Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores and critically analyses the principles and practices of teaching and learning in senior Drama in New South Wales schools. Students will explore planning, programming and assessment for Stage 6 Drama; course and assessment requirements for the NSW Higher School Certificate for Drama; and current issues and trends affecting contemporary Drama education in schools. Informed by local and national curriculum documents and current Stage 6 Drama Prescriptions, this course will address core skills and understandings in Drama such as the element of drama, improvisation, playbuilding, acting and elements of production in performance as well as theatre traditions and practice within Australia and broader contexts.



    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Develop and evaluate lesson plans, programs, and assessment tasks for Stage 6 Drama, based on the principles of experiential drama learning

    2. Select and design suitable resources and technologies to deepen the Drama learning experience and engagement of students in the learning process

    3. Interpret, analyse and discuss the course and assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate in Drama

    4. Interpret, analyse and discuss key performance styles and theatrical traditions and their creative processes through practical modes of learning and the application of suitable methodologies

    5. Interpret, analyse and discuss current debates, theories and curriculum issues in the broader field of Drama education.


    • Principles and practices of teaching and learning Stage 6 Drama in NSW schools.
    • Teaching the Stage 6 core content areas such as improvisation, playbuilding and acting, elements of production in performance.
    • Lesson planning and programming for Stage 6 Drama.
    • Course assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate for Stage 6 Drama.
    • Strategies, technologies and resources for teaching and assessing Stage 6 Drama.
    • Collaborative, critical and performative learning processes in Stage 6 Drama.
    • Production and design elements in theatre
    • Key theatrical traditions such as contemporary, Australian and world theatre, and performance styles
    • Catering for diverse learners in the Drama classroom.

    Assumed knowledge


    Assessment items

    Project: Playbuilding task: Evaluation and planning

    Proposal / Plan: Unit of work

    Contact hours


    Integrated Learning Session

    Online 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term


    Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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