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MBCTA Youth Theatre is a private provider for VCE Drama (14265) offering Units 1-4 for year 10, 11 and 12 students who are not able to study the subject at school either because the school does not offer Drama or because of timetable clashes within the school.

Studying with us is exactly the same as studying at a secondary school as we follow the VCAA laid out VCE Drama Study Design.  In addition, results and reports are sent to the individual student’s home school for ATAR score calculation.

This class in 3 hours on a Thursday night (and some Mondays) and will count as one of your school subjects, meaning you either get a subject worth of spare periods or the opportunity to study an extra subject while at school.

The study of VCE Drama places emphasis on the development of the actors’ expressive skills within the dramatic framework.  It also focuses on the development and performance of imaginary characters.  This is achieved through the fine-tuning of processes, techniques, and skills in the creation and performance of ensemble and solo works.  Students gain an understanding in the use and application of non-naturalistic construction techniques and devices and the analysis of professional performances.

There are no pre-requisites for entry into Units 1, 2 and 3 but students must undertake Unit 3 prior to the undertaking of Unit 4.

Benefits of Studying VCE Drama at MBCTA

VCE Drama classes take place in MBCTA’s own theatre providing an intimate and inspiring environment.  Class sizes are small, with two teachers plus access to tutoring from past VCE Drama students who have achieved high scoring marks.  Small class sizes also help ensure individual students needs are adequately met.  This environment is conducive to the development of talent, skills, knowledge, and creativity, this is evident in the results achieved by previous students of MBCTA Youth Theatre

MBCTA Youth Theatre is a registered VCE Drama private provider, and Merilyn Brend, principal tutor, has extensive knowledge of theatre and it’s history.  In conjunction with her passion for the arts and devotion to students, ensure that anyone studying VCE Drama at MBCTA is provided within a nurturing and educational environment.


Units 1 and 2

  • Taken by Year 10 or 11 students
  • 3 hours theory and prac per week
  • 4 x Terms per year
  • Theatre visits/workshops conducted by Drama Victoria/MTC
  • Textbook

Units 3 and 4

  • Taken by Year 11 or 12 students
  • 3 hours theory and prac per week
  • 4 x Terms per year

Unit Breakdown


Unit 1 – Dramatic Storytelling

Area of Study 1:  Outcome 1 Creating a Devised Performance
Focuses on devising solo and/or ensemble performance/s through the use of stimulus materials.  Exploring character using Naturalism and Non-naturalism, Performance Styles, dramatic elements, theatrical conventions, stagecraft and play-making techniques.

Area of Study 2:  Outcome 2 Presenting a Devised Performance
Focusing on presenting solo and/or ensemble performance/s devised for Outcome 1 by manipulating expressive skills, dramatic elements and incorporating and manipulating stagecraft and creating actor-audience relationships.

Area of Study 3:  Outcome 3 Analysing a Devised Performance
Focus on observation and analysis of own performance work, reflection and articulation of work processes and uses the language of drama.

Area of Study 4:  Outcome 4 Analysing Drama Performances Presented by Other Practitioners
With observation and analysis of a professional performance, using the language of drama to analyse characterisation, dramatic elements, theatrical conventions & stagecraft, performance styles and actor-audience relationships.


Unit 2 – Creating Australian Drama

Area of Study 1:  Outcome 1 Using Australia as inspiration
Create devised solo or ensemble drama that responds to different stimuli, documenting and recording play-making techniques and dramatic processes to develop performance work.  Knowledge of performance style(s), theatrical conventions, stagecraft elements, actor audience relationships and performance skills such as presence and energy

Area of Study 2:  Outcome 2 Presenting a devised performance based on work developed for Outcome 1
Presenting to a live audience.

Area of Study 3:  Outcome 3 Analysing a Devised Performance
Done through observation and analysis of own work, reflection, articulation of work processes and developing use of drama terminology.

Area of Study 4:  Outcome 4 Analysing Australian Drama Performance
Through observation and analysis of a professional performance or other drama practitioners (preferably Australian).


Unit 3 – Creating and Presenting an Ensemble Performance

This unit focuses on non naturalistic drama in a range of contemporary and/or cultural performance traditions.  Non-naturalistic performance styles and associated theatrical conventions are explored in the creation, development and presentation of an ensemble performance.

Collaboration to create, develop and present ensemble performance is central to this performance.  Students use and manipulate dramatic elements, expressive skills and performance styles to enhance performance.  They select stagecraft and theatrical conventions as appropriate to the performance. Students also document and evaluate stages involved in the creation, development and presentation of the ensemble performance.

Unit 3 School Assessed Coursework for the outcomes will contribute 15% to the overall study score for Drama.


Unit 4 – Solo Performance

This unit focuses on the use of stimulus material and resources from a variety of sources to create and develop characters within a solo performance.  Students complete two solo performances.  For the short solo performance, they develop practical skills of researching, creating, presenting, documenting and analysing a solo performance work.  In development of a second solo performance, they devise, rehearse and perform an extended solo performance in response to a prescribed structure published by the VCAA.

The processes involved in the creation and presentations of characters in solo performance are analysed and evaluated.


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