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Performance Costume - BA (Hons)
From the start, you will be immersed in an exciting programme of discovery. You’ll explore the role of art and design in a modern society and, in particular, the role of costume design in the performing arts. You will learn to respond to text, music and performance concepts and to develop designs for costume that are simultaneously innovative and supportive of the performer’s role. You will develop a repertoire of core skills, ranging from research, design development and illustration to pattern cutting and costume construction.
Who should study the BA (Hons) in Performance Costume?
Anyone with a passion for costume and a strong interest in the performing arts. If you have found yourself excited by costume in theatre, film, opera, musicals or dance, and longed to be involved in the creation of memorable and exciting images through costume, then this course is for you.
Join a vibrant creative community
Within ECA, you’ll find yourself at the heart of a dynamic community. You’ll be ideally placed to study the interaction between costume and the other arts, such as fashion, textiles, jewellery, film, animation, illustration, installation and dance, and to take part in collaborations across the College.
You’ll be supported by academic staff and practitioners from the world of costume design. All will have specialist skills which will add to the range of your knowledge. And during your studies, you’ll have the chance to attend guest lectures from a range of inspirational creative designers.
Skills and careers
Throughout the programme, the skills you’ll gain will lead you towards the development of personal projects in your final year, a year when you can put your most exciting ideas into practice. And with your wide skills base, when you graduate, you’ll be ready for a whole range of design-related careers in the creative arts, education and media.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- You will develop both your creative and practical skills, enabling you to design well thought-out, wearable, innovative and expressive costumes for a range of performing arts contexts.
- You'll be at the heart of a community of like-minded creatives within the School of Design and ECA, supported by leading academics.
- You will develop personal projects in your final year, putting your most exciting ideas into practice.
- You'll graduate with the skills to enter a wide range of design-related careers in the creative arts, education and media.
- You will have the opportunity to showcase your work in our internationally-acclaimed ECA Fashion Show.
Megan Baker, Programme Director
Megan Baker is the Programme Director for the BA (Hons) and MA/MFA programmes in Performance Costume at ECA. A practitioner herself, she has been designing costumes nationally and internationally for over 20 years, including shows for London’s West End. Most recently, Megan has designed the costumes for Ana at Théâtre Espace Go (Montreal) and Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), and The Guid Sisters, Union and The Iliad at the Royal Lyceum Theatre (Edinburgh). In her early career, Megan supervised the costumes for many productions including two Mike Leigh shows and the inaugural production of Henry V with Jenny Tiramani and Mark Rylance at the Globe Theatre, recreating authentic Elizabethan clothing using hand techniques from surviving inventories. | View staff profile >
Kim Bergsagel, Puppetry
Kim Bergsagel (Vision Mechanics) is a puppeteer, designer and performer. She makes puppets and sculptures out of a variety of materials for the theatre, television and outdoor installations. Her previous work includes a carved, 8-metre puppet called “Big Man Walking”, and a Chinese Dragon which can be seen as a permanent exhibition hanging from the ceiling in The Royal Museum of Scotland.
Sarah Green, Life Drawing
Sarah is a practising artist who teaches life drawing and illustration to all year groups on the Performance Costume programmes. | View staff profile >
Dave House, Design books
Dave is a graphic and web designer, sound artist and electronic musician. He teaches graphic design techniques and best practices on the Performance Costume programmes, helping students to develop their portfolios into professional design books.
Sara Keith, Textiles
Sara has 15 years of experience working as a textile and costume designer, she has a PHD in Textiles and carries out research in textile design. She lectures on a broad range of textile processes – stitch, dye, 3D, print, fabric manipulation – to develop students’ textile knowledge from fabric to final costume.
Becky Minto, Costume and set design
Becky is a practising stage designer with over 25 years’ experience. She works as a set and costume designer, covering a range of productions for main-house theatre, site specific and large outdoor spectacles, dance and ariel performances.
Ali Mitchell, Costume design
Ali Mitchell is an M.Des qualified costume designer, and has been practicing in design for feature film and television drama over 20 years. Ali's work with young designers at ECA supports them in building a broad, professional practice based, and creative skill set for optimum employability within the industry.
Sally Ann Provan, Millinery
Sally Ann runs Edinburgh Hat Studio. She is a practising milliner who creates bespoke handmade hats, headpieces and handbags for special occasions, and the stage and screen. | View staff profile >
Belinda Tippen, Design books
Belinda is a practising designer and lecturer with considerable commercial experience in the fields of Graphic Design and Illustration. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art working within the departments of Fashion, Textiles and Performance Costume and focusing on visual communication and self-promotion skills. Her interests include artist books, publication design and branding. | View staff profile >
David Wilcox, Pattern cutting
David Wilcox’s specialist subject area is historical pattern cutting. Before becoming a lecturer on Edinburgh College of Art’s Performance Costume programmes, David worked in theatre, opera and film as a costume maker and designer. In parallel with his teaching, he also researches the history of European men’s clothing, from 1600 to 1850. He has contributed to a number of projects at National Museums Scotland and continues to develop research for publication. | View staff profile >
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News & events
Performance Costume students produce stunning designs for Scottish charity’s Indian fundraiser.
In an exciting new venture students from our Performance Costume programme will stage the Performance Costume Show at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) for two nights in May.