Programme Code : AE301
The Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education (PDATDE) programme aims at providing teachers, social workers, theatre artists and other people interested in the educational and transformative role of drama with knowledge and skills in applied theatre and drama education. It addresses concerns in the local educational, community and theatre scenes, equipping students with practical and conceptual understanding of the artistry and pedagogy of drama in a wide range of contexts. The specialized training received by students will enable them to develop, implement and evaluate their own applied theatre and drama education programmes within workplace and beyond.
- Emphasis on the importance of “think global and act local” for a broad understanding of international issues and debates while addressing concerns specific to the Hong Kong context.
- Taught by professionals who are well-versed in the understanding of the local scene, possessing strong academic qualifications, profound teaching experiences in diverse contexts, and wide international exposures and recognition.
- Focused on conceptual development, artistic & professional skills and self reflection for students to gain a range of research and conceptual skills for development of ideas, and to apply knowledge and skills to their workplace and beyond.
- Opportunities for exposure to drama activities via a variety of supporting programmes and projects offered by the School and Hong Kong Arts Centre.
- Small class teaching to maximize participation and cater for individual learning needs.
The PDATDE programme is vocational in nature. It is designed, from a practical standpoint, to complement (but not to substitute) similar academic programmes that are being offered at other institutions.
Drama learning is experiential in nature and the PDATDE programme is designed in such a way that students will start their learning journey by experiencing drama as workshop participants. Upon reflection on this experience key concepts are then introduced, and cases of local and international practices are examined to gain wider understanding of different approaches, key issues and debates. Students will then look at drama from a facilitator’s perspective and explore skills and knowledge in planning and facilitating drama workshops, and take a deeper look at the theoretical assumptions behind the use of drama as pedagogical and transformational agent. The cycles of “experience – reflection / evaluation” are essential in grounding practice in theory and this is an approach widely adopted in applied theatre and drama education programmes in the field. At the end of the programme, students will conduct a self-directed project which encapsulates their learning in the programme by applying knowledge and skills to their workplace or a designated context.
Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education Programme at QF Level 5 is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications for a period from September 2014 to August 2017.
The programme comprises six modules in three academic terms. There are two modules in each term. Each module consists of twelve lessons, each lesson involves three contact hours in class.
Process Drama >>
Practices of Applied Theatre and Drama Education >>
Process Drama is a key approach to applied theatre and drama education widely adopted in the field. In this module, students will be introduced to the forms and conventions of Process Drama to gain practical understanding of how drama creates meaning. Throughout the experiential workshops, students will examine the various elements of drama and key concepts that inform this approach to work. Students will develop skills in creating and sustaining roles, managing the elements of drama and different dramatic structures. They will also develop reflective skills as they relate concepts to practice. This module lays the foundation for most of the other modules in the programme.
Practices of Applied Theatre and Drama Education
In this module, students will be introduced to a range of applied theatre and drama education approaches as applied in various educational and social contexts (e.g. Theatre-in-Education, Forum Theatre, Playback Theatre… to name a few). Examples of practical projects in Hong Kong and worldwide will be used to demonstrate the important relationship between contexts, purposes, participants, and the choices of dramatic approach. Through critical examinations of these projects, students will gain an understanding of the historical background of the international and local development of applied theatre and drama education, as well as evaluate and reflect upon the possibilities and challenges of applied theatre and drama education in the contemporary society. This module lays the foundation for most of the other modules in the programme.
Art of the 21st century has become part of the popular culture or sometimes even part of the daily life. Artworks are no longer merely exhibited in formal or designated areas such as museums and art galleries; they can be viewed at alternative spaces such as cafés, shopping malls, and even inside moving vehicles. This module is designed to explore the relationship between art and space, and the fundamental concept of exhibiting artworks in various spatial contexts ranging from public areas to domestic settings. Spatial scales, environmental and social factors, as well as the ideas of contextualizing and de-contextualizing art spaces will be covered.
About Art Writing
This module serves as an introduction to various manners of professional art writing. It explores the building blocks of art writing such as the structures, the descriptive and analytical terminologies, and the vocabularies; as well as different types and styles of writing such as art reviews and art critiques. Participants are also encouraged to make use of the skills of looking and writing, and formulate writing or conversations in the context of recent topics in the art scene. The module also helps participants to develop transferable proficiency that may be applied to their future career needs inside the art circle.
Planning and Facilitating Drama Workshops >>
Drama, Society and Education >>
Planning and Facilitating Drama Workshops
This module builds on the basic knowledge of drama acquired in “Process Drama” and entails the planning, implementation and critical reflection upon a piece of basic applied theatre/drama education work. It equips students with the necessary skills in planning and facilitating drama workshops, and provides students with the opportunity for practising and reflecting on their own skills.
Drama, Society and Education
This module builds on the knowledge acquired in “Practices of Applied Theatre and Drama Education” to develop more in-depth understanding of the theoretical assumptions behind the use of drama as pedagogy and a transformative agent. The workshops will centre around the Theatre of the Oppressed approach of work – an approach widely adopted in diverse contexts giving rise to key debates and issues in the field of applied theatre and drama education. Students will engage in dialogues on these debates and issues, and the pedagogical concepts underlying this approach while they learn practical skills in managing the approach.
This module focuses on the discussion of the underlying principles, theories and elements in design, as well as their aesthetic concepts and application. It is designed to let practitioners enhance their understanding and their level of appreciation in the relevant context. This module will also examine ethical issues relating to visual communication and the use of propaganda. It is designed to also help participants to build up analytical skills and establish critical viewpoints towards art creation in a contemporary society.
This module examines the visual vibrancy in this present age of technological advancement, and the impacts of technology on contemporary thinking and cultural expression. Various visual elements, such as stilled images, moving images, and texts, and their roles in contemporary culture will be investigated. The origin, the use as well as the cross-over nature of different disciplines such as design, photography and film, will also be revisited and explored.
Playmaking in School and Community Contexts >>
Self-directed Project >>
Playmaking in School and Community Contexts
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills in making drama productions in school and community settings. The rationale behind the module is that playmaking can bring about high educational and transformative impacts when a process oriented experience is constructed for its participants. Through practical workshops students will be engaged in different kinds of activities for enhancing this experience. Students will learn about different aspects of playmaking, giving consideration to the needs of specific participant groups and available resources in school and community settings.
A capstone course for the programme, this module brings together the theoretical and practical learning in the other five modules in a project to be conducted in students’ own workplace (or where appropriate, a teaching context provided by Hong Kong Art School). Students can choose to conduct a group or individual project, with the support of a project supervisor. Students will learn how to write a project proposal, implement the project and evaluate its outcomes.
Exploration of Traditional Craftsmanship
This module is intended to provide participants with a taste and an initial exploration of traditional craftsmanship. The concept of traditional craftsmanship in general and its role in contemporary culture will be introduced. Under the rapid transformation of our society and in the changing cityscape, local wisdom and intellectual workmanship are gradually being distorted or disguised by technological inventions. This module will focus on revisiting the meaning and the value of existing and vanishing local crafts and rediscovering the essences and the quality of different types of craftsmanship. Topics on cultural and heritage conservation will also be covered.
The Making of an Exhibition
This module is designed to introduce the participants the making and the presentation of an art exhibition, which covers also the behind-the-scene stories and sharing. The setting and the logistic arrangements of an exhibition, involving the criteria and the principals of mounting exhibits in different contexts, venues, and situations, as well as professional concepts such as lighting, framing, and matting will be introduced. Issues such as gallery maintenance, proper storage of exhibits, and safety precautions will also be touched upon.
Remarks: Each module carries 15 QF credits
Length & Mode of Study
The standard length of study is one year (part-time). A two-year (part-time) pathway is available for students in need, and these students must consult the Programme Coordinator on how to plan their academic pathway.
Medium of Delivery
The medium of instruction will be Cantonese supplemented with English. Learning materials will be in Chinese and English as appropriate. The programme will feature a combination of seminars, workshops, projects, case studies, presentation, class discussion, site visits and critiques etc, depending on the nature of the modules.