Nadia Malik is the BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making Course Leader at Nottingham Trent University, Reviews Editor (Exhibitions and Events) for the journal Studies in Costume and Performance and a doctoral candidate at Aalto University, Finland. She has an MA in Costume Design for Performance from London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London), a BA in Textile Design (Nottingham Trent University) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. Nadia’s costume design work has encompassed new and classic writing, opera, folk and contemporary dance, musicals, experimental site-specific devised work and live art, including international festivals, and explores how costume-led design practice can engage audiences with performance.
Research statement: Nadia Malik researches the relationship between pedagogical practices in Art & Design and costume education and how this could shape costume education, wider costume practice and costume scholarship. Nadia’s research intends to ascertain the current state of costume ‘scholarship’ (as defined by Boyer, 1990) following a growing number of costume events and forums driving the expansion of the discipline, including the formation of Critical Costume (2013) and the founding of Studies in Costume and Performance (2016) and investigates its relationship with costume pedagogy at Higher Education level. This research is situated within the wider framework of recognised Art & Design pedagogies such as Shreeve’s solo and co-authored writing on educator-student relationships and knowledge transfer in Art & Design education (2010, 2012) and Wenger’s ‘Communities of Practice’ (1998) which can be applied to Art & Design and could further inform teaching practices in the field of costume. The content of her thesis will include the application of pedagogical practices within a wider theoretical framework.