Drama

Welcome to the Drama Department

Courses offered:

Advanced Higher
Higher
National 5
National 5 Creative Industries
BGE

Description of each course:

Advanced Higher

This Course encourages learners to be inspired and challenged through a range of learning experiences, which will develop important skills that focus on the creative exploration of the art of theatre, its forms and its practices — as well as practical aspects of theatre. It also provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for learning, life and work.

The Advanced Higher Drama Course allows learners to explore both the practical and analytical aspects of the subject. It provides opportunities for learners to develop skills through practical aspects of theatre, the creative exploration of the art of theatre and its forms and practices. The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • develop autonomy and independent thinking skills
  • develop skills in performing within their chosen area of acting, directing or design
  • develop individual creativity when applying skills in problem solving, analysis and evaluation
  • analyse current theatre performance
  • develop analytical skills in the interpretation of texts
  • develop knowledge and understanding of theatre practice and key practitioners
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural influences on drama

The Course is externally assessed through a Dissertation project and Practical Performance exam. Students must also pass all unit tests.

Higher

Higher Drama provides opportunities for learners to develop skills creating and presenting drama. This Course focuses on the development and use of complex drama skills and production skills to present drama. This Course is practical and experiential.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

generate and communicate thoughts and ideas when creating drama develop knowledge and understanding of the complex social and cultural influences on drama develop complex skills in presenting drama develop knowledge and understanding of complex production skills when presenting drama explore form, structure, genre and style

As learners develop practical skills creating and presenting drama, they will also develop knowledge and understanding of the cultural and social influences on drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they investigate and develop complex drama skills.

National 5

The National 5 Drama Course is designed to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills in creating and presenting drama. This Course focuses on the development of drama skills and on using production skills to present drama.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • generate and communicate thoughts and ideas when creating drama
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of social and cultural influences on drama
  • develop a range of skills when presenting drama
  • develop knowledge, understanding and the use of a range of production skills when presenting drama
  • explore form, structure, genre and style

As learners develop practical skills creating and presenting drama, they will also develop knowledge and understanding of cultural and social influences on drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate how the use of self-expression, language and movement can develop their ideas for drama. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they investigate, develop and apply a range of drama skills.

National 5 Creative Industries

This Course provides an introduction to the creative industries in the UK with a focus on experiential learning.

Pupils will investigate a range of sectors and career opportunities in the creative industries before selecting a sector and job role of personal interest on which to focus. Pupils will have the opportunity to practise and develop specific practical skills, learn the key stages of a creative process and work as part of a team to plan and implement a creative project.

A key focus of the Course is to provide pupils with the opportunity to work with others to plan, develop, implement and evaluate a creative project in response to a given brief.

This Course is ideally suited to a wide range of creative contexts, e.g.:

  • musical show
  • art exhibition/display
  • production of school year book
  • production of music CD
  • drama production
  • animated short film
  • website or blog
  • fashion show
  • community project

The Course places emphasis on developing creativity as well as the employability skills and attitudes valued by employers which will help to prepare candidates for the workplace.

Pupils will review their employability skills and seek feedback from peers and assessors as appropriate. Pupils will evaluate their own strengths and areas for improvement while reviewing skills, qualifications and experience against selected job roles.

Pupils will be given a brief that clearly outlines the creative task they are to undertake to complete this course.

BGE

We aim to cover all aspects of the creating, presenting and evaluating process outlined in the CfE experiences and outcomes. Pupils will work towards Levels 3 and 4. By S3 pupils will have had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of types of theatre and styles of drama.

Learners will develop practical skills in creating and presenting drama. Learners will use basic analysing and evaluating skills to express their opinions, reflecting on their own work and that of others. Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they explore, develop and use drama skills.

Staff Members

Mr C. Gilmour – Faculty Head English and Drama
Ms E. Taylor
Mrs L. Eckles

Further information on each course can be accessed by clicking the relevant link below

National 5
National 5 Creative Industries
Higher
Advanced Higher