PERF07019 2019 Costume Design for Stage and Screen

General Details

Full Title
Costume Design for Stage and Screen
Transcript Title
Costume Design for Stage and S
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea, Vanya Lambrecht, Katarina Rozvadska
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module further explores costume design and its role in the process of making theatre and film. Skills in costume design and rendition are further developed. Texts and characters are explored through collaborative exercises with a designer as part of a creative team to inform the process of designing costumes. Preliminary skills in researching visual material and techniques in costume design rendition are further developed; combining elements of colour, fabric textures and visual research.Students will develop an understanding of character in performance in terms of age, social status, occupation etc. and through period or unique fantasy framing. Learners expand their technical awareness of the technical requirements of the actor as well as reflecting on character analysis.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Research and source information necessary for costume design


Develop an understanding of costume design in relation to the interpretation of individual characters and the overall tone of a production


Explore texts in relation to the physical and imaginative requirements of the play and its characters.


Produce a portfolio of costume designs that will include research, moment drawings, sketches.


Acquire skills in research, visual representation and drawing.


Understand differences in designing a costume for stage or screen.


Learn to work as part of a creative team, present and articulate designs, enhance communication skills, decision making, problem-solving skills, time management, organising and planning skills.

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

Indicative Syllabus

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.

Designing for stage and screen; what are the different challenges in designing for a live audience and for a camera? What to consider when designing costumes seen in a full frame or in close up camera detail.

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Design Presentation Costume in performance Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Individual Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,7
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 1,2,3,4,5,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Design Studio costume realisation 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Howard. Pamela, What is Scenography? Second edition, Routledge Press 2009

Mack.John Editor, Masks The Art of Expression, British Museum Press 1994

Arnold. Janet, Patterns of Fashion 1540-1660, 1560-1620, 1660-1860, 1860-1940, Macmillan/QSM  1985

Burnet.Kate Editor, Make Believe. UK Design For Performance  2011-2015, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Crawley.Greer Editor, Transformation & Revelation. UK Design For Performance  2007-2011, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Burnett. Kate Editor, Collaborators. UK Design For Performance  2003-2007, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Ruthven Hall. Peter, Burnett. Kate, 2D/3D Design for Theatre and Performance, The Society of British Theatre Designers, 2002

Cole.Holly, Burke.Kristin, Costuming for Film, The Art and the Craft, Silman-James Press, 2005

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

Collins Jane & Nisbet Andrew Editors, Theatre and Performance Design a reader in Scenography, Routledge 2010

Waugh Norah , The Cut of Women's Clothes 1600 -1930, FABER & FABER 1994  (First edition 1968)

Waugh Norah , The Cut of Men's Clothes 1600 -1900, Taylor & Francis Ltd 2015 (First edition 1964)

Waugh Norah edited by Judith Dolan, Corsets and Crinolines, Taylor & Francis Ltd 2018 (First edition 1954)

Barbieri Donatella, Costume in Performance, Materiality CuLture and Body, Bloomsbury 2017

Racinet August, The Complete Costume History, Taschen 2003 (First published 1888)

Nadoolman Landis Deborah, Film Craft Costume Design, Ilex 2012

Other Resources