Costume Design for Performance

An introduction to the process of costume design for performance. The emphasis is on analysing character and developing a portfolio of costume renderings to support the dynamics of a playwright's characters and their situation. Through a process of creative visualisation a concept is established, which anticipates a performance and communicates ideas effectively to an audience...

Taught by: Laura Cordery.

Description

An introduction to the process of costume design for performance. The emphasis is on analysing character and developing a portfolio of costume renderings to support the dynamics of a playwright's characters and their situation. Through a process of creative visualisation a concept is established, which anticipates a performance and communicates ideas effectively to an audience.

You will finish with a combination of practical understanding of the industry’s design requirements, and a portfolio of project work reflecting the costume designer's creative process.

Topics covered

Project work will be centred on one playwright text, which will be used to encourage period exploration. The topics will include:

  • historical research
  • analysis of script for character breakdown
  • the role and responsibility of the costume designer
  • creative interpretation and concept development
  • story boarding and anticipating a performance communication through presentation of ideas in 2D
  • pre-production processes
  • the development of a critical eye for costume design

Who should take this course?

The course welcomes learners from a wide range of disciplines, including those wanting to develop, diversify and extend their current creative practices towards costume design for performance.

It is also suitable for those wishing to strengthen their portfolio for application to higher education studies in design for performance.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Related courses

If you want to broaden your skills and expand your portfolio for application to further studies in design for performance, we recommend that you also take our Set Design for Performance short course.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older


Tutor information

Laura Cordery is a UK based set and costume designer, primarily working in theatre but with experience in opera, dance and film. She graduated from RADA in 2010 in Theatre Set and Costume Design, and prior to this completed a BA Art History at Warwick University, which she continues to draw on as an invaluable point of reference and inspiration. Her work to date has been varied. She has designed set and costumes for a various for regional and London venues and some outside the UK, including numerous Shakespeare productions for the theatre on board the QM2, operas for Venetian Palazzos, storytelling pieces in transformed disused spaces, and creating sculptural playgrounds for musical and physical theatre pieces.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A3 Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Notebook
  • Pritt Stick Glue.

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
30/07/2018 - 03/08/2018Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C
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26/01/2019 - 23/02/2019Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
04/05/2019 - 01/06/2019Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£580Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket