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Undergraduate Course: Performance Costume 3B: Re-design and Critical Analysis (DESI10079)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryResearch is one of the key elements supporting studio practice. Students will respond creatively to a set assignment, generating a personal interpretative concept from which to develop a line of enquiry through research. This material will be developed into a costume design, expressive of their interpretation. Alongside they will undertake a series of written reviews, analysing the design element of a range of professional productions, developing their awareness of the professional context.
Course description In order to develop their research skills, students will be given a date on a timeline and asked to research the dress and textile design of that given period. Based on their given time period, students will develop costume ideas for a dramatic character. Working with a limited palette of textiles, they will be asked to explore the possibilities for generating a wide range of fabric samples, exploring texture and colour through dyeing, heat transfer, digital print, and textile manipulation. The student will produce a resolved costume design for the named character, referencing a given time period and drawing on their textile research. A set of supporting technical drawings will also be drawn up, and an item of millinery appropriate to time and character, also designed.

Alongside this work, students will show their increasing awareness of the professional context of costume design for performance and develop their analytical skills through writing a series of short critical design reviews of current theatre productions, cinema, exhibitions, etc. To promote technical ability and promote practical problem solving, students will also undertake a series of historical pattern cutting exercises as a means of researching the cut and construction of the fashions of the past. They will use this knowledge as a means of responding creatively to the clothing of the past, helping to develop their re-design of period costume.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on a Degree Programme in the School of Design
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:  22
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 36, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Students are required to submit the following:
1. File of historical dress research, file of textile samples, resolved period-costume inspired illustration. 40%
2. Set of 5-6 resolved historical pattern cutting exercises. 40%
3. Four 600-word critical reviews. 20%

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:

The Learning Outcomes are weighted 40/40/20:
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 mid-way through each of the project briefs. This will take the form of individual verbal feedback.
Group presentations and critiques will facilitate discussion and feedback with peers and staff and will be integrated within projects.
Summative feedback will be provided via LEARN VLE, subsequently supported by tutorials for discussion of 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. Explore historical pattern cutting and construction techniques.
  3. Communicate awareness of the professional costume design context.
Reading List
Arnold, J. Patterns of Fashion 3: c.1560-1620. Macmillan (1985)
Drucker, J. The Century of Artists' Books. Granary Books (2004)
Maclaurin, A. & Monks, A. Costume (Readings in Theatre Practice). Palgrave (2014)
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.
KeywordsDesign concept,Costume research,Developmental drawing,Textile research,Historical pattern cutting
Course organiserMs Ali Mitchell
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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