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Creative Arts - Drama Studies

Authority-registered Subject

Creative Arts - Drama is a subject designed to develop excellence in dramatic skills.  This subject caters for students who are gifted and talented, wish to pursue a career in the Arts and/or demonstrate a considerable level of potential in Drama.

The priority of the course is for students with a strong level of ability and interest in the dramatic field to further develop their expertise.  Polished public performance, of a very high standard is a priority of the course, and a variety of theatrical genres, drama-related skills and performance styles are explored.  Outside specialists and professional Arts practitioners will be accessed for workshops and insight into Drama and the Performing Arts Industry.  There is a focus on experiencing live theatre, students will attend at least two shows per year.

Prerequisites

Students should obtain application forms and audition information online or from the Performing Arts HOD by early August of the year prior to commencement.  Auditions and interviews will be held in August. 

Applicants must have achieved a C or higher for Year 10 Drama.

Companion Subjects

Students who are accepted into this subject must also study the senior subject Drama which provides vital skills and background knowledge and understanding.

Course Content

  • Improvisation
  • Comedy
  • Musical Theatre
  • World Drama
  • Collage Drama
  • Stage Skills
  • Role Development
  • Script Writing
  • Children’s Theatre and Theatre for Young People
  • Directing
  • Acting for Film and Television
  • Auditioning
  • Play Production (The course changes bi-annually.)

Assessment

Students will be assessed under the Creative Arts - Drama criteria of Exploring, Knowing and Expressing.  They will participate in an Annual Course Production, Open Day, Artsfest Gala Evening and/or School Musical.  During the School Musical years, Drama Excellence students will participate in the musical in pivotal roles – acting and or production.  Students will also be given the opportunity to participate in Drama festivals and competitions when these are applicable to the yearly program e.g. the Brisbane Arts Theatre’s One Act Play Competition or the Queensland Theatre Sports Competition.  Each semester, students will participate in lunchtime performances to showcase classwork to teachers, peers and parents.

Expectations and Homework

Drama Studies will be studied in the normal class time allocation for the senior school, comprising three 70 minute lessons each week.  Students require a high degree of commitment to this course and should be prepared to attend a considerable number of rehearsals in their own time.  In the lead-up to public performances, after school rehearsals are scheduled - these rehearsals are compulsory.  Students are required to wear loose black clothing for out-of-school rehearsals.  Homework may include completing an Actor’s Workbook, learning lines or creating a performance.

Levy

A levy of approximately $150 per student per year will be charged.  This will assist in providing specialist tutors for workshops, excursion costs, CDs, course production materials and costumes.  Some excursion costs will need to be met by the students.  Students will not pay the Drama Levy (OP Course) of $50.00 as this levy covers the visiting artist who works with both classes.

It is expected that students give maximum effort to reach a standard of personal excellence.