Unit 1 - Introduction to Costume for Theatre and Screen
This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.
Unit 2 - Designing and making
- Projects on research, design, construction and exploration of character
- Introductions to the college workshops utilising dye and print methods and 3D materials for use in final outcomes
- Explore sustainability and responsible contemporary costume practice
- Investigate different approaches to pattern cutting and construction
- Lectures on costume theory that will introduce a contextual understanding of dress and its impact on society
- Reflection on practice
Unit 3 - Exploring ideas
This unit builds upon and develops the broad range of technical processes, concepts and key ideas you have been introduced to.
- An introduction to ideas, debates and critical approaches associated with costume through a series of creative research lectures, seminars and discussions
- Projects in this unit will support a clear Design or Interpretation focus to allow you to begin to explore your specialist choice
- Communication of ideas through written and verbal presentations
Unit 4 - Who are you? Establishing practice
In this unit you will work collaboratively in groups to develop, design and produce a fully realised outcome for presentation in a live installation.
- You will use a set text that will allow you to broadly explore time, place and context.
- Work with a real body to create a performance for an invited audience.
- Tutorials and technical workshops to support construction of a wearable costume
- Reflection, evaluation and critique of your own and others work
Unit 5 - Practice as laboratory
This specialist unit gives you the opportunity to build upon the knowledge and skills established in the first year. You will work on a more challenging project within your chosen costume specialism.
- An introduction to more advanced skills and working methods
- You will establish professional working practices including fit, form and function
- Carry out research to support your 2D and 3D constructed work
- Lectures, talks, seminars and tutorials
- Work on your reflective journal
Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices
This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes:
- To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
- To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
- To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts
Unit 7 - Where in the world? Part 1
- A practical studio project specific to your specialism. This will enable you to make your first complete fully wearable costume
- You will engage with. and respond to broader concepts and themes within a creative research component. These might include, but are not limited to body, gender, genre, agency, authenticity, movement, audience, spatiality
- Apply for work placements to be undertaken in unit 8
Unit 8 - Where in the world? Part 2
This unit has 2 components:
- Self-directed project - will give you the opportunity to select what and how you want to learn
- Work placement - will give you an insight into the diverse career opportunities available in costume
Unit 9 - Finding your voice: portfolio design, crafting research skills, career planning
The work generated for your final year project will be self-directed and involve extended pieces of work. The unit has 3 components:
- Research portfolio - a visual and reflective project that shows your research voice within your studio work
- Professional portfolio - development of a portfolio for potential employment that articulates your aesthetic and personal identity
- Creative research - a research project which can be written, filmed or presented
Unit 10 - Show your work: independent practice
This final unit enables you bring together all the ideas and learning from the course.
- You will continue a self-directed programme of practice and related research
- Prepare your portfolio to help you enter the costume industry
- Present work in the college show
Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3
Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course.