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Undergraduate Course: Millinery for Performance Costume (DESI08090)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPlease note that this course runs from 10-1 on a Tuesday in Semester 2. The timetabling is being updated as soon as possible.

Millinery for Performance Costume is a practical based course which introduces students to the basic techniques and skills required for the production of a final outcome. The course encompasses the key processes and research methodologies associated within the discipline.
Workshops on characterization, design development and concept statements will assist students in creating unique and personal responses to a dramatic text. Practical workshops on hat blocking techniques in buckram and felt as well as the creation of decorative and innovative sampling will provide students with the essential skills to realise design ideas.
Course description Please note that this course is taught on a Tuesday from 9-12 in Semester 2. The timetabling will be updated as soon as possible to reflect this.

The course will introduce the creative process of millinery design and construction within the context of performance and characterization. The design process will foster creative and personal responses to a specified dramatic text which will be achieved through an introductory read-through , one to one tutorials , strategies for research and design development workshops.

The origins of millinery will also be explored through a series of lectures to establish historical knowledge and communicate the relevance and applications of millinery to performance costume. Practical workshops introduce students to the safe use of equipment and techniques within millinery and give the students the opportunity to develop their personal interpretation of character projection through headwear and millinery. Students will use drawing and prototyping as exploratory media. The tutorials will give the students the opportunity to discuss and develop their ideas and skills.

Students will draw upon their research material to produce a series of comprehensive design plates ( which simply put is a drawing of your hat / outcome ) clearly expressing a design outline and aesthetic, a technical file of samples will embed process, good working practices and health and safety. At least one final millinery outcome will demonstrate skill in translation of page to stage.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to ALL STUDENTS and enrolments are managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full. The course will be open to enrolments from Wednesday 11th September at 11.00 am. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done via your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list.
Additional Costs Drawing materials, sketchbooks, printing, fabric samples, etc. approx. £30.
Costs will vary and reflect the final design chosen for production. This is a general outline only: Buckram , millinery wire , felt hood, felt stiffner, threads and general haberdashery, ice wool , fabric £50 -£100
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to undertake relevant research and apply creative responses and approaches to the project brief clearly communicating resolved outcomes.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles, techniques, technical skill and health and safety aspects for millinery construction.
  3. Use millinery techniques to produce final outcomes which demonstrate a highly personal and creative response to a design concept.
Reading List
Bungay, M. (2008). Tiaras and Hairpins. Tunbridge Wells: Search Press Ltd.
Callan ,M.(2012).Adornments:Sew and Create Accessories with Fabric , Lace and Beads. USA: Krause Publications
Dial, T. (2002). Basic Millinery for the Stage. Maryland: Heinemann.
Dreher, D. (1981). From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hat Making. Minneapolis: Madhatter Press.
Hopkins, S. (1999). The Century of Hats. London: Aurum Press Ltd.
Ingham, R. & Covey, L. (2003). The Costume Technicians Handbook (3rd edition). New Hampshire: Heinemann.
Jones, S. et al. Hats: an anthology. V&A publications (2009)
Hopkins, S. Century of Hats: headturning style of the twentieth century. Aurum (1999)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Criticality of process, reflective practice, transferable skills , design ability, drawing skills, interest in developing practical skills.
KeywordsMillinery Design,Millinery Techniques and Construction,Character interpretation,design research
Course organiserMs Emma Renhard
Course secretaryMs Georgia Dodsworth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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