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Stage 6 Drama – Further advice for teachers and students

Stage 6 Drama HSC Assessments and Submitted Works – advice for teachers

Information to assist teachers to advise and supervise students with HSC submitted works is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_assessment_policies/hsc-assessments-works-advice-teachers.html

  • Stage 6 Drama Course Prescriptions – prescribed text editions

    When choosing the texts for the Stage 6 Drama Course Prescriptions, BOSTES has considered availability and cost to schools. Where possible, teachers should use the particular edition of the play indicated in the Drama Stage 6 Course Prescriptions, Higher School Certificate, [insert relevant date period Course prescriptions are active].

    Teachers may use a different edition provided it has been carefully mapped to the recommended edition to ensure it is the same.

  • Stage 6 Drama – certification of student work

    Students, teachers and school principals are required to certify that all submitted works are the student’s own work.

    Information regarding the certification of student work is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 8-9.

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/documents/hsc-rules-and-procedures-2015.pdf

    Please refer to pages 15–16.

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9020

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/go/exams/practical_and_performance_exams/practical_exam_certification/

    Please refer to pages 8–9.

  • Stage 6 Drama – changing student course options

    Information regarding changes to student Individual Project course options is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 20.

    Schools can change student options for the Individual Project Drama via Schools Online up to mid-July. Any changes to student options after mid-July must be made in writing to BOSTES, and signed by the student, teacher and school principal.

  • Stage 6 Drama – content

    Advice for schools regarding content for HSC performances and submitted works is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/performances-works-schools-advice.html

  • Stage 6 Drama – HSC Performance, audiences

    Information regarding audiences for HSC Drama Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 21.

    Schools will be provided with further information prior to HSC performance marking.


  • Group performance: general information


  • Group Performance – start date

    Information regarding the start date for the Group Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 10.

  • Group Performance – advice to teachers and students regarding group collaboration; use of an understudy

    Information and advice on group collaboration is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Schools must apply to BOSTES to use an understudy. Approval will only be given under the following circumstances:

    • when the school has fewer than 3 students undertaking Drama.
    • when a member of the group is not regularly attending class and/or rehearsal due to illness or misadventure.
    • in extreme cases where group cohesiveness has irrevocably broken down and a range of mediation has proved unsuccessful.

    Understudies must be another student at the school who is not in Year 12. Students acting as an understudy must not be involved in the development of the Group Performance.

    The minimum number required for a Group Performance is three students. If a student leaves a group that is between 4–6 students at the start of the Group Performance process an understudy is not permitted to be used as there is sufficient time to adjust the piece around the remaining students.

    Teachers should consider the following techniques in relation to the management of the group:

    • offering students an option to determine who they work with for the Group Performance. For example students could be asked to privately nominate to the supervising teacher one student they wish to work with.
    • explicit teaching of skills in collaboration, good communication, negotiation and conflict resolution prior to the Group Performance process.
    • suggesting students establish a simple, agreed code of conduct for positive group work.

    To request any variations to course requirements in relation to the Group Performance in Drama, the principal must write to: The Drama Co-ordinator, Examination Operations, email: examsupport@bostes.nsw.edu.au. The email should outline the reasons why the school/student is seeking approval from BOSTES for a variation to the course requirements. It must be signed by the principal.

    The approval letter must be kept on file at the school and shown to the HSC Drama markers on request.

  • Group Performance – Illness/Misadventure

    Formal applications to BOSTES for Illness/Misadventure for the Group Performance cannot be made until the HSC performance date. For internal school assessment teachers should follow their school policy and guidelines.

    If an Illness/Misadventure application is sought on the day of the Group Performance examination due to the absence of a student, the school must advise BOSTES, and have all students in the group complete an Illness/Misadventure form. HSC examinations will not be re-scheduled due to Illness or Misadventure.

  • The Group Performance – prohibited weapons, replicas and other related articles

    Information regarding the Group Performance and prohibited weapons, replicas and related articles is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9016

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/performances-works-schools-advice.html

  • The Group Performance – lighting, sound, special effects

    Information regarding the use of lighting, sound and special effects is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 22.

  • The Group Performance – duration

    Information regarding performance duration is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please see pages 8–9.

    Note that performances that are substantially under duration may not fully address all or some of the marking criteria, while performances that go over time may be stopped by the markers.

  • The Group Performance – mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices

    Information regarding mobile phones and HSC examinations is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://studentsonline.bostes.nsw.edu.au/go/exams/Exam_equipment/

    http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/index.cfm/2015/4/17/Use-of-mobile-telephones-in-HSC-performance-examinations

    Should a student choose to use a mobile phone to play a backing track they must demonstrate to markers that the device is in flight mode with no connection to the internet.


  • Individual Project: general information


  • Individual Project – changes to individual course options

    Information regarding changes to student Individual Project options is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 20.

    Schools can change student options for the Individual Project Drama via Schools Online up to mid-July. Any changes to student options after mid-July must be made in writing to BOSTES, and signed by the student, teacher and school principal.

  • Individual Project – damaged work

    If a student’s Individual Project is damaged prior to submission, the school should contact BOSTES for advice.


  • Individual Project: Performance


  • Individual Project: Performance – prohibited weapons, replicas and other related articles

    Information regarding the Individual Performance and prohibited weapons, replicas and related articles is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9016

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/performances-works-schools-advice.html

  • Individual Project: Performance – duration

    Information regarding the duration of the Individual Project: Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please see page 18.

    Note that performances that are substantially under duration may not fully address all or some of the marking criteria, while performances that go over time may be stopped by the examiners.

  • Individual Project: Performance – use of excerpts

    Information regarding the use of excerpts in the Individual Project: Performance is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 18, second bullet point. The construction of the monologue is open to broad interpretation by teachers when advising students on their choice of material. Using excerpts from an existing script with student devised work is possible while noting Criteria for Examining the Individual Project: Performance–Criteria 3, structure and dramatic coherence.

  • Individual Project: Performance – lighting, sound, special effects

    Information regarding the use of lighting, sound and special effects is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 22.

  • Individual Project: Performance – operation of technical equipment

    Information regarding the operation of technical equipment is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 22.

  • Individual Project: Performance – mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices

    Information regarding mobile phones and HSC examinations is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://studentsonline.bostes.nsw.edu.au/go/exams/Exam_equipment/

    http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/index.cfm/2015/4/17/Use-of-mobile-telephones-in-HSC-performance-examinations

    Should a student choose to use a mobile phone to play a backing track they must demonstrate to the markers that the device is in flight mode with no connection to the internet.

  • Individual Project: Performance – musicals, musical theatre

    Students may select repertoire from a musical theatre style for the Individual Performance. However, the focus of the Individual Performance is to develop a coherent theatrical performance demonstrating a clear sense of dramatic purpose, shape and structure rather than on musical aspects of the performance.

  • Individual Project: Performance – prescribed text exclusions

    Information regarding text exclusions is available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 10–11.

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-st6-syl-from2010.pdf

    Please refer to page 30.


  • Individual Project: Critical Analysis


    Director’s Folio, Portfolio of Theatre Criticism, Applied Research Project

  • Individual Project: Critical Analysis (Portfolio of Theatre Criticism) – publication format

    Information regarding the Portfolio of Theatre Criticism is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 13.

    The Portfolio of Theatre Criticism must be the result of attending four theatre performances during the HSC course. The reviews may be done in a range of styles suitable to theatre criticism. The Portfolio of Theatre Criticism may be for a real or hypothetical publication.

    Students may provide theatre criticism for plays listed on the Text List for Individual Projects. Students should not provide theatre criticism for plays studied as part of Studies in Drama and Theatre.

  • Individual Project: Critical Analysis (Portfolio of Theatre Criticism) – musicals/musical theatre/opera

    Students may undertake a critical analysis of a musical/musical theatre/opera provided the focus of the analysis and criticism remains on the dramatic elements of the production and not the musical features. Selecting productions for theatre criticism should allow students enough scope to demonstrate skills in analysis, evaluation and judgement about live theatre performances.

  • Individual Project: Critical Analysis (Portfolio of Theatre Criticism) – amateur productions

    The Portfolio of Theatre Criticism can cover any theatrical event professional or amateur.

    The Portfolio of Theatre Criticism can be based on live theatre performances locally or from interstate or overseas.


  • Individual Project: Design


    Costume, Lighting, Promotion and Program, Set

  • Individual Project: Design (Costume) – submission requirements

    Information regarding the Individual Project: Design (Costume) is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 15.

    The renderings for Costume Design may be done by hand or digitally produced. All digital images must be printed for submission to BOSTES.

    Renderings for at least two different characters must be separately mounted on cardboard. Size restrictions for submissions must be adhered to (see page 15).

    There is no requirement to frame images for Costume Design beyond a simple cardboard mount. Glass is not permitted as it prevents access to the surface of the renderings, and can easily break and fracture, becoming a WHS issue during marking.

  • Individual Project: Design (Promotion and Program) – submission requirements

    Information regarding the Individual Project: Design (Promotion and Program) is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 16–17.

    Promotion and program designs may be for a real or hypothetical theatre company. Designs and promotional copies for school productions may not be used.
  • Individual Project: Design (Set) – performance space

    Information regarding the performance space for set design is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 17–18.

    An identified performance space refers to an established or known theatre space.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama


  • Individual Project: Video Drama – use of actors

    Teachers and students are advised to use Year 11 or Year 10 students where possible when selecting actors for Video Drama from the candidate’s school.

    Consideration should be given to the ongoing availability of Year 12 students when selecting actors for Video Drama.

    Students wishing to act in their own Video Drama should consider the criteria for examining the Individual Project: Video Drama, available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 19–20.

    Students are required to demonstrate directorial vision, script writing, direction of production and dramatic action as part of the requirements for Video Drama. Given these requirements, it may be difficult for a student to act while making decisions about camera operations and filming.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – D.O.P

    Originality, clarity and directorial vision form part of the marking criteria for Video Drama. It is possible to use another person behind the camera, for example on a 2–camera shot; however, directorial vision includes being responsible for framing of dramatic action, shot selection and variety, camera movement, focus etc.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – use of stock footage or the work of others

    The Video Drama must be the student’s own work. The criteria for this project assess the student’s ability to direct the action of the film by creating their own mise en scène through the selection and composition of production elements (location, lighting, costume, casting). The student must also demonstrate their ability to use the camera to capture the action and their ability to edit the footage and apply post-production effects if required.

    Any use of appropriated or outsourced material should be in keeping with the conceptual intent for the work. Students must acknowledge all source material in keeping with the requirements of Academic Honesty in the HSC, All My Own Work and copyright.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – adaptation, interpretation, authenticity, originality and All My Own Work

    Information regarding narrative development of the Individual Project: Video Drama is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/drama-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to pages 19–20.

    Video Drama must be a ‘narrative developed by the student’. Video Drama does not have to be a completely original idea or narrative as required in the Group Performance. However, the narrative must be treated in such a way that the student can demonstrate they have adapted and developed the work for the Individual Project: Video Drama in an original way. The Criteria for examining the Individual Project: Video Drama refers to originality and clarity of directorial vision.

    Where a student has adapted or re-interpreted the work of another for the Individual Project: Video Drama, they must acknowledge sources as part of the requirements for Academic Honesty in the HSC.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – copyright

    Information regarding copyright is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/visual-arts-assessment-reporting.pdf

    Please refer to page 12.

    General references to copyright, All My Own Work, academic honesty and issues of malpractice in the HSC are available on the BOSTES website at the following links:

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9023

    http://ace.bos.nsw.edu.au/ace-9022

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/go/assessment/honesty_in_assessment/

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/documents/hsc-rules-and-procedures-2015.pdf

    http://studentsonline.bos.nsw.edu.au/documents/hsc-assessment-tasks-practical-performance-exams.pdf

    http://amow.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsc_assessment_policies/honesty.html

    Information regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander work and copyright is available on BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://ab-ed.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/files/protecting-australian-indigenous-art.pdf

    Information regarding copyright and HSC Showcase events such as OnSTAGE is available on the BOSTES website at the following link:

    http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/performances-works-schools-advice.html

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – credits

    The Individual Project: Video Drama should include credits where students can acknowledge sources and other contributions to the project. The credits are included in the total running time for Video Drama of between 5-7 minutes.

  • Individual Project: Video Drama – file format

    Student projects in Video Drama must be submitted to BOSTES as a digital file on a thumb drive (USB). The file format should be AVI, MP4 or WMV.

    The video must be able to be viewed directly from the thumb drive (USB) on current Apple or Windows operating systems. The video must be designed for playback, requiring no specialist hardware or software.

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