PERF06048 2019 Design for Performance 2 - Introduction to Costume Design
This module is an introduction to costume design and its role in the process of making theatre. Texts and characters are explored through collaborative exercises to inform the process of designing costumes. Preliminary skills in researching visual material and techniques in costume design rendition are introduced. Learners recognise the technical requirements of the actor as well as reflecting on character in terms of costume. Practical workshops in costume cutting/making skills may be introduced. The viability of the individual designs may be tested in a devised performance piece.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
understand and appreciate the role of costume in the Performing Arts
research and source information necessary for costume design
explore costume design as an expression of character through drawing and collage
acquire basic skills and tools necessary to create a costume design
through practical workshops develop preliminary skills to construct a costume for performance.
Module Assessment Strategies
Costume in performance: Students design and construct a costume for performance.
Presentation of research: Students articulate orally and visually their research process and final design.
Log Book: individual understanding and evaluation of research for costume design. Developing and recording the creative journey involved in costume design.
Continual Assessment: Attendance and professional practice
General introduction to costume design: What is costume design? What are the key characteristics needed to be a costume designer?
Assessing the role of the costume designer: Realisation of the visual needs of a performance, technical possibilities, the relationship with the play, actors, designers, space and audience.
The demands of the costume designer: finding own approaches to costume design. Recognising the responsibilities of being part of a creative team.
The processes involved in the journey from costume realisation to performance which might include characterisation, movement, technical needs, research, costume cutting and sowing, drawing and collage.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Design Presentation Costume in performance||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||40 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
|2||Individual Project Presentation||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
|3||Written Report Log book||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
|4||Continuous Assessment professional practice and attendance||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Design Projectwork||Black Box||rehearsal and performance||2||Fortnightly||1.00|
|Workshop||Design Studio||Costume realisation||2||Weekly||2.00|
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Burnell. Kate Editor, Collaborators. UK Design For Performance 2003-2007, The Society of British Theatre Designers
Willett. John Editor, Brecht on Theatre The development on an aesthetic, Methuen Press 1964
Legrand. Catherine, Textiles: A World Tour Discovering Traditional Fabrics and Patterns, Thames and Hudson 2008
Racinet. August, The Complete Costume History, Taschen 2003 (First published 1888)