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  • 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.


    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




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




    Credit 4         A/M/E


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


    Credit 4        A/M/E


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




    Credits 6        A/M/E



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


    Credit 4         A/M/E


    Demonstrate and apply knowledge of stage lighting design and process.



    Credit 4        A/M/E


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



    Credits 6       A/M/E

    Stage craft & set design





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


    Credit 3        A





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



    Credit 4       A/M/E


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



    Credit 3        A


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


    Credit 6      A/M/E



    Demonstrate knowledge of costuming for a performance context



    Credit 3       A/M/E


    Research and design a costume for a specified performance context



    Credit 4       A/M/E


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



    Credit 6       A/M/E



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



    Credit 4           A/M/E


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



    Credit 3        A/M/E


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



    Credit 6         A/M/E



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


    Credit 2       A


    Take responsibility for a production area in a performance


    Credit 4        A/M/E


    Stage-manage a production



     Credit 6        A/M/E


    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. 


    Key Competencies / Life Skills:

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



    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.



    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).


    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. 


    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



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