10DDR

Drama Technologies Year 10 (Option 1)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. Leathem

Drama Technologies in Year 10 focuses on the technical aspects of Drama and Theatre. The students who take this subject will learn a range of practical skills associated with the back stage in mind. These practical skills are designing, creating, building, painting, rehearsing, reading and writing. Topics covered in this course are as follows: Set Design - Creating and building a set design based on a New Zealand play, Costume - Designing a costume for a range of characters in a variety of plays, Lighting and Sound - Creating lighting and sound for a range of texts to build atmosphere, Mask - Creating and building a mask for a dramatic performance, Props - Developing, creating and building props for a performance, Stage Combat - Creating a performance that uses stage combat skills for an audience and Script Writing - Creating a performable script for a Drama performance.


Course Overview

Term 1
10DRA004 Developing an understanding of stage combat
This assessment activity requires students to work in small groups to apply performance skills of stage combat . The initial lessons will be exploring the acting skills associated with Shakespearean Drama and how they can be presented in a range of different activities in front of the class. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the skills of stage combat and justify their use in a performance in front of an audience.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Exploring acting techniques for characterisation
• Developing ideas around performance in Drama through use of Drama conventions and Drama
elements
• Learn to apply Drama Techniques to effectively create a meaningful performance.
• Work collectively to create and perform a coherent and effective scene.
• Develop team work and negotiation skills.
• Reflect on their work.

Term 2
10DRA003 Using Drama technologies in a dramatic context to create a Set Design
This assessment activity requires students develop an understanding of set design and the design processes required to create a set for a New Zealand play called ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’. Students develop their own understanding of staging drama and create their own set design and present this to the class.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Exploring drama technologies through set design.
• Developing ideas around performance in Drama through use of the use of staging a play.
• Learn to develop an understanding of set building and lighting design on the stage and incorporating
sound to create atmosphere.
• Develop an understanding of the different types of set used in stage craft.
• Develop an understanding of the design process for creating a set design.
• Reflect on their work.

Term 3
10DRA001 Creating a script for a performance
This assessment activity requires students to work as an individual to apply drama conventions and elements to create a scripted scene based around a selection of topics. Students will also learning how to edit a script and use scripting conventions to shape a performance piece.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Develop an understanding of drama techniques, conventions and scripting conventions.
• Understanding how to develop characters and their roles.
• Developing ideas around the select themes and how to communicate them through script.
• Using research to aid and support the role and idea development.
• Develop an understanding of editing processes in script writing.

Term 4
10DRA002 Designing and creating Costume for a dramatic context.
This assessment activity requires students to investigate costume use in a range contexts within Drama. Students will design a costume for a character drawing on artistic designs and concepts. Students will have a variety of methods to produce this costume design digitally or physically.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Develop an understanding of how costume can be used in Drama.
• Understanding how different styles of costume create different characters in performance.
• Developing ideas around the select themes and how to communicate them through their designs.
• Create a costume (not to scale).

10DRA005 Understanding the use of Mask in Drama.
This assessment activity requires students to create a mask for a character in a play. Students will design and create a mask that reflects a particular style of Drama. The mask will be manufactured out of a variety of materials and allow students to show flair and imagination.
Below are some of the concepts and contexts covered in this unit of work:
• Develop an understanding of mask use in Drama.
• Understanding how to develop a mask for a particular character in a Drama.
• Research and design a mask.
• Create a mask that is wearable for a performance.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

This subject leads to:
NCEA Drama, Actor for theatre or screen, A confident speaker or entertainer, Designer of Set, Costume design, Builder of props and Drama items.


Pathway