Drama gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and express yourself in a creative and practical way. It helps you to develop important skills such as problem solving, communication, planning and creative thinking. It is particularly suitable for those who love being creative, getting their ideas across in a dramatic way and communicating their ideas with others.
The skills that you develop in Drama are useful in many different careers, including: communications and media, theatre, film, TV, radio, costume design, production, writing and teaching.
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This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained:
The course consists of two areas of study.
A minimum of two theatre professionals should be studied, with each area exploring a different professional.
The course assessment consists of three components totalling 100 marks:
Project component – You will choose an aspect of drama that interests you and carry out independent research. You should demonstrate your understanding of influential theatre practitioners and their impact on professional theatre practice, and performance theories, processes and practices within the context of their identified performance issue. The dissertation should be between 2500 and 3000 words.
Assignment component – You will analyse a professional theatrical production and the work of at least one theatre practitioner (actor, director, and/or designer) involved in the production. This could be of a live, live streamed, recorded live theatrical or historical performance - the chosen performance must be a play. The assignment has two stages: research and production of evidence.
Performance component – You will have three options to choose from, of either acting, directing or design.
The project and assignment components will be externally assessed and marked by SQA.
The performance component will be marked by an SQA visiting assessor.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
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