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Undergraduate Course: Performance Costume 3C: Re-thinking the Classics (DESI10080)

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 develops the students¿ creative response to a classic narrative, asking them to design for a contemporary interpretation. They will develop a design concept, alongside a character profile analysis for a cast of characters. They will then undertake research into historical and contemporary dress, developing through sketchbook work and textile exploration a set of costume design suitable for their personal interpretation of a classic text. Using their knowledge of historical dress and their textile research sampling, students will go on to make a resolved costume which creatively uses these resources. The course will extend student ability to research in depth and develop the level of their practical skill.
Course description The course will extend the students' ability to research in depth and to develop an increasingly personal design language. An introductory read-through of a classic narrative (script or libretto) will be followed by discussion of the text and its cast of characters. Strategies for research and design development will be presented, raising awareness of contemporary performance practice. Students will develop character profiles, alongside a general design concept for a contemporary interpretation of the text and a contemporary staging. They will then research costume and textile ideas appropriate to their interpretation. Drawing upon their research material, students will explore and finalize ideas for costume design for the set of characters under consideration.

Alongside the development of their research and their costume illustrations, students will use digital layout tools to maintain a record of their design process in a design book. There will also be a practical exploration of the dress classics of the past. Using their knowledge of historical dress and using their creative textile sampling students will go on to develop a costume toile and a fully resolved costume. This will be a creative response to both character and period dress, which will demonstrate their knowledge of historical cut and construction as well as developing their skill in costume construction. This practical exercise will extend to the creation of character-appropriate millinery. 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 a Degree Programme in the School of Design
Additional Costs Students will have to meet costs of calico for toile making and fabrics for costume making, and for 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:  23
Course Start Semester 2
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 are required to submit the following:
1. A research file, sketchbook of design development, a file of textile samples, portfolio of life drawing. (33.3%)
2. A costume toile and a completed, resolved costume make, as well as an item of millinery. (33.3%)
3. A design concept statement, a set of resolved costume illustrations, technical drawings and a design book (digital file). (33.3%)

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 normally in week 6. 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 written 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 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 materials and construction techniques, and extend pattern cutting skills.
  3. Communicate design solutions visually, verbally and in writing in a professional and appropriate format, relevant to current industry practice.
Reading List
Burnett, K. Make/believe: UK design for performance 2011-2015. Prague Quadrennial (2015)
Waugh, N. The Cut of Men¿s Clothes. Theatre Arts Books (1987)
Landis, D.N., FilmCraft: Costume Design, ILEX (2012)
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.
KeywordsHistorical and contemporary dress research,Textile research,Creative pattern cutting,Millinery
Course organiserMs Ali Mitchell
Course secretaryMiss Linsey McEwan
Tel: (01316) 515448
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