ASHS Coursebook: 3DRA (Level 3 Drama)

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What is this course about?

The Level 3 course develops skills, control and confidence, which are valuable to you in all of your studies and whatever careers you might choose to pursue. This course explores the world of live theatre and acting for the theatre. Along the way, participants will develop skills and confidence in oral presentation as well as the 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. Performances will include improvisations, extracts from plays, devised drama and staging a performance evening for an outside audience in our thatree. Each assessment has a small written component that must be completed to achieve the standard. You will explore the use of movement, voice, scripted drama, techniques, elements, conventions, and different forms of theatre, whilst having the chance to gain skills in the technical and production aspects of drama and performance.

What will I learn?

You will extend your knowledge by exploring further a variety of styles and genres of theatre and performance as well as investigating the theory that underpins them. You will also extend your ability to integrate the various acting techniques in order to convey ideas compellingly through performance.

What sorts of things will I do?

You will devise a drama for performance, prepare a short scripted piece for small group performance, take part in a significant scripted production and study drama theory or scripting or directing in depth.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4




Key Dates / Milestones
  • 91512 Assessment Week beginning 27 March
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 91517 Assessment week beginning 17 July
Key Dates / Milestones
  • 91512 Assessment week beginning 11 September

Key Dates / Milestones

What standards can I enter?

Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Version Number: Credits: Literacy:
Three 91512 Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance.
2 4 (Int) Lit 1, R
Three 91513 Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept.
2 5 (Int) Lit 1
Three 91517 Perform a substantial acting role in a significant performance. 2 5 (Int) Lit 1, R
Three 91514 Interpret a prescribed text to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period. 3 4 (Ext) Lit 1, B
Three 91518 Demonstrate understanding of live drama performance 2 4 (Ext) Lit 1, W

Total available credits: 22
  • Because of the group nature of assessments in Drama, there is no opportunity for reassessments.
  • The code letters under Assessment have the following meanings:
  • N - L1 and UE numeracy
  • L - L1 literacy
  • R - UE reading literacy                    
  • W - UE writing literacy

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

NB. University Entrance can be gained through any combination of 14 credits from this table.

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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Scholarship Drama
Evidence is to be presented as a portfolio of three performances. The first and second are to be supported by an oral introductory analysis, and the third by an oral explanation and justification. 
PART 1 TEXT-BASED PERFORMANCE
An extract/compilation from one of the Prescribed Playwrights for achievement standard 90610 is to be chosen, prepared before the examination, and performed by the candidate. The candidate may choose to perform more than one role.
The performance of the extract/compilation is to be preceded by an oral introductory analysis explaining:
the interpretive choices
performative intentions.
The introductory analysis is to be recorded immediately before the performance. No written prompt may be used.
Total time for the Text-based performance and introductory analysis must not exceed FIVE minutes.
Candidates are to give an annotated script of the extract/compilation to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.
PART 2 SELF-DEVISED PIECE PERFORMED PIECE
The self-devised performed piece must illustrate the influence of one of:
Stanislavsky
Brecht
Artaud.
The performance of the self devised piece is to be preceded by an oral introductory analysis explaining:
creative choices made in the devised work
performative choices
the influence of one of Stanislavsky, Brecht or Artaud on the devised work - not the performance of it
the most important element of the drama illustrated within the devised work.
The introductory analysis is to be recorded immediately before the performance of the self devised piece. No written prompt may be used.
Total time for the self-devised piece and introductory oral analysis must not exceed SIX minutes.
Candidates are to give an annotated script of the self-devised piece to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.
PART 3 IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE
The nationally prescribed task for impromptu performance will be based on either the extract/compilation from a prescribed text performed in Part 1 or the self-devised work performed in Part 2.
The candidate will be given TWO minutes preparation time, during which they may keep the laminated copy of the prescribed task, and are permitted the use of paper and pen.
The impromptu performance must not exceed TWO minutes.
Immediately after the impromptu performance, the candidate will be asked to approach the camera to record a brief justification and explanation of their response to the task.
The justification and explanation must not exceed TWO minutes.

Scholarship opportunities

Scholarship Drama
Evidence is to be presented as a portfolio of three performances. The first and second are to be supported by an oral introductory analysis, and the third by an oral explanation and justification. All are to be recorded on the scheduled examination date under controlled conditions. Documentary evidence and verification of it will support the first two performances.
PART 1 TEXT-BASED PERFORMANCE
An extract/compilation from one of the Prescribed Playwrights for achievement standard 90610 is to be chosen, prepared before the examination, and performed by the candidate. The Prescribed Playwrights are listed below. The candidate may choose to perform more than one role.
The performance of the extract/compilation is to be preceded by an oral introductory analysis explaining:
the interpretive choices
performative intentions.
The introductory analysis is to be recorded immediately before the performance. No written prompt may be used.
Total time for the Text-based performance and introductory analysis must not exceed FIVE minutes.
Candidates are to give an annotated script of the extract/compilation to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.
PART 2 SELF-DEVISED PIECE PERFORMED PIECE
The self-devised performed piece must illustrate the influence of one of:
Stanislavsky
Brecht
Artaud.
The performance of the self devised piece is to be preceded by an oral introductory analysis explaining:
creative choices made in the devised work
performative choices
the influence of one of Stanislavsky, Brecht or Artaud on the devised work - not the performance of it
the most important element of the drama illustrated within the devised work.
The introductory analysis is to be recorded immediately before the performance of the self devised piece. No written prompt may be used.
Total time for the self-devised piece and introductory oral analysis must not exceed SIX minutes.
Candidates are to give an annotated script of the self-devised piece to the Supervisor at the start of the examination.
PART 3 IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCE
The nationally prescribed task for impromptu performance will be based on either the extract/compilation from a prescribed text performed in Part 1 or the self-devised work performed in Part 2.
The impromptu performance must not exceed TWO minutes.
Immediately after the impromptu performance, the candidate will be asked to approach the camera to record a brief justification and explanation of their response to the task.

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