Drama | NSW Education Standards


Board Developed Course

Course number(s):

  • 11090 Drama (2 units – Preliminary)
  • 15090 Drama (2 units – HSC)

Prerequisites: Nil

Eligibility: Nil

Study via self-tuition: No


  • 16650 Creative Arts Life Skills (2 units – Preliminary) (where Drama is undertaken within the course)
  • 16650 Creative Arts Life Skills (2 units – HSC) (where Drama is undertaken within the course)
  • 16654 Drama Life Skills (2 units – Preliminary)
  • 16654 Drama Life Skills (2 units – HSC)

Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part for assessment in any other subject.

Course description

Students in Drama study the practices of Making, Performing and Critically Studying. While the course builds on the Stages 4 and 5 Drama course, it also caters for students with less experience in Drama.

What students learn

Preliminary course

Students engage with these components through collaborative and individual experiences.

Preliminary course content comprises an interaction between the components of Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting, Elements of Production in Performance, and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles. Learning comes from practical experiences in each of these areas.

HSC course

Australian Drama and Theatre, and Studies in Drama and Theatre involve the theoretical study through practical exploration of themes, issues, styles and movements of traditions of theatre, exploring relevant acting techniques, performance styles and spaces. Learning comes from practical experiences in each of these areas.

Group Performance
Three to six students create a piece of original theatre (8–12 minutes duration). It

provides opportunity for each student to demonstrate his or her performance skills.

Individual Project
Students demonstrate their expertise in a particular area. They choose one project from:

  • Critical Analysis
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Script-writing
  • Video Drama.


  • Australian Drama and Theatre (Core)
  • Studies in Drama and Theatre
  • Group Performance (Core content)
  • Individual Project

Course requirements

The Preliminary course informs learning in the HSC course. In the study of theoretical components, students engage in practical workshop activities and performances to assist their understanding, analysis and synthesis of material covered in areas of study.

In preparing for the group performance, the published Course Prescriptions include a topic list which is used as a starting point.

The Individual Project is negotiated between the student and the teacher at the beginning of the HSC course. Students choosing Individual Project Design or Critical Analysis must base their work on one of the texts listed in the published text list. This list changes every three years.

Students must ensure that they do not choose a text or topic they are studying in Drama in the written component or in any other HSC course when choosing Individual Projects.

Students selecting Drama are required to keep a logbook of the development of each of the components Group Performance and Individual Project.

RoSA and HSC

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