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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

Students will:

  • create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
  • develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts
  • learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice
  • experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: WRITTEN EXAM, 3 HOURS Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others.
  • SECTION A: SET TEXT The focus of the questions is interpretation of specific aspects of the play adopting the perspective of a performer, designer or director as appropriate to the question.
  • SECTION B: SET TEXT, GIVEN EXTRACT The focus of the questions is how the extract might be interpreted in performance to create meaning for an audience.
  • SECTION C: LIVE PRODUCTION RESPONSE Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of how theatre makers collaborate to create theatre, communicating meaning to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

A Level

  • UNIT 2: CREATING ORIGINAL DRAMA 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.
  • UNIT 3: MAKING THEATRE This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse and evaluate their own work.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and English Literature - Grade C or above. Drama - Grade C or a demonstrable interest in Performing Arts.

Assessment

Unit 1: written exam; 40% of A level

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama 30% of A level

Unit 3: Making Theatre 30% of A level

Future opportunities

Many Drama students choose the subject to help pursue a future career in the performing arts.

The subject has significant transferable skills, especially in communication, that would be welcomed in a wide range of jobs such as sales and marketing, public relations and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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