PERF06048 2019 Design for Performance 2 - Introduction to Costume Design

General Details

Full Title
Design for Performance 2 - Introduction to Costume Design
Transcript Title
Design for Performance 2 - Int
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
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_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre 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.


Learning Outcomes

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

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.

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 Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Individual Project Presentation Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Written Report Log book Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
4 Continuous Assessment professional practice and attendance Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Design Projectwork Performance Space rehearsal and performance 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Workshop / Seminar Design Studio Costume realisation 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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, Macmillon/QSM  1985

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)


Other Resources