Stage 6 drama students explore all aspects of theatre performance and styles through making, performance and critically studying. HSC students are required to undertake a written examination, participate in a group performance and complete an individual project. Students can select one of the options listed below for their individual project.

  • Critical analysis (one of the following)
    • director’s folio
    • portfolio of theatre criticism
    • applied research project.
  • Design (one of the following)
    • lighting
    • promotion and program
    • set
    • costume.
  • Performance.
  • Scriptwriting.
  • Video drama.
For further information follow the link to the NSW Stage 6 drama syllabus.

Sample scope and sequences

The sample Stage 6 scope and sequence documents provide teachers with overviews for programming and assessment in the HSC and Preliminary drama courses.

Stage 6 resources

Student interviews

The videos below explore a series of approaches and insights into the group performance processes and the various individual project options for the HSC drama course. These interviews are one component derived from our online professional learning module titled 'Stage 6 Drama - Inside the projects' (RG14249).

Sample tasks and schedules

The samples below have been provided to assist in planning and assessing for HSC drama.

Logbook checklist

The Logbook checklist (DOCX 44.2KB) provides teachers with a straightforward guide for suggested logbook inclusions. By following this list, teachers can monitor their student's process through the individual project/group performance through a rich investigative procedure.

Our Town assessment task

The following sample assessment task is for a study of Thornton Wilder's play, Our Town.

Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) presents school productions, teacher training and workshops for secondary and primary students as well as drama, English and entertainment teachers.

The English National Theatre provides resource packs of current and past productions as well as a virtual tour of the venue.

The NSW Arts unit offers professional learning workshops and opportunities for teachers of the arts, including drama.

Rationale guides

The HSC IP rationale guide (DOCX 72KB) provides teachers with a scaffold and sample paragraphs for suggested individual project rationale development. By using the scaffold, teachers can support HSC drama students in structuring and expressing a clear and succinct dramatic intention for the submitted project or individual performance.

The rationale guide (DOCX 73KB) provides teachers with a student-centred scaffold to support Stage 5 and Year 11 drama students in developing an individual directorial intention. By using the guiding questions, students can begin to justify their creative decisions and make connections to intended dramatic meaning.

HSC resources

Assessment in the HSC (Drama)

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The Assessment in the HSC resource is designed to provide Stage 6 teachers with opportunities to develop their understanding of the assessment requirements for the practical and performance works in the HSC drama course. It has been written to support and compliment the NESA Creative Arts Assessment and Reporting in Stage 6 drama advice and requirements.

HSC drama teachers can use this resource to:

  • familiarise themselves with the requirements of each practical and performance component
  • develop their understanding of the language of the NESA assessment criteria for each of the practical and performance works
  • develop confidence in applying assessment criteria through identification and analysis of work sample characteristics
  • assist Year 12 students in making informed choices when selecting course options
  • build student confidence and knowledge of success in each practical and performance work.

Introducing the HSC IP

An interactive online module to support students selecting and developing their HSC drama individual project (IP). This resource is flexibly designed for individual or whole class use.

Teachers can set activities or work through the series of individual project option activities. As students progress through the module, teachers can interact with students and provide feedback in various forms. There are two quizzes and an individual project questionnaire for students to complete in this module.

Teachers can collect student responses by duplicating the links below and providing these to students separately.

Learning from home resources

Student guided online learning sequences to support learning from home or in the classroom

Black comedy study module 

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 6: Black Comedy of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Boal study module

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Brecht study module

A student-centred online study module exploring content for Topic 8: Significant plays of the 20th Century of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Jacques Lecoq study module 

A student-centred study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Vsevolod Meyerhold study module

A student-centered study module exploring content for Topic 4: Approaches to Acting of the Stage 6 HSC drama course.

Preliminary resources

Group devising – using research as stimulus

This learning sequence includes suggested activities and resource links for teaching improvisation, acting and playbuilding in the preliminary drama course. Students will use research and active improvisation to generate and refine an original piece of group devised theatre. This resource also includes a summative assessment task and marking rubrics.

Text and intention

This 9 week unit of work includes suggested learning activities, assessment and resource links for teaching theatrical traditions and performance styles in Year 11. Students will explore and research the approaches of various theatre practitioners, and work collaboratively to interpret and perform script extracts from 'Love and Information' by Caryl Churchill.

Other resources

Elements of drama

Elements of drama poster and brief animated video are available to print, play and display in your classroom via the links below.

An animation about the elements of drama.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Drama page contains the syllabus and helpful materials including a sample assessment schedule, HSC advice, specimen exams, HSC marking guidelines, standards materials, past papers additional support information.

If you need further assistance with accessibility for any of these resources, please get in touch with us at SecondaryEducationUnit@det.nsw.edu.au

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