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Dramatic Arts Courses

Dramatic Arts, Grade 9, Open (ADA1O)
This course emphasizes the active exploration of dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students will construct, discuss, perform, and analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

Dramatic Arts, Grade 10, Open (ADA2O)
This course requires students to actively explore dramatic forms and techniques, using their own ideas and concerns as well as sources selected from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Student learning will include identifying and using the principles of space, time, voice, and movement in creating, sustaining, and communicating authentic roles within a drama. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creation and presentation of the drama, and will analyse and reflect on the experience.

Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, U/C (ADA3M)
This course requires students to create and to perform dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, interpret, and perform works of drama from various cultures, including Western plays from around 1900. Students will also do research on different acting styles and conventions for their presentations, create original works, and analyse the functions of playwright, director, actor, producer, designer, technician, and audience.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, Open (ADA3O)
This course requires students to create and to present dramatic works. Students will do research on and study such types of contemporary theatre as docudrama and forum theatre. They will interpret and present works in a variety of dramatic forms; create and script original works; analyse and reflect on dramatic works; and develop their communication skills and other skills useful in a variety of careers.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open

Dramatic Arts, Grade 12, U/C (ADA4M)
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, and to create/adapt and present dramatic works. Students will do research on dramatic forms, conventions, themes, and theories of acting and directing from different historical periods, and apply their knowledge of these in analysing and interpreting dramatic literature, including Canadian works and works from various cultures in the late twentieth century. Students will also examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, U/C or Open

Dramatic Arts, Grade 12, Open (ADA4O)
This course requires students to create and present a variety of dramatic works. Students will present works by Canadian and other playwrights, and develop original material based on personal narratives, local community issues, or global concerns.They will have hands-on experiences with various aspects of dramatic arts productions, including performance, set design, lighting, costumes, stage and technical management, and marketing. Students will also explore possible careers related to the dramatic arts.
Prerequisite: Dramatic Arts, Grade 11, U/C or Open

About Dramatic Arts Programs

The study of dramatic arts provides students with an opportunity to take on roles, to create and enter into imagined worlds, and to learn in a unique way about themselves, the art of drama, and the world around them.

The expectations for dramatic arts courses are organized in three distinct but related strands:

Theory. The Theory strand focuses on form and meaning in drama, and on theoretical aspects of the creative process. Students are introduced to theoretical concepts through their active engagement in drama. They also learn about the historical origins of drama and its function within a culture.

Creation. Creative work consists of creating and presenting drama. Through a variety of dramatic forms, students explore characters and issues drawn from a text or from their own ideas. In the process, they have the opportunity to experience at first hand the roles of performer, audience, playwright, producer, technician, and designer.

Analysis. Analysis involves responding to the creation and presentation of drama through ongoing reflection, deconstruction, and evaluation. Students are challenged to examine their personal and collective artistic choices, and to determine what they have learned from these choices. They also acquire a specialized vocabulary for evaluating their own dramas and the work of other dramatic artists.

Drama is a social art form. Creating, presenting, and analysing drama is a collective experience. By communicating in both real and imaginary situations, students develop proficiency in listening, speaking, writing, questioning, and negotiating. Through the process of “stepping into the shoes of another”, students develop and express empathy. Through analysis of dramatic works, they become aware of universal aspects of human experience.