DES111 Costume Design and Realisation (8)

This subject introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of stage and screen costume departments. Students explore fundamental research principles that underpin script and character analysis towards the conceptualisation and construction of stage and screen costume with a focus on design for performance. Traditional and non-traditional materials, sustainability, and design techniques to progress students from design-brief to realisation are covered.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DES111. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed DES109 Introduction to Stage and Screen Design.

Subject Relationships

DES109 DES109 Introduction to Stage and Screen Design made obsolete by this subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply fundamental design skills required to perform a range of roles in stage and screen costume departments;
  • be able to undertake basic script and character analysis as a costume design process;
  • be able to apply a range of design techniques in response to design briefs;
  • be able to translate two dimensional design into three dimensional forms;
  • be able to apply appropriate workplace health and safety principles in a range of workshop environments; and
  • be able to identify and describe basic sustainability concerns in costume design contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Costume Department: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Script analysis for costume design
  • Character analysis for costume design
  • The costume design process
  • Communication skills for costume designers
  • Design realisation and art finishing
  • Traditional and non-traditional media and sustainability
  • Workplace Health and Safety for Costume Design workshops

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DES111 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Costume design fundamentals
Character & script experimentation
Costume realisation

Special Resources

Students will require access to specialist costume and textile workshop space.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.