In this unit, students will explore and collaboratively take on the role of costume designers. Students will explore the elements of design, director’s concept, and the considerations for costume design. They will then apply this knowledge in a culminating project.

This unit has been designed to integrate technology into the curriculum. Students will utilize technology throughout via HyperDocs, internet research, and Google tools such as Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Slides, and Google Docs. A digital Learning Tools Introduction resource is provided for additional help in using the different tools and applications.

Overview & Teacher Guide

The overview lays out all of the lessons and road map for the unit.

Be sure to download the digital learning tools introduction (button below) before you start. This guide outlines how to share the hyperdoc format of this unit with your students, with clear step by step directions. It is imperative that you download and read this guide before accessing any of the materials for the unit.

1: Introduction

Students will be introduced to and demonstrate their understanding of the elements of design by collaboratively completing a class HyperDoc and going on an Emotion Scavenger Hunt to create a digital collage.


2: Considerations for Costume Design/Director's Concept

Students will explore the considerations for costume design and what can be communicated through clothing. Students will create a “rocker” costume for a character as a means of introducing students to director’s concept and how it can shape a design.


3: Director's Concept Review

Students will review director’s concept and be introduced to the steps of design. Students will create a director’s concept for the costume design and costume team portfolio project and select an artifact to help support their idea.


4: Director's Concept/Character Analysis

Students will present and refine their director’s concept by presenting it to another costume team in class in the form of an “elevator pitch.” Students will explore characterization and what they need to consider when designing a costume for a production.


5: Research/Digital Citizenship

Students will review the role and process of research in design as well as how to do that in a digitally responsible way by looking at the difference between research for inspiration and perspiration.


6: How to Draw a Figure/Work Time

Students will be given resources to help them draw their costume designs in proportionally appropriate ways. Students will also understand how to utilize the work they have done up to this point with the physical creation of their costume designs.

7: Costume Team Meeting/Work Time

Students will explore effective collaboration, complete their costume designs, and participate in a costume team meeting in preparation for their final portfolio.


8: Google Site: Elements of Costume Design and Team Portfolio

Students will work collaboratively to create a Google Site final portfolio to showcase the work they have done as a costume team. Students will also begin to prepare their costume team pitch presentation.


9: Costume Team Pitch Preparation - Review

Students will create and refine their costume team pitch and portfolio by preparing a presentation and receiving peer feedback.


10: Pitch Presentations

Students will demonstrate their understanding of design and collaborating on a costume team by presenting their costume design and costume team pitch presentations. Students will participating in survey activities to reflect on the design and collaborative process.


Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


TH:Re9.1: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Re9.1.HSI.b - Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Re9.1: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Re9.1.7.b - Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Advanced

TH:Cr1.1.HSIII.b - Create a complete design for a drama/theatre work that incorporates all elements of technology.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Accomplished

TH:Cr1.1.HSII.b - Understand and apply technology to design solutions for a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.b - Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 7

TH:Cr1.1.7.b - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.b - Use researched technical elements to increase the impact of design for a drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.b - Apply technical elements and research to create a design that communicates the concept of a drama/theatre production.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - Grade 6

TH:Cr1.1.6.b - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.b - Use a variety of technical elements to create a design for a rehearsal or drama/theatre production.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr5.1.7.b - Choose a variety of technical elements that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.b - Articulate how technical elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2019)


7.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

7.TH:Cr1.c - Explain and present solutions to design challenges in a drama/ theatre work.

6.TH:Cr1 Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work

6.TH:Cr1.c - Identify solutions to design challenges in a drama/theatre work.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.b - Articulate how technical theatre elements are integrated into a drama/ theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Alberta, Canada


British Columbia - 2018 (latest)


GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Communicate and document

Compose, interpret, and expand ideas using symbolism and imagery

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate respect for self, others, and the audience

GRADE 11 - DRAMA - Connect and expand

Demonstrate awareness of self, others, and audience