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Undergraduate Course: Performance Costume 3A: Costume in Action (DESI10075)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course introduces students to work on an externally facing project, extending their knowledge and understanding of site-specific and occasion-specific contexts.

Technical skills are extended at this level through the development and application of resolved costume designs and costume construction for a focused context. This course consists of an introductory lecture, regular tutorials and practical workshops, extending the skills essential for costume design and construction, as well as effective, professional presentation of completed work.
Course description Working to a design brief for an externally facing context, students will respond creatively to a site-specific and an occasion-specific context. They will extend their knowledge of textiles, creative pattern cutting (both historical and contemporary) and design illustration techniques. This will lead to resolved design solutions communicated through digital design productions (design book) and the realization of a resolved costume make for specific performance context.

There will be an introductory presentation and discussion of the design brief and strategies for research and design development will be introduced. To promote individual creative responses, students will develop a design concept that meets the specific requirements of the design brief, before proceeding to research costume ideas and textile development appropriate to their interpretation of the design brief. Drawing upon their own research material, students will explore and finalise ideas for costume designs that meet the requirements of the performance context.

Alongside this research and design development, process students will be preparing a digital record of their on-going process for incorporation in a design book. To promote technical ability and promote practical problem solving, students will also undertake a series of pattern cutting exercises, before concentrating on the cut and construction of a costume developed from one of their final designs.
A life-drawing portfolio will also be developed as part of the student¿s body of research work. This will support creative exploration of costume illustration techniques and the evolution of a personal graphic style.
Students will be supported at all stages of the research and design through group discussion, regular design tutorials and practical workshop tuition.
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 Design.
Additional Costs Students will have to meet costs of calico for toile making and fabrics for costume making, and costs of design book printing and assembly. These will vary from student to student, depending on individual requirements.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesOnly available to visiting students in the Design School
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 14, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 72, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 300 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Students will submit the following:
1. Statement of design concept (word count 600 words). Costume research file, sketchbooks showing design development drawing, textile research file, record of historical pattern cutting exercises, portfolio of life drawing. (33.3%)
2. Resolved 3-D practical work: costume prototype (toile) and resolved costume make. (33.3%)
3. Resolved costume illustrations, technical drawings, design book (as digital file). (33.3%)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
All 3 Learning Outcomes are equally weighted.
Submission 1 is used to assess learning outcome 1
Submission 2 is used to assess learning outcome 2
Submission 3 is used to assess learning outcome 3
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course in the form of tutorials, group-work and verbal feedback for each project included within the course.

Formative feedback will be provided mid-way through the project brief, normally in week 5 or 6 for learning outcomes 1 & 3. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback within group presentations and critiques that will facilitate discussion and feedback with peers and staff.
Summative assessment will take place at the end of the semester 1 for learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3 via LEARN VLE, supported by written feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an increasingly exploratory engagement with a range of approaches to costume design, supported by a thorough body of research in response to parameters set within the project briefs.
  2. Demonstrate practical skill and knowledge of pattern cutting and costume construction.
  3. Communicate design solutions visually, verbally and in writing in a professional and appropriate format, relevant to current industry practice.
Reading List
Waugh, N. The Cut of Women¿s Clothes. Faber & Faber (1994)
Samara, T. Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop. Rockport (2005)
Foreman, G. A Practical Guide to Working in Theatre (Performance Books). Methuen Drama (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to research in a focused manner;
Apply creative problem solving to design challenges;
Demonstrate decision making and editing;
Demonstrate communication skills, both visual and verbal.
KeywordsPerformance context,Textile manipulation,Creative pattern cutting,Costume construction
Course organiserMs Ali Mitchell
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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