Topic outline

  • Drama Department

    Theatre/Event Technologies - new Level 1 subject for 2020

    If sufficient students enrol (ideally around 20), this full year option will be available at Level 1 in 2020. It will be delivered by Co-HOD Drama, Mr Chris Burton. Again, if there is sufficient interest, it will extend each year up to Level 3, by 2022.


    Process

    During Terms 1 and 2, students will receive instruction on Safe working practices followed by basic introductions to the equipment involved, purpose and safe operation of the following:

    1. Lighting

    2. Sound

    3. Stage craft and set design

    4. Makeup


    Terms 3 and 4

    Students select two of the offered Technologies, and complete internally assessed Unit Standards in each. These offer 3 or 4 credits.

    There is no external written examination.


    Unit Standards

    We will be offering a selection from these available Standards:

    Performing Arts Technology Standard Matrix                                               

     

    Level 1

    Level 2

    Level3

    Sound

    26687

    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound technology for a performance context.

     

     

     

    Credit 4         A/M/E

    27703

    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound for a performance context using control and enhancement processes.

     

    Credit 4        A/M/E

    28007

    Select and apply a range of processes to enhance sound in a performance context.

     

     

     

    Credits 6        A/M/E

    Lighting

    26686

    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of simple stage lighting for a performance context.

     

    Credit 4         A/M/E

    27700

    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of stage lighting design and process.

     

     

    Credit 4        A/M/E

    28003

    Research, develop and apply a stage lighting design concept for a given work

     

     

    Credits 6       A/M/E

    Stage craft & set design

     

     

     

    26690

    Construct item(s) to meet production needs for a performance context from a given brief.

     

    Credit 3        A

     

     

     

    27704

    Design and construct item(s) to meet production needs for a performance context.

     

     

    Credit 4       A/M/E

    28008

    Apply set construction skills to meet a set design concept for a given work

     

     

    Credit 3        A

    28006

    Research, develop and visually communicate a set design concept for a given work

     

    Credit 6      A/M/E

    Costume

    26689

    Demonstrate knowledge of costuming for a performance context

     

     

    Credit 3       A/M/E

    27699

    Research and design a costume for a specified performance context

     

     

    Credit 4       A/M/E

    28002

    Research, develop and visually communicate a costume design concept for a given work

     

     

    Credit 6       A/M/E

    Makeup

    26688

    Demonstrate knowledge and techniques of make-up application for a performance context

     

     

    Credit 4           A/M/E

    27701

    Demonstrate knowledge and skills of make up design and application for a specified character

     

     

    Credit 3        A/M/E

    28004

    Research, develop, visually communicate and apply a make-up design concept for a given work

     

     

    Credit 6         A/M/E

    Production

    26691

    Assist in a performing arts production by undertaking a specified production role

     

    Credit 2       A

    27702

    Take responsibility for a production area in a performance

     

    Credit 4        A/M/E

    28005

    Stage-manage a production

     

     

     Credit 6        A/M/E



    WHAT IS DRAMA?

    Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds. Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings. 

    As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space. As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values. 

    By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whanau, and communities. 

    WHY DRAMA?

    Key Competencies / Life Skills:

    • Managing self
    • Independent learning
    • Self-confidence
    • Thinking
    • Developing creativity
    • Observational and analytical skills
    • Performance
    • Technology
    • Leadership opportunities

    DRAMA AT PNBHS:

    Academic:

    In Year 9, Drama is a compulsory one or two-term course.

    In Years 10-13, Drama is available as a full year option. 

    With the HOD's permission, students can join drama at any level. In recent years, students have successfully entered Drama at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

    Co-curricular

    CAREERS:

    With it's focus on human behaviour and relationships, Drama offers key skills to students considering careers in many fields, especially:

    • Human Relations
    • Management
    • Law
    • Education
    • Journalism 
    • Media
    • Event Management
    • Performing Arts 
    • Performing Arts Technology - huge career growth area (we have had 3 recent Drama students qualified and working/training in technology and two in acting).

    EXPECTATIONS:

    Drama is NOT a soft option. We have high expectations of students' behaviour and achievement. Often high student-centred, Drama teaches students to be self-organised, focused, productive and cooperative team members and to take full personal responsibility for their learning. 

    REQUIREMENTS:

    A strong academic record is not necessary, we can teach appropriate skills, but we do require a:

    •  Positive attitude
    • Good word ethic
    • Willingness to get fully involved


    PATHWAYS:


    PHOTOS:

    Guys and Dolls opening number

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