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BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
6 years; part-time


Course: PW34
Institution: P65
Subject to Revalidation

Looking to start your studies in 2020? It’s not too late! Apply by 30 October 2020 to begin your BA (Hons) degree on 2 November.

Our intensive, practical Costume Production & Associated Crafts programme helps you develop into an outstanding costumier, ready for a wide range of careers in the performance industries – including television, film, the stage and heritage exhibitions.

You’ll gain the most sought-after costume craft skills, including strong technical competence in pattern-cutting and construction for costume and accessories.

Our programme incorporates research into the historical and cultural contexts of costume as well as giving you an understanding and appreciation of costume design principles.The hugely diverse range of processes and media that we have on offer makes us a truly exciting place to study costume production.

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You’ll work collaboratively alongside students in film and other creative productions. You’ll also have access to excellent workshop resources, including a range of digital processes, textile printing and 3D making.

Supported by a dedicated team of professionals who have worked for theatre companies including the Royal Exchange Manchester and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as television and film productions, you’ll benefit from a strong support network through our links within the performance industries.

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Frog costume, Hannah McArthur

The unique strength of this programme lies in its combination of technical focus with opportunities to experience the performance industry first-hand.

You’ll learn how to cut and make costumes to industry standard, with first-hand advice from costume wardrobe professionals.

You’ll develop design and illustration skills to communicate your ideas, and achieve a practical understanding of the rigour involved in making costumes for a range of performance types. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on incoming commissions.

Our innovative students have been involved in making costumes for TV and film, such as BBC’s ‘Poldark’, ‘Frontier’ by Take the Shot Productions, Canada, and BAFTA-winning director Robert Young’s film ‘Curse of the Phoenix’, which won the Platinum Award at Houston WorldFest.

Students have also worked on stage productions such as ‘Wicked’, ‘Book of Mormon’, ‘Wind in the Willows’ and for the Actors Wheel tours of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘King Lear’.

Students have had success in various prestigious competitions, including reaching the finals twice consecutively in World of Wearable Art, New Zealand (2016, 2017), and The Costume Society’s Patterns of Fashion (2016, 2017).

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  • Gain experience working on live briefs, designing and producing costumes in collaboration with performers to put a show together
  • Learn a high level of practical content, paired with a deeper exploration of costume design.
  • Develop essential organisational and communication skills.
  • Access outstanding facilities across the college.
  • Receive support from industry professionals. Become a confident, enquiring costumier.
  • Visit Puy Du Fou historical theme park and Les Machines de L’ile, to discover immersive theatre and large-scale costume in action.
Rococo Despair by Hannah Mc Arthur finalist in the World of Wearable Art Awards Photo Credit World of Wearable Art Ltd crop

Rococo Despair, Hannah McArthur, World of WearableArt Awards Finalist (Photo by World of WearableArt Ltd)