17 September 2018
3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
A Level - BBB
BTEC - DMM
So much goes into designing and creating a successful costume. You’ll analyse, interpret and make the visual elements of character expression and storytelling through the relationship between costume, the body and movement. We’ll encourage you to take risks, to question and challenge your work in order to broaden your knowledge and experience of what costume can be and to develop your own individual approach as a costume practitioner.
Working from classic and contemporary texts, you’ll investigate design, textiles and construction techniques to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of costume. We’ll look at experimentation in costume design and illustration, textile artistry, advanced pattern cutting and construction techniques, bespoke garment fitting and final costume realisation, fit for a chosen performance genre. You’ll also have the chance to develop professional costume skills such as text/music/character analysis, in-depth visual and contextual research methods, communication and presentation practice and applying reflection and evaluation to practical/written work.
On the practical side, you’ll learn textiles specialisms including embroidery and print, as developed and used in the costume field. Our design, construction and textiles studios are home to facilities which help bring your ideas to life such as computer aided design (CAD), and traditional and contemporary embroidery and printing techniques including hand crafting, laser cutting and digital printing. Our dyeing, printing, embroidery and construction workrooms have specialist equipment so you can work on surface textile techniques and sophisticated costume construction methods. As a finishing touch to your costumes, you can distress and break down fabrics and garments in our purpose built spray booth so your creations really tell your character’s story.
We’ll also give you the chance to get out and about, with inspiring trips to current costume related exhibitions, performances and events. Essential visits are embedded within the course and will be funded by the University. Each year of study culminates in a live performance and exhibition showcasing graduate costumes.
If you have the vision we’ll try to make it happen and at the end of the course you will have had the opportunity to design, integrate textiles and produce costumes for a wide range of performance genres, including theatre, opera, dance, film and television.
This module helps you to develop the knowledge needed to transfer a design concept into a three-dimensional costume. You’ll be introduced to appropriate sewing methods for toile and costume construction, and the basic principles of flat pattern cutting, basic block manipulation and experimentation with cut. You will be asked to produce a comprehensive file of patterns and samples. (100% construction file).
In this module a series of practical workshops will introduce you to basic skills in a variety of drawing and textile processes and techniques, developing your ability to creatively explore textiles for costume. Colour palette and knowledge of fabric types and quality will also be explored and form a crucial part of the process. (100% portfolio).
This module provides an introduction to key historical, cultural, political, social and economic contexts which affect our readings of fashion and costume practices. It will include a review of stylistic change and how it has been influenced by key macro trends, cultural movements and also socio-political and technological change. The research and performance contexts of fashion and costume practices will also be considered. (40% group presentation/60% individual assignment).
This module introduces script analysis, character interpretation and visual methods of design for costume, selected from a range of performance areas. We’ll help you to understand methods of script analysis and character analysis, in order to inform the design development process. We’ll also introduce you to illustration techniques which explore a variety of media and methods. (100% portfolio)
This module aims to develop your textile specialism by experimentation with techniques and processes. You will be encouraged to express your creativity through visual research and design development, characterisation and textile sampling. You will be involved in personal assignments which develop an individual approach to creating textiles. (100% portfolio)
This module aims to develop your ability to independently research in order to express individual interpretation for script analysis, characterisation and design development. Through a series of lectures and workshops, you’ll have the chance to appraise and evaluate the results of the research and design development work, to clearly identify and establish your specialism within a design context. (100% Portfolio)
This module introduces more advanced pattern cutting and costume construction methods. This will help you develop skills in prop-making and introduce you to techniques used for the ageing and breaking down of costumes for a variety of performance areas. Through your interpretation of historical and contemporary silhouettes, you will be asked to produce toiles and finished costumes as well as any appropriate accessories. (100% portfolio)
You will normally spend a total of 48 weeks between the end of year two and the beginning of your final year in a managed work experience. You will be encouraged to obtain a placement activity relevant to your area of specialism, however a wide range of placements will be regarded as suitable. The placement will be monitored and you will be assessed on completion. (100%).
This module aims to establish and inform your major project by identifying a theme/subject/issue relevant to your practice. The module will re-emphasise the importance of in-depth research, within which you will be encouraged to demonstrate originality, pro-activity and innovation. You’ll have the chance to define the context and parameters of this module yourself through negotiation and ongoing dialogue with your tutors. (100% research portfolio)
This module enables you to complement your major project by undertaking an in-depth market/technical analysis and evaluation of your finalised design. You will be able to extend and apply your knowledge of manufacturing, production and specification design to your design practice: products, environments, buildings, materials etc. You will be asked to demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of market, technical, manufacturing and economic aspects relating to your design solutions. (20% oral presentation/80% final piece of assessment)
You will be supported in building upon and testing research developed in THD1363 Research and Development. You will be encouraged to channel your creative and intellectual skills, either as an individual, or as part of a collaboration or interdisciplinary team, to create innovative original or highly professional proposition(s) appropriate to your discipline through, for example, sketchbooks, design sheets, design outputs. You will be asked to realise the potential for your major project based on your intentions and create a coherent group of statement pieces. (100% design project)
27% of the study time on this course is spent in tutorials, practical demonstrations, lectures etc.
You will encounter studio based tutorials and practical demonstrations taught by specialist staff and designers, who will monitor your progress throughout the course. Your assessment will include design-work portfolios, written assignments and seminar presentations, individually and in groups.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.
BBBat A Level or equivalent
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 overall and no less than 5.5 in any component (academic or general test).
You will also be required to attend a satisfactory interview, when strong emphasis will be placed on the quality of your portfolio.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.
If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
A gallery of work from our Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) students and graduate shows. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see work from across the School of Art, Design and Architecture on our gallery page.
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