DRA1002 - Improvisation and Role Playing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days

Course content

This course provides a basic practical and theoretical introduction to improvisation, role play and drama education. The introduction covers different forms of improvisation and role play and how these can be used as experimental exploration in play and acting methods within different cultural contexts. The introduction to applied theatre and drama education focuses on the perspectives of the participant within different pedagogic, social and cultural contexts. The course offers an experience based understanding about immaterial value creation and the connection between individual, environment and society. Phenomena and challenges of today's globalized reality are assessed and examined through improvisation and role play. The course provides competences that are important to many career fields, like art and culture, education, health care and other fields where sustainability and environment are in focus.

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Knowledge about the history of drama pedagogy and central practices in applied theatre
- Knowledge about improvisation, role play and drama- and theatre based methods and how these can be applied to different contexts both inside and outside the traditional stages
- Knowledge about traditional methods in acting and how these represent different views on the performer and his/her style of expression.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to:
- Use knowledge about improvisation and role play in order to analyse and reflect on methodical examples, improvised processes and drama educational practice.
- Use knowledge about improvisation and role play to plan, carry out and lead drama educational practices
- Work practically and methodically with exercises and techniques connected to play and acting methods
- Analyse and reflect on the relation between practice and theory in one's own performance, in groups and with supervisors.

Learning methods and activities

The instruction consists of lectures, practical seminars and exercise assignments.

Parallel to lectures,the students must participate in mandatory practical group work, where they will work with relevant topics from the lecture series. The students will also have to develop one written exercise assignments regarding improvisation/acting, and one practical exercise assignment regarding applied theatre/drama pedagogy. As a mandatory activity, the students must take part as actors in a Medical Communication exam (week 9-10).

Course requirements:
To receive the final assessment in DRA1002 the student must;
- have achieved an attendance and participation of minimum 80 % of the lectures / activities.
- submit two assignments that must be approved (one theoretical and one practical).
- have achieved approved attendance and participation on the Medical Communication exam, including a memorandum of reflection: The students will participate as role players in the communication part of the medical consultancy exam (approximately in week 9-10).

Students are required to check the results of practice assignments at Blackboard. Students are required to keep up to date on messages from the department or the lecturer at Blackboard.

Teaching is usually conducted in Norwegian, but may take place in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 approved assignments
  • Approved attendance
  • 80 % attendance in instructions

Further on evaluation

Final assessment consists of a three day take at home exam, over a given topic, which will be marked with a letter grade. The scope of the text for final assessment must be between 3000 and 4000 words. The word count should not include front page, preface, table of content, literature list or appendix. The final assessment should be marked with the word count. It's the students own responsibility to ensure that the number of words is correct.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Drama and Theatre (BDRAMA)
Drama and Theatre (ÅDRAMA)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme or the One-year programme in Drama and Theatre, or another programme in agreement with the department.

Course materials

Approx. 1000 pages of set texts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFDT101 15.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn UTS Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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