Historical Dress in Film & TV HISTART4067

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course uses representations of historic dress in film and television as a means of introducing students to the themes and practice of dress and textile history.


10 x 2 hour sessions: one lecture, one seminar per week as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

The course is available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry in History of Art and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses






One 2000 word Essay (30%)

One 10 minute Oral presentation (10%)

Examination: one two-hour examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to the theory and practice of dress and textile history

■ Impart students about specific themes of dress history, including gender, fashion theory, cultural theory and identity

■ Promote critical discussion of authenticity versus artistic licence with regards to the recreation of historic dress in film and television

■ Develop students' abilities to engage with and interpret different primary source types

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and reflect on key scholarly debates in the field of dress and textile history

■ Identify key trends in the use of historic dress in film and television

■ Produce sustained arguments in written and oral formats that draw on a variety of visual and textual sources

■ Demonstrate how art history can be used in an interdisciplinary context to assess cultural and historic trends

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.