Drama Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. Leathem

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

Drama at this level explores the elements and conventions of drama allowing students to use creativity and knowledge to demonstrate given or allocated roles through a range of drama styles. These styles include Commedia del Arte, Modern Drama and Devised Drama.
Drama helps us to make sense of the world and find our place in our community. Through drama, students develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Drama examines and challenges established ideas and prejudices. It encourages critical and creative thinking and innovation. It generates new ideas and reflects on trends in society.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS90999 1.4 "Use features of a drama/theatre form in a performance." - 4 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to create and perform a short Commedia dell’Arte scenario using features of the style, portray a clearly identifiable character from this tradition, and describe your intention and the features you use.
You will work in a group of 2–5, but you will be assessed individually. Your presentation is expected to be no more than 5–6 minutes long.

You will be assessed on how well you use features of Commedia dell’Arte in your performance. Your supporting document(s) are necessary for achievement but they do not constitute evidence to support attainment for higher levels of achievement.

Term 2
AS90997 1.2 "Devise and perform a drama." - 5 Credits - Internal

This assessment requires you to work in groups of 3–5 students to devise and perform a drama. You will need to use drama conventions to create and shape the elements in the drama.
The drama will be original and be devised from an idea or theme from a short story used in class. It will be approximately 6–10 minutes long, and will be performed to an invited audience or your classmates.
You will have 6–8 weeks to complete this work. You will need to use both in-class and out-of-class time.
You will provide a statement of purpose for your drama, as well as a devised drama outline as supporting evidence. This information should not be extensive, but may be provided in written form such as diagrams, notes, bullet points, or a programme for the audience.
You will be assessed on your ability to devise and perform an effective drama. Although you are working in a group, you will be assessed individually so you must take an active role in creating the devised drama and in performing it. Every member of the group must have the opportunity to participate sufficiently to achieve the standard.

Term 3
AS90006 1.1 "Apply drama techniques in a dramatic context" - 4 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to work in small groups (2–5 students) to apply drama techniques to perform a short scene or excerpt(s) from a New Zealand play. You will play only one character.
This activity will take place over 4–6 weeks and involve in-class and out-of-class time.
Your performance will be approximately 2–4 minutes long and will be presented to the class. Performances will be videoed to assist with assessment and quality assurance of grade decisions. You will be given specific details of the time and place for this assessment.
You will be assessed on your ability to apply drama techniques effectively in a dramatic context. Although you will perform in a group, you will be assessed individually on the use of all four techniques together (voice, body, movement, and use of space).

Term 4
AS90998 1.3 "Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form." - 4 credits - External

This external assessment examination requires you to display an understanding of a drama/theatre form that has been studied during the year (1.4 Internal Assessment). You will be asked to comment on the features of that drama/theatre form and give examples of how these features are/can be used in a performance. You will also be asked to demonstrate perceptive understanding and make insightful connections between the features and the historical and/or social context of a drama/theatre form.

Learning Areas:



Drama Level 2

Career Pathways

Model, Private Teacher/Tutor, Entertainer, Television Presenter, Film/Television Camera Operator, Make-up Artist, Actor, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Author, Dancer