THE DRAMATIC ARTS: DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES
Why study the Dramatic Arts?
In the 21st Century, the deployment of people in preference for computers has seen the rise of the Creative Class. Training in the Dramatic Arts is a unique preparation of students for today’s challenges and demands, mentally and physically. It is a perfect addition to Science and Humanities in holistic education, imparting critical life skills and the ability to develop and display leadership qualities and confidence.
Qualifications in the Dramatic Arts have been accepted into the workforce in Team Leadership positions, the Police Force, Company Development and Design (media, film, event design) and the lucrative entertainment business (producers, managers, directors, actresses, stage managers, technicians, costume designers, choreographers).
The ability to bring a Concept to a Conclusion within a deadline through measured practical involvement, individually and in a team, is the fundamental requirement of all professions and is the basis of all Dramatic Arts programmes. Preparation, planning, teamwork, presentation, meeting challenges and evaluation are all skills honed within the projects of Dramatic Arts. Drama workshops are a part of company team-building programmes today due to their importance.
Participation in the Dramatic Arts creates cognitive assonance between thought, speech and action demanding expert communication, debating, questioning, researching, devising and presentation skills. Performance is a small part of the process, but a vital culmination of creativity and planning.
Projects involve social, cultural and historical understanding, the focus on thinking ‘out of the box’, the development of personal empowerment and the training to empower others. It is a very important development programme, practically incorporating and enhancing understanding of science, history, mathematics, budgeting and economics, design and languages.
All training will be conducted in the KES Drama Suite purposely built
Key Stage 4 IGCSE Drama
(which progresses to Key Stage 5 Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A2)
On completion of KS3 in year 9 students will have acquired the basic skills and terminology required for IGCSE. The development will create in-depth projects to display a multimedia message to audience members and examiners using dramatic elements and proxemics.
Component 1: a written examination consisting of 3 sections (2.5 hours)
Component 2: three practical filmed presentations
Component 1: 40% Written Examination – 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Component 2: 60% Practical Examinations.
A prerequisite of this course is that the student takes IGCSE First Language English, due to the structure of the 40% written examination.
KES Drama and Theatre Arts alumni include: