The costume design course aims to develop confident and experimental practitioners who will push the boundaries of the subject of costume beyond its established traditional role.
Content and Structure
The course aims to develop confident and experimental practitioners who will push the boundaries of the subject of costume beyond its established role. Taught largely on a one to one basis, by international practitioners, experienced lecturers and senior researchers, this MA will nurture and challenge your creative ideas about costume and performance.
You will design, realise and experiment with costume based performance ideas for both live performance and film that enable you to define your individual position in relation to contemporary culture and practice, while responding visually to the relevant performance context.
Beyond the understanding of performance and the role of character creation through costume, the study of Costume Design at MA level allows you to locate your practice within the wider realms of contemporary culture and art, as well as within the relevant dramatic, social and political contexts. The course offers many opportunities for collaborations within the college or the wider context of the University of the Arts as well as with practitioners from the large performance and art sector in London and the UK.
The relationship between drawing, practical realisation and performance is central to the way design is approached: ideas are developed on paper, 3D modelling, through movement, as well as through pattern cutting, textile and material manipulation and practical testing. Practical experimentation is achieved through access to the extensive technical facilities available within the college and the expanding knowledge of the uses of analogue and digital methods. The costume studios are well equipped to enable students to develop their ideas into practical realisation, and expert technical support is provided for students on a weekly basis.
15 months level 7 180 credits
Course entry requirements
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
- An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application
- Equivalent qualifications
- Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years
Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, the supporting written statement, and examples of relevant work. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work.
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Last updated September 28, 2017