Drama

Drama

Drama is an exciting and innovative subject which teaches students how to speak publically, work cohesively in groups and learn about the creation and exploration of drama texts. The study of drama focusses on selected problems, issues, or periods. It is a highly practical subject, with lots of opportunities to perform in front of different audiences.
 
At Magna we focus on the three main areas of Drama; Devising, Performing and Analysis. Students get the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of styles, including comedy, theatre in education and serial drama to perform confidently both in front of and with others. 
 
 

What will I learn?

In Years 7 and 8, students complete a course designed to give them the performing skills to complete their Key Stage 4 course. They will be taught to create and perform in different genres of theatre both as a solo performer and in group work.
In Years 9 -11, students who opt to study Drama further study the VCERT Level 2 Certificate for Creative studies in Performance Skills. The course is focussed on the progress you make as a performer, allowing students who haven’t performed before the start of the course to achieve the highest grades as well as those who have. 
 
During the course we complete 3 units – Self- improvement in performance and production design and the core exam unit, Drama Performance. Self- improvement in performance focuses on developing solo performance skills with students evaluating their current skills as a performer, setting targets and then evaluating their progress at the end of the unit. Production design is where the students design and perform in two contrasting performance styles; including technical elements such as costume design and set design.
 
Core exam unit – Drama Performance is worth 33% of the qualification and has a brief given to students by VCERT. They then have 30 hours to plan, rehearse, perform and evaluate a performance that answers the brief. Students work is then sent to RSL for marking. 
 
 

What will I do?

In lessons students will complete a range of different tasks, rehearsing takes up the vast majority of our lesson time. However, other tasks undertaken also include research, watching performances and evaluating them. Setting targets to work towards and learning about other areas of the music profession such as Health and Safety and the importance of concepts such as punctuality, working with others and selecting performance repertoire. 
 
 

What is the expectation of homework?

In Years 7 and 8 we do not set formal homework tasks, however students are welcome to come into the Music department outside of lesson time to practice their work from their lessons or to try something new on the instruments.
 
In Years 9 -11, we set an hour of homework a week. The homework task set depends on the part of the course we are completing but can involve writing evaluations, completing research/notes on a certain subject or rehearsing for a performance.
 

What support and guidance will I be given?

There are many different types of support on offer to students from the drama department; students are offered a lot of personalised support during lessons and also outside of lesson time when they come and practice for assessments. Other support is offered to students through enrichment opportunities, which allow students to develop their instrumental and ensemble skills further. 
 

How will I be assessed?

In years 7-11, students are assessed every 6 weeks, usually during PPE week. The focus of the assessments is always practical, with students having been preparing for their performance in the previous lessons. In years 9-11, your written coursework will also form part of your 6-weekly assessment. All students receive a grade following their assessment and they evaluate their work, setting targets for future progress.
The vast majority of our assessments are videoed so work can be watched back and evaluated for setting targets. In Years 9-11 these videos also form part of your video evidence, which will be sent off to the exam board to form part of your qualification.  
 

What equipment do I need to be successful?

We expect students to wear trousers or leggings during practical drama lessons.
Students will also need access to a USBGB stick for videos of their recordings – this will not be needed until year 10.
 

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

The Drama department offers a wide variety of enrichment opportunities to students, these Drama club and Musical Theatre club and our popular. We also work with other departments such as Music and Dance to put on larger scale performances and give our students opportunities to perform in front of an audience. We are also hoping to put on a Musical in the not too distant future as well.
 
 
 

Level 3 Drama at Magna:
RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Drama Practitioners in Performance 

 

What will I learn?

The Level 3 RSL Subsidiary Diploma for Drama Practitioners provides performing arts industry qualifications that will equip learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding for entry to employment in the performing arts industry or progression to further study at a higher level.
 
The qualifications aim to offer practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines directly relevant to employment within the performing arts industry.
There 2 core units, one of which is externally assessed and one is internally assessed. This makes up 45 credits of the 90 needed for the whole qualification. The rest of the course is made up of optional units, an example course outline is below. 
 
EXTERNALLY ASSESSED UNITS:
 
Unit 306: Planning for a career in the performing arts
The purpose of this unit is to familiarise learners with the processes associated with effective career planning.
The aim of the unit to provide opportunities to align/link their overarching career aims with the opportunities provided within the course, defining the way the learner engages with their learning.
 
Unit 306: Planning for a career in the performing arts
The unit prepares learners for participation as performers in a performance production by developing their understanding of styles and contexts of performance genres, exploring and developing a range of skills and techniques required for auditions/interviews for roles in performance productions and developing their planning and rehearsal skills in collaboration with others.
 
 
Optional Units (could change depending on students instruments and interests)
Unit 320: Vocal Techniques
Unit 310: Approaches to Acting
Unit 311: Audition Techniques
Unit 314: Drama in Community
Unit 313: Contemporary Theatre
 
 

What is the expectation of homework?

Homework is set every week, and takes on various forms depending on the work and unit being completed at the time. Different types of tasks can include – rehearsal for practical work, research and the production of associated written work, evaluation of performance and writing up of notes into a final piece of work.
 

How will I be assessed?

All units are assessed through a combination of Written work, Rehearsal logs, evaluations, rehearsals and final performance.
 

Where will it take me?

The Performing Arts industry is huge in Great Britain, and it provides many potential career paths for students wishing to study it further. University to study performing arts or other associated subjects such as Journalism, Law, Performing Arts or Education is common, whilst there are a number of more specialised colleges offering professional training for Drama performance. 
Potential careers can be very varied, from a Teacher, to a Lawyer, the Radio industry and Arts Administration. It all depends on the career path students wish to follow. It is worth remembering that employers look for subjects such as Music in potential employees as it implies a team player who has the dedication to practice an instrument over a period of time.
 

What other opportunities exist outside of class?

Level 3 students are expected to take part in all performances, performing and supporting in roles such as backstage and stage management. They are also offered the opportunities to experience various ‘real life’ work situations to show them different potential career paths. They are also expected to play a leading role in the Drama department, setting a good example for younger students in terms of performance and preparation. 
 

What equipment do I need to be successful?

At Level 3, it is vital that Students have performance exposure. They will be expected to attend and perform in public performances both in school and in local theatre