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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Arts University Bournemouth

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    18-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Historical Costume supports and develops advanced practitioners who have the ambition to explore, challenge and redefine the relationship between a historical artefact and the redesigned and interpreted costume in a contemporary context.

Course Information

MA Historical Costume engages you in the potential of performance design and garment construction to explore complex ideas; some of which could stray into other areas of artistic experimentation. Students may come to the course with a background in costume, fashion, textiles or theatre/performance design or you may have studied subjects from across the humanities including arts and performance.

This master’s programme supports and encourages you to investigate individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework, whilst developing a critical theoretical context for your work. The very special and unique nature of course delivery, through shared lectures, seminars, critiques and tutorials encourages both a ‘freewheeling’ atmosphere as well as an intense immersion in creative practice.

Whether you are interested in looking at historical influences or current socio-political issues related to dress, you will challenge the context of your study in design or historical costume construction within the broader framework of contemporary practice.

The course is supported by lectures and seminars in areas of dress history, construction and design to enable you to critically reflect on, and to consider the place of your practice within the discipline. Seminar discussion with a diverse range of artists will invite critique of students’ work. The intense testing of work and practice in a challenging but safe arena is a particular element of the MA programme and an innate strength of the learning process that is engendered at the Graduate School.

Areas of expertise within the course team include: Historical Costume Construction, Costume Design Skills, Scenography and Dress History.

The exciting potential of this course is the ability to experiment and innovate whilst you hone your skills as a maker or designer. It fosters originality and creativity in the application of techniques of enquiry, research and making. It locates your practice in the interdisciplinary and global context, be it theoretically based in historical research and analysis or on a live production involving the transformation of costume design from page to stage.

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University information

Arts University Bournemouth

  • University League Table

    48th

  • Campus address

    Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Poole, BH12 5HH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    18th out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    148 78%

    17th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    79 79%

    3rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.21 84%

    21st

    11

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