Historical Costume supports and develops advanced practitioners who have the ambition to explore, challenge and redefine the relationship between a historical artefact and the redesign and interpreted costume in a contemporary context.
MA Historical Costume
MA Historical Costume engages the student in the potential of performance design and garment construction to explore complex ideas; some of which could stray into other areas of artistic experimentation. Students may come to the course with a background in costume, fashion, textiles or theatre/performance design or may have studied subjects from across the humanities including arts and performance. This master’s programme supports and encourages the student to investigate individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework, whilst developing a critical theoretical context for their work. The very special and unique nature of course delivery, through shared lectures, seminars, critiques and tutorials encourages both a ‘freewheeling’ atmosphere as well as an intense immersion in creative practice.
Whether students are interested in looking at historical influences or current socio-political issues related to dress, students will challenge the context of their study in design or historical costume construction within the broader framework of contemporary practice.
1 year (full-time, 45 weeks)
2 years (part-time, 90 weeks)
Rebecca Pride – Course Leader
BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Higher Diploma in Fine Art (HDFA) Slade and PGCE
Prior to my academic career, I worked as a professional theatre designer (from 1988), designing for many national theatres including The Riverside Studios, Watford Palace, Theatr Clwyd, The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Perth Theatre, The Gate, The Man in the Moon and The Bridewell to name just a few.
What You'll Study
The course is supported by lectures and seminars in areas of dress history, construction and design to enable students to critically reflect on, and to consider the place of their practice within the discipline. Seminar discussion with a diverse range of artists will invite critiques of students’ work. The intense testing of work and practice in a challenging but safe arena is a particular element of the MA programme and innate strength of the learning process that is engendered at the Graduate School.
Areas of expertise within the course team include Historical Costume Construction, Costume Design Skills, Scenography and Dress History.
The exciting potential of this course is the ability to experiment and innovate whilst you hone your skills as a maker or designer. It fosters originality and creativity in the application of techniques of enquiry, research and making. It locates your practice in the interdisciplinary and global context, be it theoretically based on historical research and analysis or on a live production involving the transformation of costume design from page to stage.
Studios and Resources
Students on the MA Historical Costume course benefit from specialist facilities and equipment, tailored to the studies of the course which reflects industry practice.