Courses - Faculty of Arts


Drama

Stage I

DRAMA 100
15 Points

DRAMA 100G
15 Points

Presentation and Performance Skills: Taking the Stage

Focuses on enhancing oral communication and performance skills through interactive workshops with speakers and performers highlighting the transferable skills of acting in three main areas: public speaking, improvising and group-devised performance.

Stage II

DRAMA 202A
15 Points

DRAMA 202B
30 Points

History and Performance

Explores a range of major plays from ancient Greek tragedy to contemporary New Zealand drama. This course examines plays in their historical context and as texts for performance. In Semester Two, students learn skills in theatre production by staging a full-length play, directed by an outside professional director.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed and approval by the Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: DRAMA 204

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 202 A and B

DRAMA 203
15 Points

New Zealand and Pacific Drama

An overview of the development of modern and contemporary drama, theatre and playwriting in New Zealand. Topics include: experimental theatre, feminist drama and Māori drama. Some plays by Pacific writers will be considered.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: DRAMA 303

DRAMA 205
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Stage III

DRAMA 301
15 Points

Drama: Topics and Themes

Building on the principles and practical skills from DRAMA 202 and 204, the course will focus more narrowly on topics of theatrical practice and dramatic representation. Classes involve theatrical workshops and collaborative projects.

Prerequisite: DRAMA 202 or 204 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

DRAMA 302
15 Points

Performance Skills

Classes in stage acting, improvisation, movement, voice and character, taught by professional tutors. Students will present a solo or duo short performance.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II and approval of Academic Head or nominee

Restriction: DRAMA 719

DRAMA 303
15 Points

New Zealand and Pacific Drama

An overview of the development of modern and contemporary drama, theatre and playwriting in New Zealand. Topics include: experimental theatre, feminist drama and Māori drama. Some plays by Pacific writers will be considered.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: DRAMA 203

DRAMA 304
15 Points

Contemporary Theatre Practice

A survey of current trends in theatre practice, including: devised and dance-theatre, participatory and immersive theatre, autobiographical performance, applied theatre and documentary theatre, intermedial and virtual theatre, and new musical theatre. Students will select focus areas and engage in critical and creative research towards two key performance outcomes.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II and approval of Academic Head or nominee

DRAMA 305
15 Points

Special Topic: Drama Tools

Develops the skills that are essential in theatre-making, including acting and storytelling, by staging a public performance. During the intensive three-week rehearsal period, under the guidance of an experienced director, students work in a collaborative fashion through ongoing group discussion and theatrical practice. Other transferable skills include effective communication, team-work and problem solving in an active and creative manner.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II and approval of the Academic Head or nominee

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

DRAMA 701
30 Points

Theories of Drama

Addresses theatre and drama's nature and origins. Introduces semiotic analysis. Considers issues such as actor, text, author, audience, space, time, social context and occasion, performance, ritual, theatricality, gender, genre, types of dramas (seasonal, everyday) and specific theatres (Renaissance, Restoration). The ideas and work of a range of modern theorists will be taught.

DRAMA 705
30 Points

Production and Arts Management Skills

Addresses the multiple roles and skills needed for the management of productions, companies and other presentations and organisations in the live performing arts, specifically drama, but also dance, music and other performance art. Skills discussed include schedules and budgets, procuring and managing resources, arts organisation infrastructure and liaison, donor and benefactor development, social marketing and networking, crowdfunding and outcome reporting.

DRAMA 708
30 Points

Drama and the Mind

Examines a selection of modern British and Irish dramatic texts that involve mind-body relationships and the representation of unconscious processes. Perspectives include Freudian psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and theories of acting.

DRAMA 709
45 Points

DRAMA 709A
22.5 Points

DRAMA 709B
22.5 Points

Studio

A practical, explorative theatre or drama project, with written reflection, nominated by the student or a small group of students. Projects must be approved and supervised.

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 709 A and B, or DRAMA 709

DRAMA 710
30 Points

Semester One Production

Students participate in a full-scale, public production of a full-length play. As far as possible all roles from acting to lighting to design to stage-management to front of house etc will be taken by students enrolled in the course. Direction will be by teaching staff or guest director.

Restriction: DRAMA 703

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 710 A and B, or DRAMA 710

DRAMA 711
30 Points

Semester Two Production

Students participate in a full-scale public production of a full-length play. As far as possible all roles from acting to lighting to design to stage-management to front of house etc will be taken by students enrolled in the course. Direction will be by teaching staff or guest director.

Restriction: DRAMA 703

DRAMA 712
15 Points

Directing Exercises

A number of established texts that present different challenges will be studied and students will carry out practical exercises on these texts in workshop style classes.

Restriction: DRAMA 704

DRAMA 713
30 Points

Directing Project

Each student will carry out a project in directing either a short play or an excerpt from a play. No project will be longer than half an hour.

Restriction: DRAMA 704

DRAMA 716
15 Points

Directed Study in Playwriting

A study of playwriting or workshopping or dramaturgy or a short writing project, either original or adaptation.

DRAMA 717A
30 Points

DRAMA 717B
30 Points

Long Play

The writing of a complete play for live performance between one hour and two hours in length.

Restriction: DRAMA 715

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 717 A and B

DRAMA 718
30 Points

Playwriting

A series of exercises in the basic building blocks of dramatic writing, incorporating guest visits from practising and established dramatists.

Restriction: DRAMA 714

DRAMA 719
15 Points

Performance Skills

Classes in stage acting, improvisation, movement, voice and character. Students will present a solo performance and a short study in performance training theory.

Restriction: DRAMA 302, 702

DRAMA 720
30 Points

DRAMA 720A
15 Points

DRAMA 720B
15 Points

Advanced Playwriting

Develops skills in playwriting with each student working under supervision.

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 720 A and B, or DRAMA 720

DRAMA 721
15 Points

Directed Study in Drama 1

DRAMA 722
15 Points

Directed Study in Drama 2

DRAMA 723
30 Points

DRAMA 723A
15 Points

DRAMA 723B
15 Points

Special Topic: Shakespeare in Production

Students who have been involved in acting or production in the most recent Summer Shakespeare production will engage in further research, building on their experience, into the critical and/or performance history of a Shakespearean drama.

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 723 A and B, or DRAMA 723

DRAMA 724
30 Points

DRAMA 724A
15 Points

DRAMA 724B
15 Points

Special Topic

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 724 A and B, or DRAMA 724

DRAMA 725
15 Points

Special Topic in Drama

DRAMA 726
30 Points

Special Topic

DRAMA 727
15 Points

Studies in Early Modern Theatre

An intensive study of practical and production aspects of the early modern English stage and staging, with particular attention to theories of drama and of acting and historical performance techniques.

DRAMA 728
30 Points

Creative Research for Theatre

Introduces students to principles of postgraduate creative research for theatre. Combines critical reflection and practical exercises to explore best practice in contemporary performance research. Topics include developing a subject, refining a research question, using the creative process as research methodology, framing research findings. Issues of research, language, culture and gender are covered in terms of impact on creative research projects.

DRAMA 730
30 Points

DRAMA 730A
15 Points

DRAMA 730B
15 Points

Studio/Project in Practical Drama

Students may undertake a supervised practical project in drama of a limited scale, either as an individual or in a small group.

Restriction: THEATRE 710

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 730 A and B, or DRAMA 730

DRAMA 770
60 Points

DRAMA 770A
30 Points

DRAMA 770B
30 Points

Studio/Project in Drama

Substantial individual and group project(s), including some public presentation of project work.

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 770 A and B, or DRAMA 770

DRAMA 790
30 Points

DRAMA 790A
15 Points

DRAMA 790B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 790 A and B, or DRAMA 790

DRAMA 792
45 Points

DRAMA 792A
22.5 Points

DRAMA 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 792 A and B, or DRAMA 792

DRAMA 793A
45 Points

DRAMA 793B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 793 A and B

DRAMA 796A
60 Points

DRAMA 796B
60 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 796 A and B

DRAMA 797A
60 Points

DRAMA 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in DRAMA 797 A and B

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