Stage 2 Drama

Stage 2 subject open to Year 11 students

In this subject students acquire the skills and understanding to generate creative and imaginative solutions to the challenge of staging theatrical works.

About the subject

Students explore all forms of learning, integrating the creative, physical and intellectual, and analyse texts, performances, and their own learning.

Stage 2 Drama is a 20-credit subject. Teachers develop a teaching and learning program based on the following four areas of study:

  • Group Analysis and Creative Interpretation
  • Review and Reflection
  • Interpretative Study
  • Presentation of Dramatic Works


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based assessment Weighting
Group Presentation20%
Interpretative Study20%
External Assessment
Performance or presentation 30%

Supporting evidence for the school-based assessment component from, for example, performances, presentations, oral presentations, staged readings, round table presentations,workshops or discussions, are recorded on DVD to provide evidence for the moderation purposes.

Information on the External Assessment

Students participate in a live group performance, in an on-stage or off-stage role, and develop an understanding of the rehearsal and performance process.

Each student is assessed on either a focused group performance as an on-stage performer or an individual presentation about an off-stage role related to the group performance. On-stage performers should present a focused performance of between 10 and 15 minutes; students who work off-stage should spend a maximum of 15 minutes presenting evidence relevant to their specific off-stage role.

A student’s involvement in a group performance or a related off-stage presentation may be in one or more of the following areas:

  • acting
  • design (set, costume, make-up, lighting, sound, publicity and promotions)
  • dramaturgy
  • front-of-house
  • multimedia/film and video
  • stage management
  • Individual Performance or Presentation

Students choose an area of study that they research and investigate, with the intention of developing a dramatic product.

Students undertake a live dramatic performance or presentation of a maximum of 15 minutes in whatever practitioner role they have chosen, to demonstrate their application of the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their area of study.

The focus of the performance or presentation could take inspiration from a range of influences or stimuli such as poems, novels, songs, pieces of music, rituals, play texts, genres, styles of theatre, or dramatic practitioner(s). Students are encouraged to consider ways of making their performance or presentation dramatic in nature.

Students may select from and explore a variety of media to incorporate in their performance or presentation, such as audio, songs, music, podcasts, film/video, live performance, PowerPoint presentations, photographs, sketches, diagrams, displays, staged readings, collages, DVDs, CD-ROMs, written material, or a combination of these. The performance or presentation must include an integration of knowledge and understanding, and a discussion of the processes the student has undertaken to reach the outcome.

When using different media to support their presentation, students should ensure that their project sits firmly within the scope of the dramatic arts and does not shift into other areas such as dance, music, or art.

A student’s involvement in the individual performance or presentation may be in one or more of the following areas:

  • acting
  • design (set, costume, make-up, lighting, sound, and publicity and promotions)
  • dramaturgy
  • front-of-house
  • multimedia/film and video
  • stage management
  • scriptwriting
  • directing.

Students who choose to take the role of director in their individual performance or presentation do not direct their peers in the group performance or related presentation. Students may work with a group such as a Stage 1 class or other younger year groups to facilitate their role.

Performance Standards

The SACE Drama Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

The Compass App

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