressing a clear and succinct dramatic intention for the submitted project or individual performance.

The rationale guide (DOCX 73KB) provides teachers with a student-centred scaffold to support Stage 5 and Year 11 drama students in developing an individual directorial intention. By using the guiding questions, students can begin to justify their creative decisions and make connections to intended dramatic meaning.

Sample scope and sequences

The sample Stage 6 scope and sequence documents provide teachers with overviews for programming and assessment in the HSC and Preliminary drama courses.

Stage 6 assessment schedules and tasks

The samples below have been provided to assist in planning and assessing for HSC drama.

Elements of drama

Elements of drama posters and brief animated video are available to print, play and display in your classroom via the links below.

An animation about the elements of drama.

The Logbook checklist (DOCX 44.2KB) provides teachers with a straightforward guide for suggested logbook inclusions. By following this list, teachers can monitor their student's process through the individual project/group performance through a rich investigative procedure.

Our Town assessment task

The following sample assessment task is for a study of Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town.

Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) presents school productions, teacher training and workshops for secondary and primary students as well as drama, English and entertainment teachers.

The English National Theatre provides resource packs of current and past productions as well as a virtual tour of the venue.

The NSW Arts unit offers professional learning workshops and opportunities for teachers of the arts, including drama.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Drama page contains the syllabus and helpful materials including a sample assessment schedule, HSC advice, specimen exams, HSC marking guidelines, standards materials, past papers additional support information.

Learning from home resources

Student guided online learning sequences to support learning from home or in the classroom

Black comedy study module 

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 6: Black Comedy of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Boal study module

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Brecht study module

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 8: Significant plays of the 20th Century of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Jacques Lecoq study module 

A student-centred study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Vsevolod Meyerhold study module

A student-centered study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

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