Welcome to the Drama department at Buile Hill Visual Arts College! The ancient Greeks believed theatres were a place of healing for the soul; and, at Buile Hill Visual Arts College we believe Drama has immense value as part of the curriculum on offer at our school. As a creative subject, it is a space to develop key skills that will help you as an individual in all areas of your life: self-confidence, imagination, cooperation/collaboration, communication, problem solving, self-discipline, and cultural-social awareness. From Year 7 through to GCSE we offer extensive extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities through clubs, performance evenings, primary liaisons, workshops, theatre visits and cross-curricular events.
All pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 have one lesson of Drama a week and are able to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Our content lays a firm foundation for GCSE Drama. Pupils have the opportunity to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role; as well as learning to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences. They discover how to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances. By the end of KS3, they are able to interpret texts and successfully determine how to apply dramatic conventions and mediums for effect enabling them transfer this knowledge to their study of GCSE English Literature at KS4. In Year 7 we start with an ‘Introduction to Drama’ and learn how to use the performer’s instrument: voice, body and brain. Students in Year 7 have a chance to explore issues like bullying, learn to express their beliefs through Slam Poetry, discover the world of Greek Drama, themes from Macbeth and the power of imagination in Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations. In Year 8 the pupils learn about the history of Drama in England covering the Romans as well as Commedia Dell'arte, devising and writing scripts and they tackle themes such as teen crime, peer pressure and the impact of social media.
At GCSE, which begins in Year 9, we build on their gained skills and knowledge at KS3 as we delve deeper into the world of theatre. The course we follow is AQA which has three components of assessment: understanding drama, devising drama and texts in practice. Throughout the course of this GCSE, they learn to: confidently use drama vocabulary, identify and discuss the roles of theatre makers, understand the characteristics and context of a whole play, analyse theatrical elements and evaluate the success in a live production, creatively respond to a variety of stimulus to devise a performance that communicates meaning and fully realise the artistic intentions of play text by using their skills in performance.
Drama is an amazing vehicle that allows our students the opportunity to explore and make sense of the world around them. So, if you are an aspiring actor, director, costume designer, makeup artist, set designer or producer, you will be at the right place to begin a brilliant career. If not, our department will equip you skills that will be invaluable no matter where your future leads, the Drama 5 C’s: concentration, co-operation, communication, confidence and control.
Last edited 14.11.2017 L.Hill