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Costume and Set Design for Film and Theatre

Costume and Set Design for Film and Theatre

Wimbledon College of Arts
Taught by
Richard Sharples


Join Costume and Set Design for Film and Theatre and be introduced the process of character costume design and its role within a production. You will also gain an overview of the role of the set and costume designer within theatre and screen.

This hands-on project based course will ask you to respond to an exciting brief. You will learn how to extract key information from an initial concept then use it to develop costume and set designs that bring the characters and settings to life.

The course will be an opportunity for individual research and tutorial discussions. We will also set you a brief, which you’ll answer by producing a range of costume and set designs.

Topics Covered

  • Story telling
  • Story boards and mood boards
  • Scale model figures 
  • Please note this information may be subject to change.
  • Character development 
  • 3D making /costume designing
  • Model making
  • Detailed costume sketches or collages
  • Surface textures for model making and costume paintings

Course Outcomes
You will have created a scale model supported by sketches and illustrations. You’ll leave the course with a body of work comprising costume and set design that reflects your experience of answering project briefs. Your improved portfolio will reflect your newfound ability to identify the key points from your concept and use them to bring characters and their settings to life.

Who Should Attend
This course is ideal if you're thinking about a future in costume or set design for theatre or film and for those who are considering applying for further study in this field. It is also suitable for those who work in amateur dramatics or theatres groups.

Course Level

Student Reviews

'It was amazing - inspiring and instructive. Jackie is a wonderful open-minded teacher with an elaborate instinct for a person's abilities and affinities. That was one of the best weeks of my life!' - Jessica Ingram

"I enjoyed the course and gained a lot. Our teacher was great - very motivating and full of fabulous ideas." - Anon

Tutor Description

Richard Sharples has worked as a designer in film, television and theatre and has been a visiting lecturer for Central St. Martins, Wimbledon College of Arts and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is also a sculptor, film maker and installation artist with work held in the Museum of the Moving Image and the V&A Theatre collection.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • A3 Sketchbook

  • Set of pencils

  • Sharpener

  • Eraser

  • 30cm steel ruler

  • Pair of pliers (we can lend these to you if you do not already own a pair)

  • Small box of dressmaking pins

  • Roll of masking tape

  • Acrylic paint - basic set of primary colours, black and white tubes

  • Other colour materials - this can be Inks / Paint / Crayon or anything else you use

  • Brushes

  • UHU Glue

  • Paint palette or paper plate for mixing colours.

  • Magazines for inspiration (not Fashion magazines please)

  • Fabric samples

Most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Wimbledon College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Course Location

The August session of this course will take place at Chelsea College of Arts, please view details here: Costume and Set Design for Film and Theatre

Available dates