St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 1 Drama

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Figgest.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry

Drama comes under the umbrella of the Arts in the NZ Curriculum. It provides opportunity for students to gain knowledge and life-skills that will equip them for a number of career pathways. 

Level 1 Drama begins the pathway for NCEA Drama through to Level 3 and Scholarship.

Students will:

* Explore how identity, culture, and perspectives are expressed through dramatic work

* Explore forms, purposes, and functions of drama

* Access Theatre Aotearoa and understand that drama is a way to explore and reflect on whakapapa

* Gain understanding of creative processes through participation in drama 

* Learn to express and explore their own and others’ ideas in the creative process 

* Explore collaborative creation using tikanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, and akoranga 

* Understand how drama components and processes are used to create drama and communicate ideas

* Understand the concepts of ihi and wehi through the experience of live drama performance

* Understand Aotearoa New Zealand as a Pacific nation and that there are Pacific theatre practices in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as Pacific performance traditions that have travelled here.

Year 11 Drama Clowning Class

Learning Areas:

The Creative Arts - Drama

Detailed Subject Outline

Level 2 Drama

Career Pathways

Barrister, Technical Writer, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Production Manager, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Meat/Seafood Process Worker, Chemical Production Operator, Civil Engineer, Telecommunications Engineer, Industrial Designer, Quantity Surveyor, Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Electronics Engineer, Fashion Designer, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Lighting Technician, Emergency Management Officer, Crop Farmer/Manager, Lift Technician, Fencer, Forest Manager, Occupational Therapist, Television Presenter, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Author, Dancer, Entertainer, Film/Television Camera Operator, Make-up Artist, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Early Childhood Teacher, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Horse Trainer, Model, Nanny/Child Carer, Private Teacher/Tutor

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Stationery: clear file folder.
Students will be required to attend at least one professional performance throughout the year.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.