Steampunk Gears & Cogs

Collaborative costume and prop design

Program Overview

The objective of this program is to engage students in collaborative design and construction of props and costumes for an imaginary Steampunk-themed film titled Gears & Cogs. Students will work through the Innovation Process to create a prop or a costume element for a fictional character named Shelby Caples.

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Curriculum Links
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal
  • Social 
Success Criteria
  • Create a piece of wearable technology that communicates a film character’s traits and demonstrates features of the “Steampunk” aesthetic.
  • Collaborate effectively to create solutions to identified problems
  • Consider a range of tools, technologies and specialist equipment

Shelby does not have any predefined physical characteristics, and it is up to the students to imagine their personality and define how they might look, through prop and costume design.

In order to successfully do so, students will understand the key characteristics of the Steampunk aesthetic, explore the role of props and costumes in film and set design, and their importance for character development. Students will also identify the scope of work for a prop or costume designer and other related careers and investigate the techniques/technologies used during prop and costume design and production.

Students will be introduced to a range of prototyping technologies and techniques such as digital sketching, digital drawing for laser cutting, microcomputers and coding, carboard prototyping and wearable technology. The program concludes with students pitching their design solution to a wider audience and receiving valuable feedback on their product and process.

Year Level

Years 7-10


2 Day Program

Industry Focus
  • Film & Set Design
  • Entertainment
  • Creative Arts
Skills Focus
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Digital, Computer & Technological Literacy
Technologies Available
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Coding
  • Microcontrollers
  • Wearable Technology