Theatre Studies
Unit 1

 


Overview

Pre-modern theatre styles and conventions

This unit focuses on the application of acting, direction and design in relation to theatre styles from the pre-modern era, that is, works prior to the 1920s. Students creatively and imaginatively work in production roles with scripts from the pre-modern era of theatre, focusing on at least three distinct theatre styles and their conventions. They study innovations in theatre production in the pre-modern era and apply this knowledge to their own works. 

Students develop knowledge and skills about theatre production processes including dramaturgy, planning, development and performance to an audience and apply this to their work. Theatre styles from the pre-modern era of theatre include Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman, Liturgical drama such as morality/miracle/mystery plays, Commedia dell’Arte, Elizabethan, Restoration comedies and dramas, Neo-classical, Naturalism/Realism, Beijing Opera, Noh, Bunraku and Kabuki and other traditional indigenous theatre forms. Students begin to develop skills of performance analysis and apply these to the analysis of a play in performance.

Production roles for Area of Study 2, students must work in at least two production roles. The production roles for Area of Study 2 are: 

  • actor 
  • director 
  • designer – any one or more of costume, make-up, props, set, lighting, sound.

VCE Theatre Studies Unit 1 is available as an acceleration option, subject to Avila College’s acceleration requirements.

VCAA Theatre Studies Study Guide

Unit Prerequisites

N/A

Assessment

  • Exploring pre-modern theatre styles and conventions
  • Interpreting scripts
  • Analysing a play in performance
  • Written Exam

View Performing Arts Careers Bullseye

Theatre Studies
Unit 2

 


Overview

Modern theatre styles and conventions

This unit focuses on the application of acting, direction and design in relation to theatre styles from the modern era, that is, the 1920s to the present. Students creatively and imaginatively work in production roles with scripts from the modern era of theatre, focusing on at least three distinct theatre styles. They study innovations in theatre production in the modern era and apply this knowledge to their own works. 

Students develop knowledge and skills about theatre production processes including dramaturgy, planning, development and performance to an audience and apply this to their work. They study safe and ethical working practices in theatre production and develop skills of performance analysis, which they apply to the analysis of a play in performance. Theatre styles from the modern era of theatre include Epic theatre, Constructivist theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Political theatre, Feminist theatre, Expressionism, Eclectic theatre, Experimental theatre, Musical theatre, Physical theatre, Verbatim theatre, Theatre-in-education, and Immersive/Interactive theatre. 

Production roles For Area of Study 2, students are required to work in at least two production roles. 

Production roles for Area of Study 2 are: 

  • actor
  • director 
  • designer – any one or more of costume, make-up, props, set, lighting, sound.

VCE Theatre Studies Unit 2 is available as an acceleration option, subject to Avila College’s acceleration requirements.

VCAA Theatre Studies Study Guide

Unit Prerequisites

N/A

Assessment

  • Exploring modern theatre styles and conventions
  • Interpreting scripts
  • Analysing and evaluating a theatre production
  • Written Exam

View Performing Arts Careers Bullseye

Drama
Unit 3

 


Overview

Devised ensemble performance

In this unit students explore the work of drama practitioners and draw on contemporary practice as they devise ensemble performance work. Students explore performance styles and associated conventions from a diverse range of contemporary and/or traditional contexts. They work collaboratively to devise, develop and present an ensemble performance. 

Students create work that reflects a specific performance style or one that draws on multiple performance styles and is therefore eclectic in nature. They use play-making techniques to extract dramatic potential from stimulus material, then apply and manipulate conventions, dramatic elements, expressive skills, performance skills and production areas. 

Throughout development of the work they experiment with transformation of character, time and place, and application of symbols. Students devise and shape their work to communicate meaning or to have a specific impact on their audience. In addition, students document and evaluate stages involved in the creation, development and presentation of the ensemble performance

VCE Drama Unit 3 is available as an acceleration option, subject to Avila College’s acceleration requirements.

VCAA Drama Study Guide

Unit Prerequisites

N/A

Assessment

  • Devising and presenting ensemble performance
  • Analysing a devised ensemble performance
  • Analysing and evaluating a professional drama performance

School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 will contribute 30% to the study score.

View Performing Arts Careers Bullseye

Drama
Unit 4

 


Overview

Devised solo performance

In this unit students explore the work of drama practitioners and draw on contemporary practice as they devise ensemble performance work. Students explore performance styles and associated conventions from a diverse range of contemporary and/or traditional contexts. They work collaboratively to devise, develop and present an ensemble performance. 

Students create work that reflects a specific performance style or one that draws on multiple performance styles and is therefore eclectic in nature. They use play-making techniques to extract dramatic potential from stimulus material, then apply and manipulate conventions, dramatic elements, expressive skills, performance skills and production areas. Throughout development of the work they experiment with transformation of character, time and place, and application of symbols. 

Students devise and shape their work to communicate meaning or to have a specific impact on their audience. In addition, students document and evaluate stages involved in the creation, development and presentation of the ensemble performance.

VCAA Drama Study Guide

Unit Prerequisites

VCE Drama Unit 4 is available as an acceleration option, subject to Avila College’s acceleration requirements.

Assessment

  • Demonstrating techniques of solo performance
  • Devising a solo performance
  • Analysing and evaluating a devised solo performance

End of year performance assessment equates to 35% of Study Score. Written Exam equates to 25% of Study Score.

View Performing Arts Careers Bullseye