Drama Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Matua A. Paora-Quirk

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Drama. In special circumstances, where you have a great attendance record and you can prove good participation in class, you can be accepted without 201 Drama. 

Drama Level 3

Drama at Level 3 is focused on students developing critical analysis skills to interpret meaning from the texts they study. Students will be expected to learn concepts from drama theorists to develop their ideas and devise their work. They will also be expected to show greater perception in their performance work and in their response to theatre that they see. Students who have a career interest in lighting, sound, costume or stage makeup should look at the Theatre Staging and Media course.

Students must have ‘Performance Blacks’ – black t-shirt and pants to be worn for assessment pieces.

Course Overview

Term 1
Study of Theatre Form and Technique.
As students have studied the use of voice, body, movement and space at Level 1 and 2, they will be exposed to new levels of technique.
Using these developed skills, students will examine Shakespearean plays and then choose scenes to perform.

Term 2
Devising Drama.
Students will devise an original solo performance.

Term 3
Putting on a show.
Students will work together, under direction, to prepare a full scripted play for public performance.

Term 4
Term 4 will be an opportunity to catch up on internal assessments.
For those who have chosen to do the external assessment, term 4 is for preparation for the external.

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Film/Television Camera Operator, Journalist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Lighting Technician, Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher, Television Presenter, Actor, Dancer, Model

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students must have ‘Performance Blacks’ – black t-shirt and pants to be worn for assessment pieces.

There may be a trip to see live theatre. We keep the cost down as much as possible.

Assessment Information There are 4 internal assessments for a total of 18 credits. There is the option to do an external assessment for a further 4 credits.
Pathway Tags

Production Manager, Event Co-ordinator, Human Resources, Promoter, Theatre Producer / Assistant, Lighting Technician, Communications, Broadcasting, Media, Teacher, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Cinema Projectionist, Dancer, Director (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Entertainer, Film and Video Editor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Light Technician, Media Producer, Musician, Production Assistant (Film/Television/Radio/Stage), Radio Presenter, Sound Technician, Television Presenter, Primary School Teacher, Private Teacher/Tutor, Tertiary Lecturer, Diversional Therapist


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.