DRA3
This course requires 2 options.

Drama 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Vercoe

• 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 valuate, 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.

An example of credits available is listed below.


Course Overview

Term 1
Students will workshop extracts from contemporary theatre, which depict a range of cultural perspectives, including Māori, Pacifika, Indian, and European. They are encouraged to explore creative ways to stage extracts, drawing upon an understanding of the theorist, or theatre form informing the extract. They will workshop extracts from multiple genres including Absurdist, Total, and NZ theatre forms, before deciding on a piece they will prepare for assessment. Students will develop skills in use of voice, body, space, and movement to bring alive these extracts.

A.S. 91512 Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance

Term 2
Creating Devised theatre through the lens of a practitioner. Students are exposed to a number of practical workshops on various theatre forms, and will develop an understanding of how a practitioner's theory can influence style and content. For example, students create scenes which depict a political message, drawing on Brechtian conventions, after looking at Banksy's art. Or, after reading war stories as a stimulus, students create scenes on PTSD, using conventions of Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. The final piece is assessed against both the Devising and Theatre Form standard.

A.S. 91513 v2 Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
A.S. 91515 v2 Drama 3.4 - Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period

Term 3
Brechtian Epic Theatre. Students will study Brecht's theory through a practical exploration of a play such as 'Children of the Poor', or 'The Threepenny Opera', culminating in a substantial acting role performance. Each student will take on a significant role and perform in front of a live audience. The direction and creative vision for these pieces will be guided by the teacher.

A.S. 91517 Drama 3.6 - Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production
Optional: A.S. 91514 Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period

Term 4
Optional: Entry to the External Examination in discussion with the teacher.
Optional: Scholarship preparation

Optional: A.S. 91514 Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period

Prerequisites

Open - DRA2 preferred

Pathway

This course is not just for students who want to pursue a career in theatre, or film. The personable and presentation skills that will be honed during the year would benefit students going into any industry. Students in this course become confident, articulate communicators, who are excellent team players.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 18 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91512 v2
NZQA Info
Drama 3.1 - Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91513 v2
NZQA Info
Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91514 v4
NZQA Info
Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91515 v2
NZQA Info
Drama 3.4 - Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91517 v2
NZQA Info
Drama 3.6 - Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91518 v3
NZQA Info
Drama 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 26
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 26
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 21
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.