Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

12 VCE Theatre Studies (12ATS1)

The Course

Unit 3 & 4 The focus of Units 3 & 4 is on producing theatre works. Students choose two stagecraft each semester to present the chosen theatre works. Stagecraft includes acting, direction, sound, set-pieces, costume and properties. Students do not need to act at all but could complete the entire year with design. Students will be studying published plays – not writing their own. Documentation of the production process is a major part of assessment, which makes this a folio subject.

Unit 3 sees students working as part of a production team in order to produce a theatre work. Together they interpret a playscript for performance to an audience.

Unit 4 involves students presenting two stagecraft interpretations for a monologue (chosen from a list produced by VCAA each year). This interpretation is performed/presented at an external performance examination. Both Units involve analysing a professional production from the VCAA playlist.


The maturity level of topics studied will be appropriate for students aged 16 and above.

Unit 3 Topics

Unit 4 Topics

Learning and Assessment Activities

These units lead to

University study of theatre, drama and acting, leading to employment in the performing arts, education, literature, or event management industries (among many others).

Special considerations

Before undertaking VCE Theatre Studies, you should have satisfactorily completed Year 10 Drama and demonstrated sufficient competency in all skill areas. You must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

If you like acting or design, and you like theatre that makes sense from a narrative perspective, choose this subject. If you like thematic performances that sometimes don't make sense, choose Drama.

There will be out of school rehearsals in Unit 3. It takes time to produce good work.

Costs involved

Annual cost $75 for playscript

Excursion to see a professional performance each semester (approx. $40)

Materials required

For further information see...

Miss Brooker

Study design link