13 Drama

13DRA
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Druitt

Recommended Prior Learning

12 Drama or HOD approval by interview.


This course prepares students for NCEA Level 3. Students will:

  • Develop their knowledge of acting technique by selecting and preparing a performance from one of two critically acclaimed NZ or international plays
  • Take on a role in a major production to a public audience
  • Research and analyse the social, historical and political world of several playwrights
  • Compare the works of different playwrights and theorists
  • Research, write and devise their own piece of drama in response to a person, event or topic
  • Sit a written external examination in which students demonstrate their understanding of drama within live performances they have seen

The Year 13 production requires considerable work outside of class time from students. They should be prepared to commit to a weekend for a rehearsal and 3 evenings for performance. The dates of these out-of-class rehearsals will be provided at the start of the year.

Students will be offered the opportunity to attend a range of performances in preparation for writing critical responses required in their external examination. Students maintain an ongoing digital folder of written work in order to prepare for this examination and keep reflective records of their work. 


Learning Areas:

The Arts


Assessment Policy & Procedures
Career Pathways

Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Secondary School Teacher

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Approximately $55 for optional theatre trips.

Description Type Value
Theatre Viewing Voluntary $55.00
$55.00

Pathway Tags

University and Performing Arts Courses, National School of Dance and Drama, Toi Whakaari (BA and Diploma in Stage Technology), Auckland and Victoria University drama degrees, Unitec Stage, Screen Arts or Theatre Technology degrees, AUT Bachelor of Communication Studies


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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.