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MA Historical Costume Welcome Guide - Overview
Your Welcome Guide

We're delighted to have you join us at Arts University Bournemouth, and hope that your time here will be rewarding, challenging, creative and enjoyable.

Welcome to the MA Historical Costume course

This welcome pack is designed to give you an idea of what to expect during the first weeks of your course. Please take the time to read it carefully and take particular note of the pre-course preparation. The team and I hope that you'll enjoy a happy and productive time with us and look forward to meeting you in October. If you are unable to join us in October we have a second start date available in February 2021, please contact if you wish to be moved to the February start.

A message from your Course Leader

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on gaining your place on the MA Historical Costume course. We look forward to welcoming you to Arts University Bournemouth when you arrive - prepare yourself for an exciting, challenging and a stimulating year with us.

There will be opportunities to research all aspects of historical costume, design and make for theatre and film projects. We also hope to work with museums on curatorial projects.

- Rebecca Pride, Associate Professor and Course Leader

Before you join us

We do not expect you to complete a complex summer project.

However, it would be very useful if you could write a 500-word Masters project proposal that outlines your:

  • General interests from a historical point of view
  • Exhibitions or written works that have inspired you
  • The contextual focus of your work at undergraduate level
  • The direction that your work might take during your Masters study
  • Please include a bibliography – the referencing guide is available here:

How to submit your summer project

We would expect you to submit your outline proposal after the 1st week of study here at AUB.

The Library here at AUB is extremely well resourced and includes all key texts that you will need. The list below indicates the key texts that will be useful throughout your studies, all of these are available from the Library at AUB. You might want to borrow a copy from your local library to look at before you arrive.

  • Barrett, E and Bolt, B.(eds.) (2007) Practice as Research: approaches to creative arts enquiry. London, Tauris 
  • Davidson, H. (2019) The Embodied Turn: Making and Remaking Dress as an Academic Practice, Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress Body & Culture. 23(1):1-34.
  • Edwards, L. (2017) How to Read a Dress. London, Bloomsbury.
  • Gray, C. and J. Malins (2004) Visualizing Research: a guide to the research process in art and design. Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Milda, I and Kim, A. (2015) The Dress Detective. London, Bloomsbury.
  • Sullivan. (2005) Art Practice as Research: inquiry in the visual arts. London: Sage Publications.

  • The Costume Society Journal
  • Studies in Costume and Performance
  • Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture.

  • Academia
  • The Association of Dress Historians
  • Studies in Costume and Performance

If you read one thing before you arrive, we recommend...

The Dress Detective.

Milda, I and Kim, A. (2015)

What to bring on your first day

  • Notepad and pens/pencils
  • Laptop
  • Your enthusiasm

We suggest that you bring the following items with you:

  • Notepad and pens/pencils
  • Laptop or computer
  • Memory stick for handing in work
  • External hard drive for backing up work
  • A camera – but a camera on a mobile phone should be fine
  • A sewing machine for those who intend to make costumes

Studio materials can vary from project to project, so do not worry too much about bringing anything specific with you. If you intend to make costumes then you will need a sewing kit, but all haberdashery items can be purchased from the department through the AUB online shop.

You are encouraged to bring your own Laptop and Mobile device to AUB to support Online Learning, Collaboration and Communication whilst at University.

We provide access to a range of free software and discounts on Apple and Dell hardware. We recommend that you wait until you have set up your AUB IT account to access this free software and discounted hardware if you are planning on investing in a new computer.

Even if your course does not specifically use Adobe Creative Cloud we would recommend that you try to make sure your computer is able to run this software.

We recommend that you format any external hard-drives/USB sticks to work on both Apple and Windows.

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Next Steps

Find out the useful dates and contact before you start here
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We are looking forward to welcoming you to MA Historical Costume this year in just a few weeks!