Drama Theatre Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a challenging and varied course where students develop their experience and knowledge of theatre, text and live performance. Students will learn theatre skills from the perspective of Director, Designer and Performer. Elements of theatre history and key practitioners are also studied, developing both theoretical and practical knowledge of theatre practice. There are many opportunities to see live performances and to work practically with others. The annual London trip enhances the course considerably as students work with professional theatre practitioners and performers.

COURSE CONTENT

Component 1: Drama and Theatre (Written exam 3 hours)
In this component students will develop their creative knowledge and understanding of making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. The must demonstrate that they understand theatrical processes and practices. They will also develop their understanding of how conventions, form, texts and techniques are used in drama and live theatre to create meaning. They will also explore how performance texts are informed by their social, cultural and historical contexts and are interpreted and performed for an audience
Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Working Notebook and Devised Performance)
This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process making connections between dramatic theory and practice and apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance. Students must complete two assessment tasks. They must produce an individual Working notebook documenting the devising process and then contribute to a final devised, group performance.
Component 3: Making Theatre (Performance and Reflective Report)
Students must learn how to contribute to text-based drama in a live theatre context for an audience. They must draw on and demonstrate a practical understanding of subject content and develop their ability to interpret texts, create and communicate meaning, realise artistic intention in text-based drama and analyse and evaluate their own work.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

An Advanced Level in Drama and Theatre Studies is recognised as an academic qualification and will therefore lead to any university route. The course develops fluent written skills, self-confidence, independent thinking, teamwork, tact and diplomacy. All are invaluable in whatever field a student may choose post-18. If you are aiming for a career in theatre then this qualification is an excellent starting point. We encourage students to be fully involved in the many extra-curricular opportunities here at Huntington; as performers, directors and technical support. We have built excellent relationships with local theatres, youth groups and universities. Students have benefited from work experience, advice, contacts and support from these links.

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who study this subject will normally achieve A* to C grades at GCSE in a range of subjects including Drama and English Literature. Although GCSE Drama is not absolutely necessary to take this A Level, you do need a pass of B or above at GCSE English.