MACostume Scenography

Course Overview

The MA Costume Scenography course engages the student in the potential of performance design and garment construction to explore complex ideas that may stray into other areas of artistic experimentation. Students may come to the course with a background in costume, fashion, textiles, and theatre design or may have studied subjects from across the humanities including arts and performance. This masters programme supports and encourages the student to investigate individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework, whilst developing a critical theoretical context for their work. The very special and unique nature of course delivery, through shared lecture, seminars and critiques and tutorials encourages both a ‘free wheeling’ atmosphere as well as an intense immersion in creative practice.

MA Costume Scenography supports and develops advanced practitioners who have ambition to explore, challenge and redefine the roles and relationships between costume, performance space and ‘audience’. The MA student will, through research, scholarship, conceptual enquiry and the making of work, strive toward innovative solutions to complex and individual creative proposals that are the central focus for their personal and artistic development.

Whether students are interested in looking at historical influences or current socio-political issues, students will challenge their practice in design or costume construction by considering the context of performance within the broader framework of contemporary practice.

The course is supported by lectures and seminars in areas of performance to enable students to critically reflect on, and to consider the place of their practice within the discipline. Seminar discussion with a diverse range of artists will invite critique of students’ work. The intense testing of work and practice in a challenging but safe arena, is a particular element of the MA programme and an innate strength of the learning process.

Areas of expertise within the course team include: skills and practice including examination of the boundaries of design across disciplines, abstract performance art and digital platforms used as means to explore costume and set design methodologies as well as making and construction skills both abstract and historical.

The exciting potential of this course is the ability to experiment and innovate whilst you hone your skills a theatre arts practitioner. It fosters originality and creativity in the application of techniques of enquiry, research and making. It locates your practice in the interdisciplinary and global context, be it theoretically based in historical research and analysis or on a live production seeing the transformation of design from page to stage.