drama electives


A rich Arts experience awaits all students at NTU regardless of your major. VPA, NIE offers a diverse range of Unrestricted Electives for all students in NTU.


AAU: 08A Theatre Games: Engagement Through Play

This course examines a range of theatre games conventionally used in a participatory classroom to build specific skills and capabilities.  Participants will be introduced to theatre practitioners such Augusto Boal, Viola Spolin, Clive Barker and Chris Johnstone, who have developed theatre games for actor training as well as team-building. These theories, methods and practices will be used to engage participants in a range of reflective processes, critical dialogue and physical activities that promote stronger social-emotional learning opportunities, inter-personal and intrapersonal skills, as well as civic and social awareness through activities that enhance team-building, trust, confidence, collaboration and the extension of imagination. The principles of practice that underpin the use of theatre games will be explored and explicated in relation to non-traditional theatre contexts.

AAU 28C: Twenty-First Century Learning through Theatre & Drama

This module examines how drama can be applied as 21st Century pedagogy. Participants will explore how they can nurture young people by infusing drama into the classroom in order to begin to equip young people with the life skills necessary for be active and concerned 21st Century citizens. In this rapidly changing world, growing importance is being placed on the need for young people to develop 21st century skills in order to become skilled members of the global workforce.  This course will examine and apply why and how Drama Education has long been recognized for its ability to foster social and self-awareness, self-confidence, empathy, communication skills, critical thinking, intercultural understanding, and collaboration and negotiations skills.

AAU 28B: The Creative Classroom: Introducing Drama through
Imagination and Play

This course allows participants to explore theories and practices of imagination and play and their creative application using drama. Participants will be introduced to reflective and reflexive practice in the work of Donald Schon and Dorothy Heathcote, as well as thinking on creativity and education though the work of Lev Vygotsky, Howard Gardner and others. Participants will be introduced to the ‘grounded-imagination’ that the classroom is a stage, or laboratory, where exchanges between teacher and student through drama, can forge creative alliances for pedagogical learning essential for the 21st century classroom. 

AAU28A: Drama as Engaged and Collaborative Learning

This course will introduce key concepts and developments in the practice and pedagogy of drama as an artistic medium for engaged and collaborative learning.  Through group improvisations that engage students in drama conventions and practices, students will participate in thematic and issue-based processes of storytelling, scenario-building and symbolic creativity to understand how drama operates aesthetically and pedagogically as a creative, engaged and empowering process.  It will be introducing frameworks and methodologies that enable student teachers to develop skills and capacities in how to apply and use drama as a medium that enhances socio-cultural and aesthetic engagement, reflexivity and agency.  In varying contexts drama has been used for: artistic communication, personal development, meaning-making and empowerment.  Student teachers will come to understand a range of philosophical viewpoints relating to the educative purpose and power of drama and how they are realized in practice.

AAU28D: Voice Studies and Production

This course aims to strengthen and enhance the professionals’ natural voice and their use of the voice in various working contexts, particularly that of the meeting room. This course uses established approaches to develop physical and personal awareness, a feeling for the dynamics of language, and understanding of basic theory of physiology and voice production.

The course also focuses on the use of the voice in a working environment: for professional presentations for diverse audiences and incorporates technology to enhance presentation. Students will be introduced to how sound is produced through its interconnectedness with the breath, body, mind and space. This will be a practical & theoretical workshop where participants will be introduced to different styles of creative speaking. Participants will be encouraged to find their own voice through specially designed exercises.