The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences as a dual award with the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) offered by TAFE SA. The dual award requires three years of full-time study to complete both qualifications. Students are required to enrol concurrently at both the University and TAFE SA to complete the dual award.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

A 54-unit VET Entry Pathway is also available. Applicants must normally hold the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307), the Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507), or the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116).

Course aims

The aim of the course is to prepare students for a professional life by:

  • equipping students with an understanding of conceptual design principles and the use of computer aided design technology in the development of costume designs;
  • equipping students with practical skills and understanding of the processes of costume design and construction;
  • equipping students with high-level skills to communicate and negotiate with theatre directors, technical production staff, clients, performers and other industry professionals, and to undertake collaborative teamwork throughout the design and production process;
  • developing in students an understanding of the costume and creative industries through historical developments, social and cultural applications, and the function of formal and aesthetic properties in various forms;
  • providing students with the capacity to analyse concepts of creativity and visual thinking, and with experience in the creative process;
  • producing graduates capable of the application of logical thought, analysis, and research skills in ways that will enhance both the creative and practical processes required in costume design;
  • producing graduates who will be able to think flexibly, collaborate with others on group projects and identify and address design and production problems.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design), students will be able to demonstrate:

  • conceptual, practical and technical skills to produce creative work to a high standard in their chosen program
  • teamwork and interpersonal skills to become effective members of creative production and planning teams
  • high-level knowledge of the processes involved in the production of creative work
  • sound knowledge of theories, factual content and research methods relevant to their program of study including an awareness of practices related to their chosen program
  • knowledge of aspects of the arts industries relevant to their chosen program
  • initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse creative contexts
  • skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and communicate a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others
  • the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design), a student must complete 108 units as follows:

  1. 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, consisting of 58.5 units of core topics, and 13.5 units of option topics, according to the program of study listed below; and
  2. the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) at TAFE SA, for which 36 units of credit will be granted.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Stream - Costume Design

Core - Year 1 topics

COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Choose 4.5 units from the Option topics listed below.

Core - Year 2 topics

27 units comprising:

DRAM1001 Drama 1A: First Stages (4.5 units)
DRAM1002 Drama 1B: Bodies of Work (4.5 units)
FSHN2000 Art, Culture and the History of Fashion and Costume (4.5 units)
FSHN2001 Patternmaking, Design and Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)
FSHN3000 Digital Process for Garment Design (4.5 units)
CREA3301 Practicum/Project in Creative Arts A (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

27 units comprising:

CREA3302 Practicum/Project in Creative Arts B (4.5 units)
FSHN3001 Textiles Theory and Practice (4.5 units)
FSHN3010 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)
FSHN3011 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 2 (4.5 units)
FSHN3012 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 3 (4.5 units)
FSHN3013 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 4 (4.5 units)

Option - Year 3 topics

Choose 9 units from the Option topics listed below.

Option - Year 1 & 3 topics

CREA3456 Cultural Policy and the Arts (4.5 units)
DRAM2100 Modern Theatre: The Rise of the Director (4.5 units)
DRAM2101 Modern Theatre: Companies and Directors (4.5 units)
DRAM2102 Reading Theatre: Theories and Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM2103 Reading Theatre: Plays in Production (4.5 units)
DRAM2104 Asian Dramatic Traditions (4.5 units)
DRAM3100 Performance Theories: Time, Space and the Body (4.5 units)
DRAM3101 Postmodern Directions (4.5 units)
DRAM3102 Live Arts and Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3103 Song and Dance (4.5 units)
DRAM3104 Cross-Cultural Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3105 Performing Asia (4.5 units)
DRAM3107 Festivals: Performance and Curation
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
LEGL2114 Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
SCME1000 Film Form and Analysis (4.5 units)
SCME1001 Media and Society (4.5 units)
SCME1060 Screen Production Techniques A (4.5 units)
SCME2000 The Hollywood Industry (4.5 units)
SCME2005 Media Audiences (4.5 units)
SCME2100 Media Policy (4.5 units)
VISA3404 Visual Thinking and Creativity (4.5 units)

 

VET ENTRY PATHWAY (54 units)

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307)
  • Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507)
  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116)

Program of study

Students admitted to this pathway will receive 54 units of block credit on the basis of the two-year Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST60116); two-year Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology (LMT60307); or the two-year Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507).

To qualify for the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design) under the VET Entry Pathway, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study listed below.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University’s Policy on Student Progress.

Core - Year 1 topics

22.5 units comprising:

COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication (4.5 units)
DRAM1001 Drama 1A: First Stages (4.5 units)
DRAM1002 Drama 1B: Bodies of Work (4.5 units)
FSHN2000 Art, Culture and the History of Fashion and Costume (4.5 units)
FSHN3000 Digital Process for Garment Design (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Choose 13.5 units from the Option topics listed below.

Core - Year 2 topics

13.5 units comprising:

CREA3301 Practicum/Project in Creative Arts A (4.5 units)
CREA3302 Practicum/Project in Creative Arts B (4.5 units)
FSHN3001 Textiles Theory and Practice (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Choose 4.5 units from the Option topics listed below.

Option - Year 1 & 2 Topics

CREA3456 Cultural Policy and the Arts (4.5 units)
FSHN2001 Patternmaking, Design and Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)*
FSHN3010 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 1 (4.5 units)* FSHN3011 Advanced Design, Patternmaking and Garment Construction Project 2 (4.5 units)* DRAM2100 Modern Theatre: The Rise of the Director (4.5 units)
DRAM2101 Modern Theatre: Companies and Directors (4.5 units)
DRAM2102 Reading Theatre: Theories and Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM2103 Reading Theatre: Plays in Production (4.5 units)
DRAM2104 Asian Dramatic Traditions (4.5 units)
DRAM3100 Performance Theories: Time, Space and the Body (4.5 units)
DRAM3101 Postmodern Directions (4.5 units)
DRAM3102 Live Arts and Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3103 Song and Dance (4.5 units)
DRAM3104 Cross-Cultural Performance (4.5 units)
DRAM3105 Performing Asia (4.5 units)
DRAM3107 Festivals: Performance and Curation (4.5 units)
INNO1001 Innovative and Creative Thinking: Recognising Opportunities (4.5 units)
LEGL2114 Regulating Small Business (4.5 units)
SCME1000 Film Form and Analysis (4.5 units)
SCME1001 Media and Society (4.5 units)
SCME1060 Screen Production Techniques A (4.5 units)
SCME2000 The Hollywood Industry (4.5 units)
SCME2005 Media Audiences (4.5 units)
SCME2100 Media Policy (4.5 units)
VISA3404 Visual Thinking and Creativity (4.5 units)

* These topics should only be chosen by students who have completed the Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising (LMT60507).

TAFE SA RTO Code: 41026