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Introduction to Costume and Set Design Short Course

Course description

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 youll answer by producing a range of costume and set designs.

Course outcomes
You will have created a scale model supported by sketches and illustrations. Youll 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.


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

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered
  • Story telling
  • Story boards and mood boards
  • Scale model figures 
  • Character development 
  • 3D making
  • Model making
  • Costume designing – sketches or collages
  • Surface textures for model making and costume paintings


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

  • A3 sketchbook
  • Set of pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • 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

Meet the Tutor:

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

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