Drama Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. Leathem

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, it is recommended that you would have achieved the following:
15 Credits Level 2 Drama
12 Credits Level 2 English

The Level Three course is designed to further the concepts taught in both Level One and Two, whilst providing further development of the performance skills associated with Drama. Further skills are taught around Dram

a conventions, elements and techniques and how they are used in performance. Topics covered are; Greek Tragedy, New Zealand Drama and Devising.
Drama is for the students of today who will be the adults of tomorrow – adults with an appreciation of who they are in relation to others, where they come from, and what kind of world they would like to live in.

Students are required to visit the theatre to watch a range of performances to assist in the external examination.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS91512 3.1 "Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance." - 4 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to perform an extract from a play. You will do this either as a monologue or as part of a group (2-4 people). Your performance should be between 3-5 minutes long, depending upon the number of people in your group.
You will also submit a statement of intention and an annotated script to support your interpretation and integration of techniques.
You will be assessed individually on your ability to perform your scene by integrating drama techniques effectively to:
• portray one or multiple characters
• communicate an interpretation that is consistent with the themes and ideas of the whole play.

Term 2
AS 91516 3.5 "Demonstrate understanding of the work of a drama or theatre theorist or practitioner" - 4 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to present and discuss an original set design (presented as a maquette) for a given play. Your set design needs to reflect the work of a practitioner or theorist of your choice. This includes the interaction of both set and lighting decisions.
You will be introduced to the basic principles of set design and lighting and guided through an overview of the history of set design prior to undertaking this assessment activity. This may be done through a combination of formal teaching, workshops, and individual study. The assessment focuses on your ability to demonstrate understanding of a particular practitioner’s impact on set design through practical application to a design process.
You will work individually to prepare your design, maquette, and presentation.
You will be assessed on your ability to make perceptive links between the works of your chosen practitioner, and to justify your application of their ideas to your design.
You will have six to eight weeks of in-class and out-of-class time to prepare for and present your seminar.

Term 3
AS91519 3.8 "Script a drama suitable for live performance." - 5 credits - Internal

This assessment activity requires you to write an original script based on a range of themes that are current at that point in time, suitable for live performance. Your script will be based on research.
You will be assessed on your ability to write a drama that is convincing, captures the spirit and meaning of the topic, and has impact and originality. Although you will produce a rehearsed, enacted reading of the script, it is the script itself that will be assessed.

Term 4
AS91514 3.3 "Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period" - 4 Credits - External

This achievement standard involves interpreting a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period.

Features may include: performance space, acting styles, themes or ideas, conventions, use of technologies, and reference to the historical and/or sociological context.

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