Foundation Skills in Production Arts

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
03 July 2019


Requisites for this module


EA198, EA199

Key module for

BA DKAS Stage and Production Management

Module description

The Costume Production module will enable students to:
Undertake effective research of visual and technical references to support production and project work.
Use appropriate theatre and workshop terminology.
Discuss with the Costume Designer and Costume Supervisor how to create the best possible effect and be able to undertake research into special requirements.
Use a working script as a source for costume information.
Apply a range of techniques in the making of costumes including over-locking, hand sewing, machine sewing, and industrial machine sewing and dying.
Develop relevant computer literacy.
Cut patterns both from a block and by draping.
Make alterations and maintain costumes during a run.
Work as a dresser during performances.
Understand the use of rehearsal notes .
React positively to changes communicated throughout the rehearsal process.

Module aims

To support the development of the stage management skills in the areas of costume, prop making and scenic
art at introductory level.
- teach basic practical theory
- introduce students to methods and processes that enable them to
- interpret texts and designs effectively;
- think analytically;
- research possible outcomes;
- communicate ideas, possible solutions, and technical information
- teach basic costume skills – understanding the role of the dresser, costume maintenance and basic sewing
- teach basic prop making skills
- teach basic scenic art skills
- develop methods of problem solving, negotiation, and personal management
- develop ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
- Introduce students to the importance of Health & Safety and risk assessments

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have understanding of:
- The roles and responsibilities within the costume; prop and scenic art departments and these skills can
support the stage manager.
- Basic sewing and costume maintenance techniques
- The role of the dresser
- Basic Prop making techniques and materials
- Basic scenic art techniques and materials.
- Awareness of Health and Safety procedures
- How to manage a team
- How to work independently

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Small group practical classes, lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials, independent study, supervised rehearsals, production projects, a log book to support the learning experience through the module and a reflective evaluation.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Foundation Skills in prod arts - continuous assessment/portfolio     80% 
Coursework   Foundation skills in prod arts - reflective evaluation     20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Alexander Purser, email: a.purser@essex.ac.uk.
Alex Purser and staff



External examiner

Mr Kevin Scarnell
Head of Production
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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