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Undergraduate Course: Performance Costume 2B: Historical and Contemporary Design (DESI08091)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is designed to consolidate core research and design development skills through practical application within a design brief focused on both historically inspired costume and contemporary dress. This course will further embed practical application and realization of design work within costume construction by building on knowledge and understanding introduced in Performance Costume 2A. An emphasis on accessories and styling will embed the creation and visualization of character further making meaningful connection between areas of knowledge.

The course will consist of an introductory lecture, studio sessions, tutorials, and practical workshops.
Course description Building on Performance Costume 2A, this course will further challenge and test a students conceptual thinking and understanding of characterisation by exploring, in detail, how costume design and the sourcing of contemporary dress can represent the same character in both a historical and contemporary context.

The introductory session will present students with strategies for contemporary and historical costume research and design development directed towards a group of characters drawn from a historical, dramatic text. Studio sessions will give the students the opportunity to develop their personal interpretation of character through costuming, using drawing and contemporary costume as an exploratory medium. These sessions will also allow the development of ideas for historically inspired costume, appropriate to the text, but influenced by the first interpretations of character through contemporary dress. Students will gain professional practice skills through the sourcing, costing and budgeting necessary for contemporary stage and screen production. Regular tutorials will give students the opportunity to discuss and develop their design ideas and skills.

Practical studio sessions and workshops will allow students the opportunity to develop and further underpin their personal interpretation of character through costuming. This will include the consideration of accessories , makeup and hair both in final drawn costume illustrations and constructed costumes. Students will gain professional skills through the sourcing, costing and budgeting necessary for contemporary costume , while the continuation of practical instruction in pattern cutting and sewing techniques will build on the individuals foundation in costume construction. Students will be expected to produce a fully-realized costume from a design established in Performance Costume Design 2A. Millinery classes will further enhance this realization, reinforcing the need to costume the whole character. Digital skills tuition will support the communication of the student¿s concept, design process and final outcomes in the form of a final design book.

Indicative content :
1. Explore the realization of character in a contemporary and historical setting
2. Investigate historical and cultural reference to inform design development
3. Introduction to contemporary debate within the discipline of performance design
4. Introduction to a range of techniques required in the construction of a hat, to include hat blocking in felt and buckram
5. Demonstrate good levels of fitting etiquette
6. Construction of toiles through flat drafting and stand cutting
7. Accurate translation of design within a final outcome
8. Application and integration of taught textile techniques within costume elements

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the Performance Costume Degree Programme in the School of Design.
Additional Costs Drawing materials, sketch books, printing etc. - approx. £30
Calico for toiles - approx. £30
Materials for fully constructed costume (can vary) - approx. £100 -£150
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  9
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 9, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 303 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Course work.

Students will submit the following:
1. Statement of general design concept, costume research files for both historical and contemporary dress, sketchbook showing design development, sourcing and budgeting for the set of contemporary character costume designs, drawing, textile file.
2. Resolved costume illustrations (both contemporary and historically inspired), along with technical drawings, fabric samples/garment references. Design Book as digital file and printed book.
3. Fully realized costume and accessories

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes

All three Learning Outcomes are equally weighted and will be assessed as follows:
Assessment element 1 is used to assess learning outcome 1
Assessment element 2 is used to assess learning outcome 2
Assessment element 3 is used to assess learning outcome 3
Feedback There will be verbal formative feedback and one-to-one tutorials from staff for the duration of the course.

In week 5 or 6 students will provide 10 minute presentations to peers and staff outlining their design concepts and outcomes to date, this will facilitate discussion and feedback within the group, verbal and written formative feedback will be provided by the tutor. This formative feedback will provide students with advice and guidance on how their work is progressing and give suggestions for development which may improve grades and assist in the formulation and presentation of ideas for the summative assessment.

Summative feedback will be provided at the end of the semester 2, this assessment consists of the total submission of the work completed throughout the course. The components will consist of Statement of general design concept, costume research files for both historical and contemporary dress, sketchbook showing design development, sourcing and budgeting for the set of contemporary character costume designs, drawing, textile file, resolved costume illustrations (both contemporary and historically inspired), along with technical drawings, fabric samples/garment references, Design Book as digital file and printed book, fully realized costume and accessories.

The written feedback and grading will be provided via LEARN VLE
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the influence that the diversity and scope of research has within your design development.
  2. Utilise a variety of appropriate techniques to communicate costume design process, illustrations and resolved ideas for character.
  3. Demonstrate ability to interpret the creation of a character through a fully constructed costume complete with accessories.
Reading List
1. Huaixiang,T. Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing methods for Theatre Costume Designers. Focal Press (2010)
2. Landis, D. N. FilmCraft: Costume Design. ILEX (2012)
3. Street, S. Costume and Cinema: Dress Codes in Popular Film (Short Cuts). Columbia University Press (2002)
4. Thomas, J. Script Analysis for Actors, Directors and Designers. Focal Press (2013)
5. Howard, P. What is Scenography. Routledge (2002)
6. Aldrich, W. Metric pattern cutting for menswear : including unisex clothes and computer aided design. Blackwell Pub.(2006)
7. Shoben, Martin M. Pattern cutting and making up : the professional approach. Revised edition. Heinemann. (1987)
8. Aldrich, W. Pattern cutting for women's tailored jackets : classic and contemporary. Blackwell Science (2002)
9. Arnold,J. Patterns of Fashion:1660-1860. Vol 1. Macmillan (1989)
10. Waugh,N. The Cut of Mens Clothes. Faber and Faber (1964)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Drawing skill, research skill, practical skill
KeywordsPerformance costume,design research,design development,textiles,technical drawings
Course organiserMs Emma Renhard
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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