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Costume Design For Performance Short Course

Course description

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.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

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.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

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 bring with you to the first session:

  • 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
  • Laptop or iPad
  • USB stick

Meet the Tutor:

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.

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