NCEA Level 3 Drama

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

This course is the first chance for students to delve into the great 20th Century Playwrights and discuss the development of modern Drama. The course concentrates on the artistic hubs of Europe and America looking at the revered works of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Arthur Miller. The students will devise and structure performance that evoke discussion and empathy from an audience. Learning to combine technologies (costume, set, sound, stage makeup) and techniques to craft performances which are impacting.

Course Overview

Term 1
Students will study Absurdist Theatre, with a focus on the plays of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. They will apply features of the theatre form for solo performances. This is a individual grade.

Term 2
Students will prepare and perform a well known play for a public audience. This is an individual grade.

Term 3
Students will work in groups to devise a performance based on the works of Arthur Miller discussing the concept of the American Dream . Students will use technologies to enhance their chosen theme. This is a individual grade.

Term 4
Students will prepare for the external examination.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$15 for live theatre viewing required for the external examination

Recommended Prior Learning

Must have at least an Merit in AS91216 and at least 4 external credits in Level 2 or at the discretion of the HOD approval.A high level of fluency in English is advisable.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91513 v2 Drama 3.2 - Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept
A.S. 91514 v4 Drama 3.3 - Interpret a text from a prescribed playwright to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period
4r,4w *
A.S. 91515 v2 Drama 3.4 - Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period
4r *
A.S. 91517 v2 Drama 3.6 - Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production
5r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.

Pathway Tags

This course is set up to encourage students to take part in the Scholarship Drama Exam. Performance work completed in this course will also be suitable for audition pieces for Toi Whakaakri NASDA The Actors Programme, WOOPA, NIDA . The work skills developed in this course will help to prepare students for further study or employment.