Theatre, Staging and Media Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Matua A. Paora-Quirk

Theatre, Staging and Media Level 1

An interview process at Year 10 for interested students to determine genuine interest in the course as students will be involved in working on productions. Lighting and sound students will be required to undertake the ‘Heights and Safety’ course. Lighting and sound students will be expected to undertake physics from Level 2 in order to develop their understanding of electricity and sound waves. Costume students will be expected to undertake fabric technology.

This course will provide learning in the practical areas of theatre and media. Students will learn skills pertinent to their optioned area of interest and use those skills to design and produce media products, and work on school drama and music productions throughout the year. Students will also have opportunities to work on community productions, in their area of interest.

Note: This is not an acting course.

Course Overview

Term 1
This term will be an extensive introduction to the student's chosen disciplines.
It will also be an introduction to Media studies and understanding film.

Term 2
Media Production.

Term 3
Pathway skill development and presentation.

Term 4
Final Cut: completion of all projects.

Recommended Prior Learning

Some self initiated learning in the student's area of interest will be examined during the interview process.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Makeup kit for those interested in makeup.
A suitable device to work on at school. For lighting and sound students, they will at some point, at least at Level 2, need to invest in a laptop that is capable of using some complex software.
Access to a sewing machine for costume students.

Assessment Information

Students in this course will all undertake 2 Media assessments for a total of 9 credits.
They will all also undertake 1 drama production assessment for 3 credits.
The rest of their assessments will be in their chosen pathway.
Those choosing Lighting and Sound will do 2 more drama assessments for a total of 8 credits.
Those choosing Costuming will do 1 more drama assessment for 4 credits.
Those choosing Makeup will do 1 more drama assessment for 4 credits.
This means that depending on the student's pathway they will be offered between 16 and 20 credits.
No external assessment.


Learning the technical aspects of theatre opens up opportunities in theatre and film in areas of lighting, sound, costume, makeup, staging, set design, camera operation, event management, SFX, clothing design, video and web production.


Courses outlined will only be available if sufficient students wish to take them AND appropriate staff are available to teach them. Courses that do not run may be offered through distance learning and be supported by the Distance Learning Department.