Drama

Year 9 & 10 Drama

Students are introduced to a variety of theatre styles and gain knowledge of Drama's contribution to social and cultural aspects of life in New Zealand and around the world. They become increasingly literate in Drama as they work with drama elements, techniques and conventions to interpret their own and others Drama work. They build upon the work developed with a focus towards production, processes and performance. This course utilises selected Unit Standard Tasks as preparation for NCEA Level 1 the following year. The full year course is recommended for students intending to study NCEA Drama. JPA students should select this course.



Level 1 Drama

Course Description: Students will:  Investigate the forms and purposes of drama in different historical or contemporary contexts, including New Zealand drama.  Select and use techniques, conventions, and technologies in a range of dramatic forms.  Research, evaluate, and refine ideas in a range of dramatic forms to develop drama.  Perform and respond to drama and make critical judgments about how elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies are used to create form and meaning in their own and others' work. 

Assessment: 22 Achievement Standard credits - 18 internal and 4 external. Selected Performing Arts Technology standards are also made available during production work. Entry requirements: Year 10 Drama or by consultation with the Head of Drama.


Level 2 Drama

Course Description: Students will:  Research the purposes of production, performance, and technologies of drama in a range of contexts, including New Zealand drama.  Explore how drama reflects our cultural diversity.  Select and refine the use of techniques, conventions, and technologies in specific dramatic forms.  Research, critically evaluate, and refine ideas to develop drama in specific dramatic forms.  Rehearse and perform works in a range of dramatic forms.  Respond to and make critical judgments about rehearsal processes and performances.

Assessment: 18 Achievement Standard credits - 14 internal and 4 external. Additional internal credits are made available from a selection of Performing Arts Technology standards. Entry requirements: 12 credits minimum at Level 1 Drama or by consultation with the Head of Drama.


Level 3 Drama

Course Description: Students will:  Research, analyse, and critically evaluate how drama, including New Zealand drama, interprets, records, or challenges social and cultural discourse.  Research, analyse, and integrate elements, techniques, conventions, and technologies in dramatic forms for specific purposes.  Research, critically evaluate, and refine ideas to create original drama work.  Analyse, rehearse, and perform works in a range of dramatic forms, assuming a variety of artistic or technical responsibilities.  Reflect on and critically evaluate a wide range of works and performances. 

Assessment: 18 Achievement Standard credits - 14 internal and 4 external. Additional internal credits are available from completing Performing Arts Technology standards. Entry requirements: At least 12 Level 2 Drama credits or by consultation with the Head of Drama.