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The VET Entertainment course at St Edward’s College allows students to gain a Statement of Attainment towards a Certificate III in Live Production and Services.


Entertainment is presented in many types of venues, from clubs and pubs, to outdoor locations, to performing arts centres. The organisations may be commercial, they may receive government subsidies, they may be metropolitan or regional or they may be community-based.


Just as there is a diversity of venues, so too there are numerous types of events. Occupations in the entertainment industry are many and varied. They include jobs in sound, lighting, audiovisual, projection, stage management, costume, staging, rigging, props, and set manufacture. The industry also covers occupations in all aspects of venue and event management and administration.


Course: Drama

Course No: 15090

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Projects developed for assessment in

one subject are not to be used either in full or in part

for assessment in any other subject.

Preliminary Course
Content comprises an interaction between the components of Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting, Elements of Production in Performance and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles. Learning comes from practical experiences in each of these areas.
HSC Course
Australian Drama and Theatre and Studies in Drama and Theatre involve the theoretical study through practical exploration of themes, issues, styles and movements of traditions of theatre, exploring relevant acting techniques, performance styles and spaces.



The Group Performance (3-6 students) involves creating a piece of original theatre (8–12 minutes duration). It provides opportunity for each student to demonstrate his or her performance skills.



For the Individual Project, students demonstrate their expertise in a particular area. They choose one project from Critical Analysis or Design or Performance or Script-writing or Video Drama.

Main Topics Covered


Preliminary Course

  • Improvisation, Playbuilding, Acting
  • Elements of Production in Performance
  • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles


HSC Course

  • Australian Drama and Theatre (Core content)
  • Studies in Drama and Theatre
  • Group Performance (Core content)
  • Individual Project
Particular Course Requirements

The Preliminary course informs learning in the HSC course. In the study of theoretical components, students engage in practical workshop activities and performances to assist their understanding, analysis and synthesis of material covered in areas of study. In preparing for the group performance, the published Course Prescriptions include a topic list which is used as a starting point. The Individual Project is negotiated between the student and the teacher at the beginning of the HSC course. Students choosing Individual Project Design or Critical Analysis must base their work on one of the texts listed in the published text list. This list changes every three years. Students must ensure that they do not choose a text or topic they are studying in Drama in the written component or in any other HSC course when choosing Individual Projects.