ASHS Coursebook: 1DRA (Level 1 Drama)

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What is this course about?

This course aims to provide a bridge between involvement in the Performing Arts at school and independent involvement in the wider community. It explores the world of live theatre and acting for the theatre. Participants will develop skills and confidence in oral presentation as well as skills in the use of and the reading of body language as a part of communication. They will also work on such competencies as relating to others, participating and contributing in groupwork, self management and, of course, thinking. The course is primarily practical and includes performances such as improvisations, extracts from plays, devised drama and staging a performance evening for an outside audience in our theatre. Students will explore the use of movement, voice, body and space in theatre. They will learn about theatre elements and conventions, as well as different genres of theatre, whilst having the chance to gain skills in the technical and production aspects of drama and performance.

What will I learn?

·      Develop confidence and creativity

·      Develop the ability to work effectively in ensembles

·      Develop technical skills in a range of acting styles

·      Explore the creation of drama and theatre for performance

·      Investigate a variety of drama and theatre genres

·      Experience participation in the production of a play

·      View a variety of live theatre productions and develop skills in responding and evaluating

What sorts of things will I do?

·      You will study a theatre form and prepare a short performance for an audience using that theatre style.

·      You will work in a group to devise a short piece of theatre to be performed for an invited audience.

·      You will explore the themes and style of a New Zealand play that is important in the development of New Zealand theatre.

·      You will play an acting role in the production of a play that will be performed for an invited audience.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Key Dates / Milestones
  • AS90006 Assessment Beginning Week of 27 March
Key Dates / Milestones
  • AS90997 Assessment Beginning Week of 17 July
Key Dates / Milestones
  • AS 90009 Assessment Beginning Week of 11 September

Key Dates / Milestones

  • 90998 and 90011 externals

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Assessment: Level 1 Literacy
One 90997 Devise and perform a drama. 6 5 Internal L1
One 90998 Demonstrate understanding of a drama/theatre form. 2 4 External L1
One 90006 Apply drama techniques in a dramatic context.
7 4 Internal L1
One 90011 Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance. 7 4 External L1
One 90009 Perform an acting role in a scripted production. 6 5 Internal L1

Total available credits: 22
  • Because of the group nature of assessments in Drama, there is no opportunity for reassessments.

Please check the actual date of the assessment on the ASHS Assessment Calendar

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  

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