MA Historical Costume supports and develops advanced practitioners who have ambition to explore, challenge and redefine the relationship between a historical artefact and the redesigned and interpreted costume in a contemporary context.
The MA student will, through research, scholarship, 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.
What you'll study
The MA Historical Costume course engages the student in the potential of performance design and garment construction to explore complex ideas; some of which could stray into other areas of artistic experimentation. Students may come to the course with a background in costume, fashion, textiles or theatre/performance 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 lectures, seminars, critiques and tutorials encourages both a ‘freewheeling’ atmosphere as well as an intense immersion in creative practice.
Whether students are interested in looking at historical influences or current socio-political issues related to dress, students will challenge the context of their study in design or historical costume construction within the broader framework of contemporary practice.
The course is supported by lectures and seminars in areas of dress history, construction and design 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 that is engendered at the Graduate School.
If you are a graduate of Arts University Bournemouth, or hold a 2.1 from another university, you may be eligible for a discount towards MA study at AUB. More details can be found here.
Studio & Resources
Students on the MA Historical Costume course benefit from specialist facilities and equipment, tailored to the studies of the course which reflects industry practice.
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Staff On The Course
BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Higher Diploma in Fine Art (HDFA) Slade and PGCE
As course leader and senior lecturer, I am responsible for the successful managing of the course of 220+ students and 8 staff, across 4 levels. The role requires that I develop curriculum and a diverse range of projects, managing student recruitment, expectation and achievement in a changing HE environment. Prior to my academic career I worked as a professional theatre designer (from 1988), designing for many national theatres including: The Riverside Studios, Watford Palace, Theatr Clwyd, The...Full profile
Your Interview & Portfolio
As part of your application to MA Historical Costume, we’ll invite you to interview and we’ll want to see your portfolio.
If you are unable to attend interview Admissions will request a link to an online portfolio. Please do not submit a portfolio until you have this request which will give details of how to submit to admissions. We will require a digital portfolio of approximately 20 images – please use these Portfolio Guidelines to help you prepare.
Studying at AUB
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