Faculty of Arts


Presentation and Performance Skills: Taking the Stage


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. 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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