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.