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Drama AS Level at John Masefield High School

Course description

This course has been designed to engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects 21st-century theatre practice. It is a highly enjoyable course in which you will develop your understanding of theatre from both a performance and design perspective. As well as practical assessment you will complete written work to assess your knowledge, understanding and application.

Course content

Exploration and Performance

Students study a range of influential theatre makers’ theories before selecting one to apply to a practical interpretation of a script, performing one key extract. This is accompanied by a monologue or duologue chosen from a second play text. A supporting portfolio is written to demonstrate a full understanding of stagecraft, technique and analysis throughout the rehearsal process.
Theatre Makers in Practice
Students will study another script in detail, designing their own directorial concept as they examine the playwright’s intentions and the social historical context of the play. They will also see a range of live theatre and evaluate both the performance and design elements of the productions they see.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you will have studied Drama or another Performing Art at GCSE
level. However, exceptions can be made on the condition that you have experience of performing to an audience and have a good grade in English. You must be able to communicate clearly and effectively on paper as well as verbally.

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent choice for students wishing to pursue careers in the theatre, law, politics, arts therapy, journalism, creative arts, teaching, marketing, advertising, events management or arts administration. Recent drama students have gone on to study for degrees in: Law, English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Dance, Event Management, Performing Arts, Art Therapy, Music and Recording, Drama, Maths, Teaching, Business and Accountancy, Medieval History, Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Masefield High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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