BA (Hons) Study AbroadCostume and Performance Design

Course Overview

Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but do not necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Students are fully integrated with our BA (Hons) students in an exciting, creative University environment.

Semester Study Abroad Costume and Performance Design course addresses design and manufacture for the performance industry with specific focus on developing a conceptual understanding of performance design.

You will be introduced to different fundamental theories, techniques and processes relevant to Costume and Performance Design. It will look at the context of costume within the film, television and theatre industries and will develop creative and technical approaches to costume design and interpretation.

You will explore a given dramatic text, analyse the script, explore the communication of character and consider theatre spaces. You will investigate a dramatic production that challenges contemporary, historical and cultural forms, through the integration of theory and research with practical studies. There will be opportunity to realise a costume design from 2D to 3D and apply your skills and techniques of costume construction to produce a costume.

You will develop your creative and aesthetic understanding through the visual realisation of your design. The course will develop your conceptual thinking and specialist techniques in design, construction or supervision along with fabric selection, dyeing and manipulation.

The course allows you to explore and improve your creativity, problem solving skills and autonomous learning whilst further consolidating your professional development planning. You will consider emerging issues and perceptions of traditional and historical contexts, and potential developments in the framework of postmodern performance.

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other types of programmes, such as bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 853608 or email