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Drama and Theatre Studies GCE AS/A Level at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

An exciting, dynamic and demanding course, covering a broad range of theatre styles and techniques.

Over the course of your two years with us, you will take part in both scripted and devised performances in a range of styles and genres, keeping a detailed log book of your journey to performance. You will also study at least three fantastic plays in-depth and go to see lots of live theatre which you will analyse and write about.

The course requires both individual research and drive and a keen understanding of the importance of group work and effective communication to work towards a common performance goal.

Course content

Whilst studying AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies you will explore and experiment with how drama and theatre is made and presented to an audience.

 

Over the two years of study you will be required to work as either a director, performer and/or designer. In each role you will be required to interpret play texts for performance, study influential theatre practitioners, devise your own work and review theatre productions.

 

The course is jam-packed and great fun - you will work hard and play hard. You need to be organised and committed and aware that we go on evening trips to the theatre and rehearse some evenings and weekends near to production.

Entry requirements

You will need an average GCSE profile of 5.0 points for this course including GCSE English at grade 5 and Drama at grade C (provided your school offered this subject).

Assessment

AS

Unit 1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play 40%: Written exam

  • Section A: You will be asked to evaluate a 'live' production you have seen.
  • Section B: Answering from the viewpoint of either a director, performer or designer, you will be asked to respond to a question about the play you have studied.

Unit 2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play 60%: Practical performance

In groups you will rehearse and perform an extract of a play for an audience. You can be assessed as either a director, performer or designer. Your work should indicate which theatre practitioner has influenced your rehearsal process and final performance style.

 

You will be assessed:

  • in rehearsal
  • in performance
  • through your supporting notes
 

A2

Unit 3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century 40%: Written exam

  • Section A: Answering from the viewpoint of either a director, performer or designer, you will be asked to respond to a question about the play you have studied.
  • Section B: Answering from the perspective of a director who is working with designers and actors, this question asks you to offer suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a short extract from the play you have studied

Unit 4 – Presentation of Devised Drama 60%: Practical performance

In groups you will create a piece of devised theatre, performed in a specific theatrical style and genre.

 

You will be assessed:

  • in rehearsal
  • in performance
  • through your supporting notes

Financial information

Resources, trips etc. £80.

Future opportunities

This depends on the combination chosen, but the subject is clearly very important for entry to degree courses in drama, theatre studies or performing arts, and is extremely useful to those who might wish to go to art school and specialise in designing for theatrical performance. The course can be very beneficial for those thinking of law or social science at university.

The course will give you a strong advantage if you aim to progress to drama school to study for a degree in acting.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on admissionsqueries@rutc.ac.uk or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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