Drama: Level 3

Drama Level 3 is currently being taught at John McGlashan College. Entry into this course is subject to approval and availability of space.

Course Outline

This course builds on skills gained in NCEA Level 2 drama. It requires work in-and-out of class time and further develops students' skills in devising, improvisation, theatre technology, acting, responding and reflecting on theatre practice, effective communication and group responsibility. Drama has strong links with English, History, Music, Dance and Classics.

Drama is an excellent 'companion' course for industries that involve people e.g. law, education, politics, health, hospitality, sports, media, business, tourism, management. Careers such as; stage manager, TV/Radio commentator/reporter/presenter, playwright, set/lighting/costume designer or technician, actor, director, editor, cameraman, critic/reviewer. Drama increases employability by developing key competencies such as managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing in a practical environment.

For further information, please visit the Drama Weebly on http://jmcdrama.weebly.com

Students will:

  • Explore the elements of drama: role, time, space, action, tension, focus

  • Investigate drama techniques: voice, movement, body and use of space

  • Use the conventions of drama to devise and structure a performance

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a drama/theatre form

  • Reflect on drama processes, performance experiences and viewing live performances


Level 2 Drama or with approval from the TiC of the Drama Department, John McGlashan College.

Extension opportunities:

View live performances in Dunedin or Christchurch


Sheilah Winn Shakespeare 2023 Competition

Theatrefest Competition 2023

Drama Level 3

Acceptance into a John McGlashan College course is at the discretion of Senior Management, in consultation with relevant HoDs. Students need to have good time management skills. Contributions to the cost of field trips may be added to students' accounts. There are limited places available for this course.