IB: Group 6

Drama: Theatre Studies

What could this course lead to?

Primarily this course can lead to studying a wide spectrum of performance based disciplines. These courses would be directly industry focused for those who wish to pursue a career within Performing Arts.

GCSEs required

A solid GCSE in Drama is expected, a grade 5 or above at GCSE, or equivalent in English Language or Literature would also be desirable.

What will I be studying?

Theatre is a practical subject that encourages discovery through experimentation, the taking of risks and the presentation of ideas to others. It results in the development of both theatre and life skills; the building of confidence, creativity and working collaboratively.

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course of study. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. It emphasizes the importance of working both individually and collaboratively as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process, transforming ideas into action as inquisitive and productive artists.

Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?

Yes, lots!

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

The ‘soft skills’, polished through the practical and collaborative style the course lend themselves to entrance into many diverse university courses of future study. Life skills honed are specifically enriching for those wanting to embark on courses in Law, Media, Humanities and the Arts in general. Whatever the future holds, students of IB Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

A commitment to deadlines and the ability to collaborate towards a shared aim. A passion for communication and theatre in all its forms. An ability to research and elicit original work derived from a known methodologies, dramaturgs and World Theatre traditions. A self-managing independent, motivated work ethic.

How does the Higher Level differ to the Standard Level?

At Higher Level Theatre students are required to practically explore one theatre theorist and engage with the process of creating a piece of theatre based on their theory. This is the only difference between Standard and Higher Level.

How is it assessed?

Task 1: Solo theatre piece (HL only)
Students at HL research a theatre theorist they have not previously studied, identify an aspect(s) of their theory and create and present a solo theatre piece (4–8 minutes).

Task 2: Director’s notebook (SL and HL)
Students at SL and HL choose a published play text they have not previously studied and develop ideas regarding how it could be staged for an audience.

Task 3: Research presentation (SL and HL)
Students at SL and HL plan and deliver an individual presentation (15 minutes maximum) to their peers in which they outline and physically demonstrate their research into a convention of a theatre tradition they have not previously studied.

Task 4: Collaborative project (SL and HL)
Students at SL and HL collaboratively create and present an original piece of theatre (lasting 13–15 minutes) for and to a specified target audience, created from a starting point of their choice.

Coursework: Yes, both written and practical work to be assessed internally and externally.

Examination method

Assessment takes places entirely through coursework which is marked separately by IB examiners externally. The devised module is the sole component marked internally and externally moderated.

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