Module Identifier DR22510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Simon Banham  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR23810  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hour  
  Workshop   1 x 2 day workshop  
  Workshop   6 Hours 6 x 2 hour practical workshops  
Assessment Project work   Working notebook - 20%, Design proposition - 80%   100%  


- To introduce students to the principles and practice of costume design in contemporary theatre and performance.
- To focus on practical costume design research and methodologies.
- To initiate a process that questions the necessity and phenomenon of costume.

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module, the student will be able:

- To analyse the role and employment of costume within the construction and presentation of public performance.
- To demonstrate an increased sensitivity for the fundamental properties of costume, and the consequences contingent upon their manipulation.
- To employ a vocabulary and practice sufficiently developed to enable the formation and articulation of initial design concepts.
- To employ research material (both documentary evidence and physical resources) that supports and informs a costume design.


A series of inter-related practical assignments explored and analysed across ten distinct workshop seminars developing perceptual awareness and methods of articulation through individual responses to a shared brief.
These workshops lead into and inform the production of a theoretical design/scenographic proposition.
The weekend workshop brings diverse design disciplines together to collaborate in the conception and fabrication of a themed 'event'.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Berger, John. (1986) Ways of Seeing. BBC/Penguin
Laver, James. (1985) Costume & Fashion, A concise History. Thames & Hudson
Peacock, John. (1991) The Chronicle of Western Costume. Thames & Hudson
Barba, Eugenio & Savarese, Nicola. (1991) The Secret art of the Performer. Routledge
Shaw, Phyllida (ed.). (1996) Make Space! (Design for Theatre and Alternative Spaces). S.B.T.D.
Ruthven, Peter & Burnett, Kate (eds.). (1999) Time + Space (Design for Performance). S.B.T.D.
** Recommended Text
Racinet, Albert. (1988) The Historical Encyclopedia of Costume. Studio Editions