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DL 829 - BA (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design)

Course Type: CAO and Third Level
Institute Name: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology
Fee: -
Duration: 4 Years
Course Locations: County Dublin

Course Details

Theatre, film and television are highly visual practices. They all require the expert input of the designer to imagine and create their physical environments, to generate character and costume, and to organise the overall visual experience of the work.

A Costume Designer is concerned with character and characterisation. Whether for stage (theatre, dance, opera etc) or screen (film, television), the designer works initially with the director and other members of the creative team to establish the visual style of the costumes. The work may involve the recreation of an historical character and period or the invention of a completely imagined world; in all cases the costume designer will enjoy meticulous research, sourcing fabrics and details and ultimately working closely with actors to create exactly the right visual effect.

Costume Designers work as part of a team, which can include a costume supervisor, makers and tailors and wardrobe assistants who work backstage or stand by on set.


What will I do?

–– Learn how clothes help create character and characterisation, whether for stage or screen.

–– Experience being part of a creative team – this may include a costume supervisor, makers and tailors and wardrobe assistants – backstage or stand by on set. A costume

designer works initially with the director and creative team to establish the visual style of the costumes.

–– Gain the skills necessary to recreate historical characters and periods, or to invent a completely imagined world.


What modules will I study?

Common Year 1

Digital Support Studies | Introductory Studies I – Design for Performance | Introductory Studies II – Design for Stage (Theatre) | Introductory Studies III – Design

for Screen (Film) | Design for Stage or Screen I | Critical + Contextual Studies I | Common Faculty Module.

Year 2

Four common modules: Photography + Documentation | Exploration + Experimentation | Critical + Cultural Studies II | Faculty Elective.

Technical Skills Studies – Costume Construction | Design for Screen – Period Costume Design | Personal Design Project – Costume.

Year 3

Work Placement/Practical Experience | Professional Studies | Critical + Contextual Studies | Collaboration Project (Across Course) | Advanced Discipline Practice – Costume.

Year 4

Directed minor project | Self-selected major project | Business + Entrepreneurship module (culminates in Graduate Showcase) | Dissertation and/or documented research project.


A portfolio submission is required for this course.

CAO application deadline: 1st February annually.

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