Theatre and costume design 

The starting point for every student should be their fantasy. They have the chance to explore and expand personal borders in order to develop a new visual language and their individuality.

In this study programme, the design projects scenography and film stand central. Related subjects are taught at least three times a year with the help of changing drama performances, scripts etc.
The execution of a project, an idea, or a concept for a drama performance, an opera, or a film script takes place step by step. First students conduct research and analysis of texts and music, gather material and sketch the stage design, including a storyboard and provisional models; all under supervision of respective professionals. Finally, a definite model is designed, sometimes followed by an actual realization of project. Attention is given to the final presentation of the design, as it is a moment when student and teacher team can examine whether the student has come up with a proposal that matches the plot and style of the drama, which entails a responsible dramaturgic concept and which accounts for directorial consequences, practicality and budget. In the last year of the programme, the department of theatre design cooperates with students from the programme Technology & Theatre as well as Production and Stage Art which are offered at the Theatre Academy from the Arts Academy Amsterdam. Under lecturers’ supervision, students exchange their knowledge and experiences about technical realisation, budget and production of the theatre designs. During the programme, students are also assigned to work on the construction, execution and production plan of their designs and ideas. The specialization theatre design includes a set of subjects next to the main subject of design. These are dramaturgy, textual and visual research, painting (décor and perception), drawing (anatomy, model, perspective, technical), theatre, history of music and opera and general art history, as well as theatre techniques, light and projection techniques, computer-based applications, model forming etc. Further, more specific subjects that deal with the development of new media are being worked on. In order to introduce students to the reality of the working market and to give an added value to the specializations within the department, guest lecturers offer an insight into their work and expertise. Doing this, the programme continues to follow most recent developments in the international scene. However, the overall goal of the programme is to educate creative theatre designers and similar autonomous art disciplines for the future.

The specialization Theatre Costume Design focalizes on design projects within the study, which take place at least three times a year. Visualization of their fantasy and ideas is always important.

During the course of their studies, students have the possibility to develop and explore their capabilities to reach a new level of personal visual solutions and their individuality. The actual execution of a costume concept for theatre, opera, ballet etc mostly takes place in several steps. First, the student analyses the text and/ or the music of the piece with the help of a theatre expert or a musicologist, paying attention to the historical and contemporary setting, the zeitgeist and the characters. All these aspects are reflected in the costume. Next, students are supervised by professional costume designers when collecting material and producing first sketches, models, scale drawings etc. They take into account material research and technical aspects of execution. Finally, the actual costume is realized, which means that either all or one particular costume is carried out. This is the moment when it becomes clear whether the student has established a good connection with the piece and the characters and knows how to account for an responsible dramaturgic concept, directorial consequences, functionality for the actors, material and technical practicality and budget. The bachelor Theatre Costume Design consists of several subjects next to the main subject design and includes dramaturgy, text and image analysis, painting and drawing (anatomy and model), history of theatre, music and opera, general theories of arts, and history of costumes. Technical subjects on software applications, light and projection technology are complementing this set, while subjects concerning the new media are under development. Guest lectures add value to the programme by bringing in their professional and practical expertise, in order to keep the department on track with modern developments and innovations on national and international level. The programme aims to educate future professional theatre costume designers and other related disciplines such as dance, opera, film and television.

Maastricht Theatre Academy
Anne Habermann
Lenculenstraat 31-33
NL-6211 KP Maastricht

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