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Drama Education Major


A dynamic and practically-based major that prepares students for a highly rewarding career teaching drama in secondary schools.

The major combines practice in acting, devising and directing with studies in educational theory and teaching practice. Students receive specialised instruction in performance and teaching from experts who are also theatre practitioners and researchers in their own right. This major is distinctive in its approach to drama/theatre practice and teaching. It emphasises the importance of content/practical knowledge in theatre and offers innovative approaches to directing and acting.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to create positive learning environments in Drama.
  2. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly in both written and oral formats.
  3. Critically reflect using accredited standards, mentor feedback and the ECA Code of Ethics to demonstrate responsibility and accountability and plan for continued collaborative and autonomous professional learning and development.
  4. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of Drama and the Australian curriculum and teaching strategies for Drama teaching in secondary education.
  5. Demonstrate leadership, exercise professional judgement and collaborate to plan, problem solve and make decisions in Drama.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to plan and implement Drama programs for a range of students with diverse abilities and needs, and assess the outcomes.
  7. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge of teaching strategies to plan for the content of Drama teaching.


Students are required to complete 9 Content units and 2 Curriculum units. Content units educate students in the subject area and the Curriculum units explain how to teach the subject area to others.

Content Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DST1100Drama as Discovery15
DST1225Theatre History 115
DST1215Introduction to Directing15
DST2245Writing for Theatre15
DST2225The Director in the 21st Century15
DST2255Theatre as Change15
DST3120Australian Drama15
DST4101Theatre and Young People15
DST4165Contemporary Theatre Practice15
Curriculum Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
DSE2110Teaching Secondary Drama15
DSE2210Teaching Senior School Drama15

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to seek employment in both government and non-government secondary schools teaching Drama.

Possible future job titles

Secondary Drama Teacher

This Major can be studied in the following courses


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