Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2023)


Costume, Fashion, Performance

Level 5 (15 credits)

The module examines the meanings produced by costume in theatre and film and fashion in the media and everyday life. It explores the relationship between clothing and performance historically and today. It considers how costume and fashion construct class, gender identity, sexual identity, race. It interrogates the fashion industry's relationship with colonial histories and with questions of ecology and sustainability. It offers students the opportunity to create a costume design portfolio and to bring their own interests in costume and fashion into conversation with theoretical questions of subjectivity.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take Costume, Fashion, Performance?
  • study the meanings made by costume in the theatre and film
  • explore the relationship between fashion and issues such as identity, cultural history, and the environment
  • create a costume design portfolio as a major part of the assessment on the module
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester Two
  1. Design Portfolio (2500 word equivalent), 60%
  2. Essay (1500 words), 40%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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