Style: Accordion

Dance (ATAR)

The Dance ATAR course develops and presents ideas through a variety of genres, styles and forms, as it provides a unique way in which to express our cultural view and understanding of the world. Through critical decision making in individual and group work, movement is manipulated and refined to reflect the choreographer’s intent. Students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices, and draw on their own physicality and the interpretation of existing work of others to make dance works.

Unit 1: Popular Culture
This unit focuses on the exploration of dance in popular culture and how this leads to a wider understanding of the diverse contexts and functions of dance in society.

Unit 2: Australian Dance
This unit focuses on the diverse range of functions and contexts of dance in Australia. Students analyse critically their own cultural beliefs and values in relation to traditional and contemporary dance forms and styles, and develop an understanding of their own dance heritage.

Drama (ATAR)

The ATAR Drama course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice as students integrate their knowledge and skills. Students use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others. Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use technologies such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings.
Unit 1 – Representational, Realist Drama
The focus for this unit is representational, realist drama. Students explore techniques of characterisation through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Stanislavski and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret, perform and produce texts in forms and styles related to representational, realistic drama that educate and present perspectives.
Unit 2 – Presentational, Non-realist Drama
The focus of this unit is presentational, non-realist drama. Students explore techniques of role and/or character through different approaches to group based text interpretation, particularly those based on the work of Brecht and others. In this unit, students have the opportunity to research and collaboratively workshop, interpret and perform drama texts related to presentational, non-realistic drama that challenge and question perspectives.
Prerequisite: Year 10 English C grade or higher.
Students choosing the ATAR Drama course in Year 11/12 are strongly advised to complete the Drama course in Year 10. Any student who completes the Drama course in Year 9 and achieves exceptional results, but does not do the course in Year 10, may be considered at the discretion of the Drama staff.
Course requirements: Students are required to have a pair of ‘theatre blacks’ for this subject (black pants or shorts and a black t-shirt).
Pathway: Units 3 and 4 ATAR Drama in Year 12.

CUA30915 Certificate III in Music Industry (Performance)

Course Description

Studying Music is part of the Creative Arts Industries sector and the Certificate III Music course will provide students with knowledge and skills that will enhance their employment prospects in the music industry and the wider industry of the Creative Arts.

Through the Core units of competency in the program students will contribute to health and safety of self and others, implement copyright arrangements, learn to work effectively in the music industry and apply knowledge of style and genre to performance. Students will also study an array of elective units including; solo performance on their instrument/voice, song writing, composition and much more.

Possible Careers

This course will prepare students for further qualifications from which possible careers could include: Professional Musician, Band member, Song writer, Composer, Arranger, Copier, Promoter/Sales and Merchandising Personnel, Teacher, Tutor and Sound or Studio Technician.

Units and electives

Completion of eleven units of competence is required in order to be eligible for the award of Certificate III in Music (performance). These include:

  • 4 core units of study plus
  • 7 elective units


This course has a performance specialisation with students required to perform at a minimum of Grade 4 standard on their instrument/voice. It is therefore subject to teacher/ tutor recommendation and approval. Students must be enrolled in instrumental/vocal tuition at the College and participate in at least one of the College ensembles.