NCEA Level 1 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms V. Gowdy

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferable students took this subject in Year 10, and must have teacher recommendation.

The Year 11 course enhances individual confidence, communication and organisational skills, time management and people management skills, through exploring aspects of drama including:

  • The study of devised drama in a Taupō context, New Zealand theatre form and the practical application of the Victorian melodrama theatre form
  • The study and application of dramatic techniques, elements and conventions
  • Public performance in the Year 11 assessment evening
  • Drama Camp (prior to the public performance)

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student, or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Final week - performance assessment for AS90997 - Devise and perform a drama (5 credits)

Term 2
Week 1 - (optional week for assessing AS90997)

The rest of the term will be spent RESEARCHING and PREPARING for:
* AS90009 - Perform a role in a scripted production (5 credits) ... Public performance of an extract from a NZ play
* AS91000 - Demonstrate understanding of a significant play (4 credits) ... PowerPoint presentation demonstrating understanding of the play they will be performing in next term (assessed at the end of term 2 or following the performance in term 3)

Term 3
First weekend of Term 3 - Friday night, Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm = DRAMA CAMP
Week 2 - Monday night - assess the public performance assessment for AS90009 - Perform a role in a scripted production (5 credits)

Week 8/10 - performance assessment of AS90999 - Use features of a drama/theatre form in performance (4 credits) .... MELODRAMA

Final week of term - Derived grade week (2 externals - 1.3 & 1.7)

Term 4
Preparation for externals:
* 1.3 - AS90998 - Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form (4 credits)
* 1.7 - AS90011 - Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance (4 credits)



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Drama

Among many other things, students will learn to PERFORM under PRESSURE, work IN A GROUP to achieve practical goals and SUPPORT OTHERS in the group to achieve at the same time.
Students learn to OBSERVE and ANALYZE people and the world around them in order to learn from their stories.
Drama creation operates in the HIGHER THINKING ORDER SKILL LEVELS (Blooms Taxonomy) and students are required to learn CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING and TIME MANAGEMENT skills in every lesson

Career Pathways

Sales Representative, Actor, Office Administrator, Receptionist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Registered Nurse, Air Force Officer, Paramedic, Animal Care Attendant, Police Officer, Army Officer, Historian, Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Auctioneer, Sound Technician, Author, Bank Worker, Hotel/Motel Manager, Cafe Worker, Building and Construction Manager, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Flight Attendant, Waiter/Waitress, Film/Television Camera Operator, Counsellor, Carpet Cleaner, Midwife, Farm Assistant, Retail Sales Assistant, Ship's Officer, Elected Government Representative, Psychologist, Trainer, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Journalist, Communications Professional, Community Karitāne, Community Development Worker, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Hotel Porter, Event Manager, Conservator, Dairy Farmer, Storeperson, Editor, Solicitor, Judge, Crop Farmer/Manager, Curator, Customs Officer, Foreign Policy Officer, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Workplace Relations Adviser, Sports Coach/Official, General Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Dog Trainer, Personal Assistant, Human Resources Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Florist, Service Station Attendant, Forest Manager, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Lighting Technician, Health and Safety Inspector, Agricultural/Horticultural Field Representative, Hairdresser/Barber, Health Services Manager, Health Care Assistant, Immigration Officer, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Librarian, Translator, Market Research Analyst, Ship's Master, Mortgage Broker, Navy Officer, Office Manager, Photographer, Policy Analyst, Private Teacher/Tutor, Production Manager, Recreation Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Real Estate Agent, Recruitment Consultant, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Telemarketer, Television Presenter, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Valuer, Intelligence Officer, Management Consultant, Network Administrator, Court Registry Officer, Marketing Specialist, Psychotherapist, Case Manager, Career Consultant, Orchard Farmer/Manager, Support Worker, Dairy Farm Manager, Facilities Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended students pay $25, which covers the cost of play rights, scripts, photos and videos.
Students will attend all visiting professional performances as well as travel to one public performance at a theatre. Some extra cost may be involved for travel.
Some obligatory rehearsal time will need to take place outside of school hours (for standard 90009) in the fortnight leading up to public performance.
1B5 exercise book.
A laptop or similar device is recommended.

Pathway Tags

Production Manager, Event Co-ordinator, Human Resources, Promoter, Theatre Producer / Assistant, Lighting Technician, Communications, Broadcasting, Media, Teacher, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Cinema Projectionist, Dancer, Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Entertainer, Film and Video Editor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Light Technician, Media Producer, Musician, Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Radio Presenter, Sound Technician, Television Presenter, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher/Tutor, Tertiary Lecturer, Diversional Therapist

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Credits listed may change.