Year 12
Year 12
Bright Classroom

VCE Drama Unit 3 & 4

The study of Drama focuses on the creation and performance of characters, narratives and stories. Students draw on a range of content and use role and expressive skills to create, embody and present dramatic works. They analyse the development of their performances and explore the actor–audience relationship. Students develop an understanding of dramatic elements, stagecraft and theatrical conventions appropriate to performance styles from a range of cultural contexts. They view and analyse performances by professional and other drama practitioners.

The study provides students with opportunities to explore the ways in which drama represents social, political, and historical contexts, narratives and stories. Students develop an understanding of the language of drama including terminology and expressions appropriate to the context of the drama that students create, perform and analyse. Students develop an appreciation of drama as an art form through participation, criticism and aesthetic understanding.

The study of drama provides students with pathways to further studies in fields such as acting, direction, playwriting, production design, production management and studies in drama criticism.

Unit 3: Ensemble performance

This unit focuses on non-naturalistic drama from a diverse range of contemporary and/or cultural performance traditions. Non-naturalistic performance styles and associated theatrical conventions are explored in the creation, development and presentation of an ensemble performance. Collaboration to create, develop and present ensemble performance is central to this performance. Students use and manipulate dramatic elements, expressive skills and performance styles to enhance performance. They select stagecraft and theatrical conventions as appropriate to the performance. Students also document and evaluate stages involved in the creation, development and presentation of the ensemble performance.
A professional performance that incorporates non-naturalistic performance style/s and production elements selected from the prescribed VCE Unit 3 Drama Playlist published annually in the VCAA Bulletin will also be analysed.

Descriptions of terms such as naturalism, non-naturalism, stimulus material, dramatic elements, stagecraft, theatrical conventions, expressive skills and performance styles are provided in the Glossary.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to develop and present character/s within a non-naturalistic ensemble performance.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse play-making techniques used to construct and present ensemble works including the work created for Outcome 1.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and evaluate a non-naturalistic performance selected from the prescribed playlist.

Unit 4: Solo performance

This unit focuses on the use of stimulus material and resources from a variety of sources to create and develop character/s within a solo performance. Students complete two solo performances. For a short solo performance they develop practical skills of researching, creating, presenting, documenting and analysing a solo performance work. In the development of a second solo performance, they devise, rehearse and perform an extended solo performance in response to a prescribed structure published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. The processes involved in the creation and presentation of character/s in solo performance are analysed and evaluated.

Prescribed structure for solo performance

Students will select one solo performance from the Drama Solo Performance Examination list published annually in the VCAA Bulletin.

Descriptions of terms such as naturalism, non-naturalism, stimulus material, dramatic elements, stagecraft, theatrical conventions, expressive skills and performance styles are provided in the Glossary.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to create and present a short solo performance based on stimulus material, and evaluate the processes used.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to create, develop and perform a character or characters within a solo performance in response to a prescribed structure.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe, analyse and evaluate the creation, development and presentation of a solo performance.

Assessment

Satisfactory Completion

Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.

Units 3 and 4

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will supervise the assessment of all students undertaking Units 3 and 4. In Drama the student’s level of achievement will be determined by school-assessed coursework, an end-of-year performance examination and an end-of-year written examination. Percentage contributions to the study score in Drama are as follows:

  • Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 30 per cent
  • Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 10 per cent
  • End-of-year performance examination: 35 per cent
  • End-of-year written examination: 25 per cent