Faculty of Arts


Presentation and Performance Skills: Taking the Stage

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for DRAMA 100.


Focuses on enhancing oral communication and performance skills through interactive workshops with speakers and performers highlighting the transferable skills of acting in three main areas: public speaking, improvising and group-devised performance. 

Learning Outcomes

Our course aims are:

  • To enhance your appreciation of effective public speaking 
  • To improve your confidence in public performance
  • To develop your understanding of vocal and physical skills that underlie effective performance 
  • To provide you with the skills to work effectively in a team
  • To develop your potential to make dynamic creative presentations

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Use the vocal and physical skills you have learned to deliver an effective oral presentation
  • Apply acting techniques to develop stage presence and listening skills
  • Apply improvisation and devising techniques to develop dynamic and creative group presentations
  • Apply ideas and approaches learned in the course to deliver an effective oral presentation that incorporates dynamic audiovisual elements
Topics Covered
  • Making your voice heard and commanding attention
  • Understanding audience impact
  • Acting
  • Creative listening
  • Group creation
  • Shaping a story
  • Creating successful presentations using audiovisual elements

Class limits for 2020: Enrolment is limited to 225 students for Semester One and 100 students for Semester Two. First priority: students with a 240 point Communication specialisation. Second priority: students with a Drama major. Third priority: students with a 120 point Communication major. Fourth priority: all other students.


Coursework only

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Emma Willis


Available via Canvas at the beginning of the semester. No purchasing of texts required.

Recommended Reading




DRAMA 100: 15.0 points




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