About the course
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 and to question and challenge your work.
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. 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 your 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 including 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. You’ll also be introduced to techniques for ageing and breaking down textiles in costume for a variety of performance areas. We’ll give you the chance to get out and about, with trips to current costume related exhibitions, performances and events.
In your third year, you can also take optional placements out in the world of costume to gain industry experience. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to design and make costumes for a wide range of performances, including theatre, opera, dance and film. Your final year culminates in a live performance or exhibition showcasing your graduate work.
Introduction to Costume Construction
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).
Introduction to Textiles for Costume
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).
Fashion and Costume: History and Contemporary Context
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).
Introduction to Costume Design and Illustration
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)
Textiles for Costume
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)
Costume Design and Context
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)
School of Art and Design Placement
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%).
Costume : Research and Development
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)
Costume : Technical
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)
Costume : Major Project
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
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
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.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**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.
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