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drama and performing arts: acting

Drama focuses on solidifying core performance and devising skills, using a knowledge of everything from Greek to contemporary theatre students explore a range of practitioners, plays and performance styles. Students participate in devising new works inspired by a set stimulus and learn to apply their practical and theoretical knowledge to justify their decisions. The subject culminates in a written exam that covers both Drama theory, live performance analysis and their own understanding of Drama practice. 

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what is
drama?

The study of theatre, performance and creation. Drama focuses on answering the question, "What is it to be human?"  Drama is amongst the oldest art forms, used to speak to vast audiences, deliver tales of comedy and tragedy and allow the audience to experience catharsis. Drama develops performance and collaboration skills, self confidence, and provides students an oppurtunity to develop across many areas including acting, directing and designing.

 
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Specification: Edexcel GCSE Drama (2016)

Specification Link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/drama-2016.html

Year/Course Code: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Drama (1DR0)

GSCE Drama provides students with performance, collaboration, analytical and evaluative skills they can apply throughout their lives. Students are able to learn performance skills, focusing on voice, movement, character, script work and devising technique. The course allows students to build confidence in performance and theory related to theatre performance. The specification focuses on practical delivery of skills and text, with the course designed to practically deliver the prescribed texts to students. A free choice of performance texts (guided by the classroom teacher) allows students to experience a wide range of globally texts. Additionally, students are able to select a design element to their selected text and devising performances.

Students will watch, analyse and evaluate a range of live performances, where the course takes advantage of the school's proximity to the world class West End theatre district. Students will learn to appreciate the skills and techniques required for live performance and analyse and evaluate these in the final exam.Course Units and Description (20 words min. for each unit)Component 1: Devising allows students to devise original performance work based on a selected stimulus.

Additionally, students write a logbook and final evaluation of their devising and performance processes. There is also a design pathway available to students who wish to create original costumes, lighting or sound to compliment a group's original performance. Component 2: Performance from Text, students will perform two extracts from a selected text for an external examiner.

There is also a design pathway available to students for both selected extracts. Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Exam. Students will study one selected play text (contrasting from Component 2 text) to respond to in a written exam covering performance technique, design and direction. Students will also view a live performance and respond to written questions examining the design, direction and performance of the selected production.


Our artist in residence supports the GCSE program with specialist skills and workshops. External performers and industry professionals run workshops and classes on a regular basis, teaching their selected practitioner specialism and extended the core learning taught in class. Recent graduates have gone on to study at RADA, Chichester University, Urdang, Mountview, Guildhall, Rose Burford, Stella Mann and many others. We frequently have alumni return to us to run specialist workshops and teach the next generation of EUTC performers!

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key stage 5:
drama

Edexcel A level Drama and Theatre (2016)

Course link: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/drama-and-theatre-2016.html

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre: 9DR0

QAN: 601/8302/0

A Level Drama allows students to study practitioners and the theory that is embedded behind creating drama. Students will develop an understanding on different styles of theatre both through practical workshops and theory lessons.

The theory that is learnt throughout the course enables students to develop their skills in analysing theatre, direct theatre and make creative choices within set, sound and lighting.

Students will also have the opportunity to watch live theatre, making the most of our close proximity to the West End. This course will develop students practical skills both in creating original drama and working with scripts. It will also ensure that students are ready to move onto university or into the professional industry.

"Component 1 - Devising - This gives students the opportunity to create an original performance that is based on a studied practitioner and a given stimulus. This is completed in groups and is supported by a portfolio. The portfolio allows for reflection on the devising process and how each student has contributed to the performance as a whole.

Component 2 - Text in Performance - This component allows students to rehearse and perform one key extract in a group from one chosen text. The other performance is either a monologue or duologue of a different text. This is assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice - Written Exam - Section A is a Live theatre evaluation. Section B is the study of a complete performance text with questions focusing on how the text can be realised for performance. This is potentially as a performer, director, set, lighting or sound design.

Section C is the study of a different performance text that focuses on a practitioner and how this can be realised for a contemporary audience.

Our artist in residence supports our A Level students both practically and in theory lessons. Professional development at Elstree UTC means that we have specialist staff, in this case our Artist in Residence, to focus on the core vocational skills of acting, performance and musical skills from an industry standard point of view. This, gives interested students access to training beyond the remit of statutory education at this level and forwards skills more in line with drama school or industry practice. This role was created also as a bridge to the practical industry with outstanding contacts and opportunities for those who want a closer look at life in the arts.

 

 
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key stage 5:
acting

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Creative and Performing Arts: Acting

Course Link: https://www.rslawards.com/vocational/creative-performing-arts/

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Creative and Performing Arts: Acting

QAN - 601/7682/9

The RSL course has vocational relevance which ensures that students gain valuable industry relevant skills, rather than a wholly academic focus. Students cover Audition Technique, Acting Styles and core practitioners, Acting for the Camera, Vocal Techniques and Performing with Masks and Puppets. The variation in courses and skills covered allows students to develop and apply industry relevant skills over their two years of study. Additionally, students will attend live performances, taking advantage of the close proximity to London's West End, and attend workshops with industry professionals.

Acting for Camera: Learn to perform with a clear awareness of the camera, adjusting performance styles to suit recorded media. Additionally, practice in precise recreation of performances which are required for camera acting is developed, preparing students for all aspects of the industry. Approaches to Acting: Learn the techniques and skills required to implement the four major acting styles of the 20th century, which are core to the theatre industry. Vocal Techniques: Covering the major aspects of voice for live and recorded performance, including performing and recording radio dramas. Audition Techniques: Prepare for auditions, selecting appropriate monologues and practice cold reading of scripts. Working with Masks or Puppets: Learning the ancient art of masks and puppets and how these are used in modern theatre. Understand how masks and puppets are used as an extension of the actor.

Workshops with industry professionals and our artist in residence to develop skills, accessing the West End to gain first hand knowledge of different performance styles and practitioners. Alumni have gone on to Performing Arts and Drama universities and colleges.

 

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industry links

Preparation for Performing Arts colleges and company auditions. Industry actors often visit for workshops and epics, allowing students to developed industry standard skills and knowledge.

Our artist in residence supports the GCSE program with specialist skills and workshops. External performers and industry professionals run workshops and classes on a regular basis, teaching their selected practitioner specialism and extended the core learning taught in class. Recent graduates have gone on to study at RADA, Chichester University, Urdang, Mountview, Guildhall, Rose Burford, Stella Mann and many others. We frequently have alumni return to us to run specialist workshops and teach the next generation of EUTC performers!

 
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