BA (Hons) Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance
Find out about our excellent workshops, teaching by industry practitioners and work placement opportunities on this prosthetics design course.
Places available 2018/19
This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.
You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.
Our excellent workshops, teaching by industry practitioners and work placement opportunities will help you to succeed as a designer and maker of costume, working to support and transform performance.
The BA Costume for Performance course is situated in the School of Media and Communication, and is for students who are interested in designing and making costume for performance. This includes the broad categories of theatre, film, music and television, as well as more specialised or multi-disciplinary performances where several elements are combined.
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The course integrates the intellectual demands of interpreting a text, or other written element, with the specialised design and craft skills required for the creation of original costumes.
The cultural and historical context of the subject is explored, to enhance the design and realisation of the practical work. Working in performance is always a collaborative venture, where the success of the production depends upon the joint efforts of a number of creative and specialised designers and makers, who work together with the director and performers.
Students on this course have the advantage of being able to work with students from the related disciplines of 3D effects and hair, make-up and prosthetics. Students have the opportunity to do a short work placement in the industry, and there are several industry-facing projects within the course. The course currently has a relationship with the Royal Ballet School where students have the opportunity to do work placements in the Costume Department at the Covent Garden and Richmond Park schools. All the subject tutors teaching on the course are practitioners with extensive experience of the industry.
Year one - stage one - level 4 - 120 credits
Introduction to Design for Performance (20 credits)
The Body: 3D and Costume Construction (20 credits)
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Modifying the Form (20 credits)
Consolidation and Collaboration (40 credits)
Year two - stage two - level 5 - 120 credits
Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Period and Contemporary Menswear (20 credits)
Situating Your Practice: Performance Placement/Situating Your Practice: International Study Performance/Situating Your Practice: Independent Performance Proposal(40 credits)
Research Methods for Performance (20 credits)
Creative Collaboration (20 credits)
Third year - stage three - level 6 - 120 credits
Concept and Design Development (20 credits)
Terms one and two
Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation (40 credits)
Term two and three
Final Major Project (60 credits)
Students on this course might be invited to participate in study trips. This may involve, for example, visits to key areas of capital cities, factories, stores and museums. Attendance on these trips is not compulsory but recommended. Details regarding timings and costs will be issued closer to the relevant trips.
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Design for Performance introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.
The Body: 3D and Costume Construction unit introduces you to the fundamental principles underlying the construction of costume for a performer that enhances or distorts the performer in order to create character. You will research and explore a number of techniques and approaches, and record this in a visually appropriate and informative way. You will learn the basic skills of design interpretation, costume cut and construction, and explore three-dimensional approaches to realising the shape of the performing body. You will develop an understanding of how basic techniques can be used creatively, and will be encouraged to work in an enquiring and innovative way.
In the second term you will study two units.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about fashion and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.
In the Modifying the Form unit you will work on a focussed design project that will extend your design development process through storyboards, experimentation, drawing and 3D exploration. Your ability to understand a set of characters from a given text will be developed, and the development of design ideas will be explored. This will enable you to produce a set of final designs for a chosen performance context. .Workshops will give you the opportunity to explore how the human body can be modified, adapted, extended and distorted through the use of additions to the body such as padding, frames and corsetry. You will learn how to translate 2D and 3D ideas, and you will extend your costume making techniques.
In the third term you will do the Consolidation and Collaboration unit, which allows you to demonstrate your progress through a collaborative project with students from the other performance disciplines. You will undertake research, design development and presentation as part of a group, using 2D and 3D approaches to produce a joint innovative solution to the brief, working within an agreed design aesthetic to design and realise characters from a script or text.. You will use both experimental and traditional methods to realise your work in a contemporary performance context.
In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Also studied in the first term, the Period and Contemporary Menswear unit allows you to develop knowledge and skills for the design, pattern cutting and production of period and contemporary tailored garments for men. You will gain an increased understanding of the importance of research as a basis for creative cutting and design development, and establish the relationship between research, cutting and design and construction. Your knowledge of how techniques can be used creatively in the technical development of bespoke tailored garments will be developed.
Second term options:
Situating Your Practice: Performance Placement aims to develop your professional skills within an industry environment. On your placement you will be able to experience the pace, atmosphere and discipline of working in the industry. This will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations within the industry. The unit requires a minimum of 60 work placement hours.
Situating Your Practice: International Study Performance provides an opportunity to apply previous learning whilst studying your subject in a different institution. You will develop skills within your practice and gain credits for your current course whilst engaging with the academic culture of your host institution. The unit also demands a critical approach to the management of your own learning through reflection and planning.
Please note: we are unable to guarantee that every course will have an agreement with a partner host institution. As such, this unit is subject to availability. There will be a selection and application process for students who are interested in applying to take this unit of study.
Situating Your Practice: Independent Performance Proposal aims to develop your professional skills as an independent initiator of performance, relevant to your subject discipline. Many contemporary performances are inspired by lost stories, artefacts, paintings or specific spaces reinvented to uncover a narrative appealing to a contemporary audience. Engaging with work from a major cultural institution, you will create a response and propose a live or recorded performance for a contemporary audience.
In the third term you will do two units.
Research Methods for Performance introduces the research methods that you will employ for both your Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation and your Final Major Project that you will undertake in the third year. You will start to consider the proposal for your dissertation, and you will learn about two key stages, the literature review and the research, how they relate to each other and how they relate in the wider context of Cultural and Historical Studies. You will look at the relationship between primary and secondary sources, ways of developing and originating research, and ways of realising the research appropriate to Cultural and Historical Studies. In parallel with this you will be starting to prepare for your Final Major Project by analysing your career direction and identifying an area of research and practice that you would like to pursue.
The Creative Collaboration unit gives you the opportunity to work with other students to design and realise characters for a narrative. Working in a small group you will together choose a context for the performance. You are encouraged to look at a new area that you have not designed for before, such as film, television, dance, theatre, opera, music video, advertising or fashion film. You are encouraged to collaborate with performers and students from other disciplines.
In the first term you will do the Concept and Design Development unit. This develops the work done in Research Methods for Performance. You will be encouraged to prepare for your Final Major Project by exploring and considering the theoretical and professional contexts of your work through in-depth research, development and experimentation. You will work to a narrative and selected performance context and will develop an appropriate methodology, paying attention to narrative, audience and production values. You will explore new ideas, processes and methods, and take risks and experiment with design and production values, working to an intended location / performance site and audience.
You may choose to focus on one line of enquiry, or produce a series of small test projects, or explore a range of research avenues and methods.
In the first and second terms you will complete a major piece of written work for the Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation unit. This allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the critical and analytical perspectives developed within cultural and historical theory, and how you can apply these theoretical perspectives in a specific study, which you will have already identified in the third term of the second year. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake primary and secondary research that examines in depth cultural issues relating to a particular aspect of fashion, lifestyle, the body, performance or the media, and to produce a written piece of work that reflects the critical debates around your chosen topic.
The Final Major Project, undertaken in the second and third term, gives you the opportunity to produce a coherent body of original, creative and fully resolved work that will support your entry into the industry. Through your research, design development and project proposal you will produce work that demonstrates innovation, design development, the application of advanced technical skills and a high level of understanding of design for costume for performance. You will be expected to manage your time effectively with reference to your written project proposal produced in the autumn term.
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.
I actively encourage all year groups to work together and learn from each other and I try to spend as much of my time as possible in the work rooms to facilitate my students technical needs.
Jax Black, Senior Costume Technician
The Performance courses share an excellent range of facilities across the programmes, including several costume-making studios with pattern cutting tables, overlockers and industrial sewing machines, a suite of specialist rooms for casting and mould making, plaster, fibreglass, latex, silicones and other resins, a sculpting studio, a wig-making and hair styling studio, and prosthetics and make-up studios with live ‘camera to TV’ link. Students also have access to a large VAC former, laser cutter, print and dye room, a large spray booth, and additional access on site to design studios and IT suites.
Giulia Pecorari is the Course Leader for BA Costume for Performance.
Claire Christie trained at the University of the Creative Arts at Epsom in fashion design. Following graduation she began her career in costume for theatre, film and television, working over the years on many notable period and contemporary productions. She has made costumes for Judi Dench, Helena Bonham-Carter, Angelina Jolie, Maggie Smith, Dawn French and many others. Film credits include James Bond 007 films Goldeneye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Elizabeth (1998), Topsy Turvy (1999), Tomb Raider (2003), and Vera Drake (2004). Her most recent film work includes Harry Potter (2005), A Mighty Heart (2007) working with Angelina Jolie, and Easy Virtue (2008) working with Jessica Beale. Opera and theatre commissions include productions for English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera and the Chichester Festival, working with designers including Alison Chitty, Nicky Gillibrand, Maria Bjornson, and William Dudley. Claire’s teaching career has included Associate Lectureships at Central Saint Martins and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Programme Leader on the Costume Design and Interpretation course at Central School of Speech and Drama. She combines her teaching on this course with being a tutor on the MA Costume Design for Performance in the Graduate School at LCF.
Ali Ruth works as a visual artist and designer in various media across the Performing Arts. He has worked as a fashion designer in Paris and London before starting his research and practice in performance. Initially trained at Central Saint Martins (BA Womanswear) and London College of Fashion (MA Costume Design), Ruth’s practice focuses on the performative nature of costumes with a research interest in costumes as autonomous art objects, questioning the perception of costumes outside the immediate / alternative performance contexts. He currently lecturers Research for Performance across the Undergraduate Performance Courses at London College of Fashion and works as an Associate Lecturer with the MA Fashion Futures Course, where he focuses on studio practice and speculative design approaches. His research interests are in speculative design for the Performing Arts, wearable technology in performance and Critical Design in performance. Ali’s work has received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Credits include the 2013 Linbury Prize for Stage Design, The 2009 Jenny Packham Bursary and the 2011 BMUKK International Scholarship. Recent design commissions include Scottish Dance Theatre and Extant Theatre Company amongst other international exhibitions.
Jessica Curtis trained at the Motley Theatre Design Course and has vast experience designing productions. She has been production designer for Grovesnor Park Open Air Theatre for 2013- 2015 seasons and has been elected to Equity's Directors and Designers committee. She has taught at Motley school of theatre design, RADA and designed projects at Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity College of Music, RADA, and Guildhall. Jess currently teaches design across the Performance programme. Credits include, The Holy Rosenbergs (National Theatre), The Kingdom (Soho Theatre), The Little Prince (Hampstead Theatre), Endgame (Liverpool Everyman), Dangerous Corner (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End), The Wizard of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre), Rhapsody, Fantasy (The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House), Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse), Rookery Nook (Oxford Stage Company), Frankenstein (Frantic Assembly, Royal Theatre Northampton), The Nordic Bar, Rekordelig Bar, Fosters VIP Bar (The Udderbelly, Southbank), Another Door Closed (Peter Hall Company), Man of Mode (RADA), First Person Shooter (The Door, Birmingham Rep), The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Southbank Centre, Young Vic), She Stoops to Conquer and Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse, Barbican PIT, USA tour). Electra (Manteatern, Lund), Pygmalion (Uppsala Statsteatre), Mary Stuart, Much Ado about Nothing (Hipp, Malmo Stadsteatre), Black Crows (Clean Break at the Arcola and tour), Sugar Sugar (Bush Theatre), A Special Relationship (York Theatre Royal and tour), Fields of Gold, Soap (Stephen Joseph Theatre), The Daughter in Law, The Beauty Queen of Lenane (Watford Palace Theatre) Jess has also designed several productions for the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle under-Lyme; The Royal Theatre Northampton, Salisbury Playhouse and the Watermill Theatre.
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This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.
Please note, this course has places available for UK and EU applicants only for 2018/19 entry. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.
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This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.
Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed for international applicants. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.
International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:
Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.
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For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.
We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.
For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information.
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page, read carefully and look at the relevant documents.
What we look for
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement, a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the International Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about the portfolio application process.
For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: drawing skills; life drawing; research skills; process; 3D; photography; and vocational skills.
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: an understanding of the performing arts; a cultural awareness; visual awareness evidenced through portfolio work; a motivation for working in the performance industry; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a vocational focus towards costume.
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and What we look for sections.
Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.
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Deferred entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.
Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing email@example.com about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.
Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.
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All of our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent Costume graduates from this course have gone on to work as designers, makers and supervisors, both contracted and freelance, in film, television, theatre, music promotions, opera and fashion. These jobs include designers at English National Opera and New York Met, ladies maker at Glyndebourne, marketing at Jasper Conran, wardrobe on Holby City, Head of Wardrobe on Lion King, menswear maker at RSC, menswear cutter at ENO, designer on BBC Vision, and fashion stylist. This year two graduates have been selected as finalists for New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art Show 2014. This year one graduate has secured a traineeship at the BBC, one is working on the Ridley Scott film Exodus at Pinewood Studios, another on the feature film, Jupiter Ascending, and another with the renowned milliner, Philip Treacy.