Out of the Ordinary: Costume Design for Fantasy (DRA4256.01)

Charles Schoonmaker

How do you design clothes for a world that that does not exist? In this class we will be doing that with a series of projects. Worlds may be extraterrestrial, riffs on human history in the manner of Game of Thrones, or purely an invention of the author. We will explore methodology to find inspiration in the worlds of art, science, costume history, and our own imaginations. Students will need to render their ideas – drawing and painting or the digital equivalents are important skills to bring to this advanced design class. One of the design projects we will work on in this class is the H & G project being developed for a spring 2022 production by Drama at Bennington.


Learning Outcomes:
- Creative solutions to the design briefs
- Inquiry and Research into the various 'worlds'
- The communication of design ideas and concepts with research, drawing, and painting (and/or the digital equivalent)

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor: email cschoonmaker@bennington.edu. Costume history, costume rendering or at least one class in a visual discipline are highly recommended. Students should have strong creative impulses and good research skills.
Corequisites: Dance/Drama Lab
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Dance , Drama , Remotely Accessible
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