Design for Stage + Screen Costume Design

As a costume designer, you are concerned with character and characterisation. Whether for stage (theatre, dance, or opera) or screen (film and television), the designer works initially with the director and creative team to establish the visual style of the costumes. Costume designers work as part of a team, which can include a costume supervisor, makers and tailors and wardrobe assistants who work backstage or stand by on set. The work may involve the re-creation of an historical character and period, or the invention of a completely imagined world. Costume designers work closely with actors to create exactly the right visual effect.

What will I do?

  • Learn how clothes help create character and characterisation, whether for stage or screen. 
  • Learn how to work as part of a creative team – this may include a costume supervisor, makers and tailors and wardrobe assistants – backstage or stand by on set. A costume designer designer works initially with the director and creative team to establish the visual style of the costumes.
  • Gain the skills necessary to recreate historical characters and periods, or to invent a completely imagined world. 

What modules will I study?

Common Year 1

Digital Support Studies, Introductory Studies 1 – Design for Performance, Introductory Studies 2 – Design for Stage – Theatre, Introductory Studies 3 Design for Screen – Film, Design for Stage or Screen 1. Critical and Contextual Studies 1 and a common Faculty Module. 

Year 2

Four common modules, Photography and Documentation, Exploration and Experimentation, Critical and Cultural Studies 2 and a Faculty Elective. Technical Skills Studies – Costume Construction, Design for Screen – Period Costume Design, Personal Design Project 2 – Costume.

Year 3

Work Placement/Practical Experience followed by modules in the areas of Professional Studies; Critical and Contextual Studies, Collaboration Project – Across Course, Advanced Discipline Practice – Costume. 

Year 4

Directed minor project, a self-selected major project and a business + entrepreneurship module which culminates in the Graduate Showcase. Included in the final year is a dissertation and/or documented research project.

Watch behind the scenes of The Fairy Queen
Watch behind the scenes of The Fairy Queen