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Costume Design for Performance Online Short Course

Course 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 industrys design requirements, and a portfolio of project work reflecting the costume designer's creative process.

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain in easy to understand accessible English, if they use any special terminology we make sure they explain what it is they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained to you in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • We even include live demonstrations of particular techniques so that you can see exactly how things should be done.
  • We also offer a bunch of learning resources for you to access outside of the live lessons. This allows you to ensure you are up to date and you can practice and review the things that are important to you. Practice makes perfect after all!

Live interactive classrooms:

  • We like to do things the right way, that's why all of our online classes are live, you won't find any recordings here (well apart from the recording we provide in case you miss a live session)
  • Expect live interaction with your classmates from around the world, our students come from far and wide
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Discuss topics related to your course in real time via your microphone and camera or if you're not feeling brave, in the chat box
  • Miss a class? Thats ok you can catch up in a recording which is available for 2 weeks after your course runs

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are a great addition to your C

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

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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


Please source the following materials:

  • A3 Sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Notebook
  • Pritt Stick Glue
  • Markers
  • Watercolour or gouache paint
  • Ink
  • Water soluble colour pencils
  • Brushes in various sizes
  • Watercolour and/or marker paper

Access to a printer is ideal (but not mandatory).

Space to draw is necessary.

Meet the Tutor:

An introductory course 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.

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