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Costume and Set Design for 16 to 18 Year Olds Online Short Course

Course description

Join Costume and set design for teenagers, aged 16 to 18 years olds and step behind the scenes as you enter the magical world of film and theatre! We will waste no time in getting you experimenting and exploring with a range of materials and techniques.

Working with an enthusiastic and experienced artist, you will to translate your costume and set ideas into sketches, illustrations and small-scale models as you find out what goes on behind the scenes of theatre and screen, as you bring characters and settings, magically, to life.

Course outcomes

You will have created a scale model supported by sketches and illustrations. You'll leave the course with a small body of work including costume and set designs. You will have gained a greater understanding of the steps involved with developing your ideas and bringing characters and their settings to life.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for students aged 16 to 18 years, with an interest in art and design. No prior experience is required. An ideal experience for students with an interest in theatre, film and performance, or for those considering further studies in art and design.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

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

All our online short courses include:

  • Live online lessons
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content
  • Forums for support

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.

Digital Credentials (badges and certificates)

Students will receive a UAL Short Courses digital badge and certificate on completion of the course. Digital credentials are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments and stand out from the crowd. Find out more about our digital badges and credentials.

Available dates

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


Topics covered

  • Story-telling
  • Storyboards and mood boards
  • Scale model figures
  • Character development
  • 3D making /costume designing
  • Basic model making
  • Detailed costume sketches or collages
  • Surface textures for both model making and costume paintings


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

Course specific materials

Please source the following materials:

  • A3 Sketchbook
  • Set of pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Magazines for inspiration (not Fashion magazines please)
  • Fabric samples
Meet the Tutor:

Costume and set design for teenagers, aged 16 to18 yearsoldsand step behind the scenes as you enter the magical world of film and theatre!

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