Studying Drama is about so much more than performance. Through the deep exploration of role and context you are given the key to understanding individuals, cultures, attitudes and opinions vastly different to your own, and a prism through which to interrogate and challenge society’s (and your own) values, motivations and judgements.
A Drama specialisation at ACU will develop your confidence, your empathy, and your ability to understand how your mental and physical postures affect the world’s understanding of you. It will give you the skills to respond in new and spontaneous ways to unexpected situations, while remaining grounded, focused and present. Whatever career you might like to pursue, a background in Drama will give you the communication, interpersonal, organisational and collaborative skills with which to thrive.
At ACU, we are committed to developing your performance skills and knowledge of theatre history in an engaging and supportive learning environment. The major sequence in Drama provides you with a solid foundation in production work through a comprehensive overview of theatrical literature.
You can choose from a range of exciting units, including: Production; Ancient Greek Theatre; Shakespeare; Australian Drama; and Modern and Postmodern theatre. Studying Drama will also provide you with opportunities to participate in full live performance events such as the Medieval Fayre and subject-specific theatrical productions (both on stage and backstage). Our campuses offer many different kinds of performance spaces to support many different styles of production.
You do not need any previous theatre experience and there are no prerequisites for studying introductory Drama at ACU.
As an ACU Drama graduate what valued skills will you possess?
Upon completion of your specialisation, you will be able to:
- Communicate effectively and confidently in both your interpersonal relationships and in public forums
- Improvise creative and imaginative responses to novel situations
- Think critically and work as part of a team to develop and realise a vision
- Contribute creatively and organisationally to the production of public performances
- Apply your performance skills directly through acting, presenting, facilitating workshops, leading group instruction, etc.
Where to from ACU?
- The study of Drama allows graduates to thrive in sectors such as the performing arts, media and public relations, human resources, administration, the public service and a great many other professions where interpersonal and communication skills are highly prized.
- When combined with an appropriate tertiary teaching qualification, the Drama major is one of the exciting pathways to becoming a secondary-school drama teacher.