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Revised Drama & Performance syllabus – now known as Speech & Performance
Revised Drama & Communication syllabus
Voice & Communication syllabus updated
Speech & Performance Theory syllabus updated

Examination Requirements

It is essential that teachers and candidates consult the current year’s syllabus for details of AMEB examination requirements and note the applicable regulations, which are amended from time to time. The 2019 Manual of Syllabuses (Speech Syllabuses) is available for purchase in the traditional hard copy format or as a digital file (PDF).

Enrolling for examinations

Examinations for Speech & Performance, Voice & Communication and Drama & Communication are offered in five Metropolitan Practical Sessions and two Country Practical Sessions. Diploma examinations are held at the AMEB Studios in Hawthorn: Associate examinations are available in each of the five Metropolitan Practical Sessions; Licentiate examinations are offered in late-June and late-September.

Speech & Performance (formerly Drama & Performance) – Revised syllabus

In 2018 an evaluation of the Drama & Performance syllabus was undertaken and as a result this syllabus has now been renamed: from 2019 it will be known as the Speech & Performance syllabus. The syllabus reference book list and some syllabus wording have been updated as part of the revision. In addition, the following changes have been made:

All grades

The timing requirements for various questions/sections within the exam have been altered. Some question parameters have also changed (see individual grades in the 2019 Speech & Performance syllabus for details).

Level 3 Diplomas

The ADPA (Associate of Drama and Performance, Australia) and LDPA (Licentiate of Drama and Performance, Australia) will now become the Associate of Speech and Performance, Australia (ASPA) and the Licentiate of Speech and Performance, Australia (LSPA). Candidates who commence their ADPA or LDPA before 2021 will be able to complete their diploma within the time frames outlined by Regulation 20.

Transition arrangements

The Speech & Performance (revised syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Performance syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 Drama & Performance will be withdrawn and candidates will no longer be able to present for examination using this syllabus.

Examination entries

To enter for an examination in the ‘old’ syllabus select Drama & Performance (2018). To enter for an examination in the new syllabus, select Speech & Performance.

Written Diploma Exams

All ADPA/ASPA and LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol six weeks in advance of their written examination. The examination date, venue and supervision arrangements are negotiable. Please contact AMEB Victoria for more information.

LDPA/LSPA Dissertation

All LDPA/LSPA candidates are able to enrol for Section III at a time of their choice and are required to submit their dissertation within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the dissertation topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the dissertation.

An evaluation of Speech and Drama syllabuses has been undertaken and, as a result, various syllabuses have been revised, updated or given a new name.

Speech & Performance

New (2019) Speech & Performance

New (2019) Speech and Performance Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
5040Preliminary (2019)$88.00
5041Grade 1 (2019)$96.00
5042Grade 2 (2019)$98.00
5043Grade 3 (2019)$109.00
5044Grade 4 (2019)$117.00
5045Grade 5 (2019)$120.00
5046Grade 6 (2019)$136.00
5047Grade 7 (2019)$151.00
5048Grade 8 (2019)$168.00
5049Certificate of Speech & Performance (2019)$213.00
5050Associate (S. I): Practical – Performer (2019)$308.00
5051Associate (S. II): Written – Performer (2019)$150.00
5052Associate (S. I): Practical – Teacher (2019)$308.00
5053Associate (S. II): Written – Teacher (2019)$150.00
5054Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Performer (2019)$350.00
5055Licentiate (S. II): Written – Performer (2019)$184.00
5056Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Performer (2019)On Application
5057Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Teacher (2019)$350.00
5058Licentiate (S. II): Written – Teacher (2019)$184.00
5059Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Teacher (2019)On Application
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Old (2018) Drama & Performance

Notice of withdrawal

The revised Speech and Performance (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama and Performance syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama and Performance syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the ‘old’ syllabus last published in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual select the Drama & Performance (2018) syllabus.

Old (2018) Drama & Performance Subject Numbers and Fees  
1920Preliminary (2018)$88.00
1921Grade 1 (2018)$96.00
1922Grade 2 (2018)$98.00
1923Grade 3 (2018)$109.00
1924Grade 4 (2018)$117.00
1925Grade 5 (2018)$120.00
1926Grade 6 (2018)$136.00
1927Grade 7 (2018)$151.00
1928Grade 8 (2018)$168.00
1929Certificate of Drama & Performance (2018)$213.00
1930Associate (S. I): Practical – Performer (2018)$308.00
1931Associate (S. II): Written – Performer (2018)$150.00
1932Associate (S. I): Practical – Teacher (2018)$308.00
1933Associate (S. II): Written – Teacher (2018)$150.00
1934Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Performer (2018)$350.00
1935Licentiate (S. II): Written – Performer (2018)$184.00
1936Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Performer (2018)On Application
1937Licentiate (S. I): Practical – Teacher (2018)$350.00
1938Licentiate (S. II): Written – Teacher (2018)$184.00
1939Licentiate (S. III): Dissert. – Teacher (2018)On Application
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Drama & Communication

Revised Syllabus

In 2017 and 2018 the Drama & Communication syllabus was part of the Recital exam trial. The Recital exam trial has now concluded, but elements from the trial have now been incorporated as options in the full syllabus. An evaluation of the full syllabus has resulted in a revision that allows individual candidates, as well as duos and larger groups, to undertake exams in this syllabus. The syllabus now has additional flexibility, allowing all candidates to pick from three different syllabus program structures (see the syllabus itself for specific details). The time allowed for Drama & Communication exams at Grades 2, 5 and 6 has also changed (refer to Regulation 13). Some other question parameters have also been altered/updated (see individual grades of the 2019 Drama & Communication syllabus for details) and the syllabus now features a refreshed reference book list.

Transition Arrangements: The Drama & Communication (revised syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama & Communication syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. From the start of 2021 the previous Drama & Communication syllabus will be withdrawn and no longer available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for an examination in the new syllabus, select Drama & Communication (2019). To enter for an examination in the ‘old’ syllabus select Drama & Communication (2018).

New (2019) Drama & Communication Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
5060Introductory (2019)$183.00
5061Grade 1 (2019)$183.00
5062Grade 2 (2019)$183.00
5063Grade 3 (2019)$212.00
5064Grade 4 (2019)$228.00
5065Grade 5 (2019)$228.00
5066Grade 6 (2019)$251.00
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Old (2018) Drama & Communication

Notice of withdrawal

The revised Drama and Communication (2019 syllabus) will be examined concurrently with the Drama and Communication syllabus that last appeared in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual for two years after the release of the revised syllabus. No combination of the syllabuses is permitted. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ Drama and Communication syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the ‘old’ syllabus last published in the 2018 Speech & Drama Manual select the Drama & Communication (2018) syllabus.

Old (2018) Drama & Communication Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
197Introductory (2018)$183.00
191Grade 1 (2018)$183.00
192Grade 2 (2018)$183.00
193Grade 3 (2018)$212.00
194Grade 4 (2018)$228.00
195Grade 5 (2018)$228.00
196Grade 6 (2018)$251.00
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Voice & Communication

Changes for 2019

The reference book list for the Voice & Communication syllabus has been updated. In addition, some question parameters have also been altered/updated (see the individual grades in the Voice & Communication syllabus for 2019 requirements).

APCA Folio: All APCA candidates are able to enrol for Part Two: Written at a time of their choice and are required to submit their folio within six weeks of enrolling. This does not vary the requirement to have the folio topic approved by the AMEB prior to commencement of the folio.

Voice & Communication Subject Numbers and Fees 2019
1900Preliminary$88.00
1901Grade 1$93.00
1902Grade 2$98.00
1903Grade 3$107.00
1904Grade 4$112.00
1905Grade 5$115.00
1906Grade 6$120.00
1907Grade 7$136.00
1908Grade 8$168.00
1909Certificate in Voice & Communication$221.00
1910Associate (Section I): Practical$300.00
1911Associate (Section II): Folio$300.00
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Speech and Performance Theory

Changes for 2019

Speech & Performance Theory now features an updated reference book list. There have also been changes to the following two questions in Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively:

Grade 6 Question 1, Foundations (a): the length of the passage to be transcribed has been changed from 50 to 40 words.
Grade 7 Question 1, Foundations (a): the length of the passage to be transcribed has now been given as 50 words (previously no word length was given).

Enrolling for examinations

Speech and Performance Theory exams are offered in the August Written Exam Session.

Speech & Performance Theory Subject Numbers and Fees 2019  
1661Grade 1$77.00
1662Grade 2$79.00
1663Grade 3$81.00
1664Grade 4$89.00
1665Grade 5$91.00
1666Grade 6$98.00
1667Grade 7$98.00
All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.
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