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DRAM6016 - Costume & Make-Up Design

Title:Costume & Make-Up Design
Long Title:Costume & Make-Up Design
Module Code:DRAM6016
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Drama
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: Lisa Zagone
Module Description: This skills-based module will explore the role of costume and make-up in the theatre.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 demonstrate knowledge of the historical development of costume
LO2 recognize and appreciate the role played by costume in the theatre
LO3 demonstrate a developing ability to apply make-up as appropriate to the needs of the character
LO4 demonstrate a growing competence in sewing and costume construction/assembly skills
LO5 develop a portfolio of costume designs for a chosen play
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Historical Development of Costume
An exploration of the historical development of costume
The Role of Costume in the Theatre
Costume as a tool for transformation, as a stimulus for character development and as a medium for reflecting the psychology of a character
Basic Sewing and Costume Construction Skills
Developing basic sewing and costume construction skills
Creating Effects with Make-Up
Basic principles and practice of make-up application, including make-up for special effects
Costume Design
Creating and presenting a portfolio of costume designs for a chosen play
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation on the historical development of costume, focusing on a particular historical period 1,2 20.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Continuous assessment of make-up application and basic sewing and costume construction skills 2,3,4 30.0 Every Week
Project Create a portfolio of costume designs for a selected play 1,2,5 50.0 Week 11
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture An exploration of costume and make-up for the theatre 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Instruction in costume design and construction and in make-up application 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual research and skills and portfolio development 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Ingham, Rosemary and Liz Covey 2003, The Costume Technician's Handbook, 3rd Ed., Heinemann Portsmouth, NH [ISBN: 0325004773]
  • Peacock, J. 1987, Costume 1066-1966. The Complete Guide to Costume Design and History in Over 950 Drawings, Thames & Hudson London [ISBN: 0500274045]
  • Vinther, Janus 2003, Special Effects Make-Up, Routledge [ISBN: 9780878301782]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Deirdre Clancy 2014, Designing Costume for Stage & Sceen, Batsford Ltd [ISBN: 184994153X]
  • Gretchen Davis 2012, The Makeup Artist Handbook, 2nd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240818946]
  • Burke, Morris Mary 2002, The Costume Book, Schiffer Pub. Atglen, PA [ISBN: 0764314858]
  • Dearing, Shirley; illustrations by Beth Tallakson 1992, Elegantly Frugal Costumes, Meriwether Pub. Co. Colorado Springs, CO [ISBN: 9780916260880]
  • Fernald, M., and E. Shenton 2006, Historic costumes and how to make them, Dover Publications Mineola, N.Y. [ISBN: 0486449068]
  • Ingham, R., and Liz Covey 1992, The Costume Designer's Handbook, 2nd revised Ed., Heinemann Portsmouth, NH [ISBN: 0435086073]
  • Rogers, Barb 2005, Costumes, Accessories, Props and Stage Illusions Made Easy [ISBN: 1-56608-103-3]
  • Thorne, Gary 2001, Designing Stage Costumes - A Practical Guide, Crowood Press [ISBN: 186126416]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 3 Elective
CR_GMUTH_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Musical Theatre 5 Elective
CR_GTHDR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre and Drama Studies 2 Mandatory

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