The design and manufacture of costumes covers fabrics, alternative materials, sewing & construction, prop making skills in the development of character costumes, pattern cutting, dyeing & fabric treatments, breaking down and ageing. The course is structured to offer an equal quantity of individual projects and production practice on a wide range of internal productions and external commissions.
Throughout your studies the cost of materials is fully funded on production practice. Work experience underpins the training into the second year of the course and opportunities are available to work across theatre, TV and film. Subject based research and analysis underpins the study of both years.
Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.
There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).
Past graduates have gone on to work as costume designers, design assistants, costume makers, wardrobe supervisors, dressers and wardrobe assistants, or continued their education on the BA (Hons) top-up at Northbrook or progressed to other Higher Education establishments.
Individual offers may vary.
Interview and portfolio
Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:
- BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre production/fine art/ fashion & textiles
- A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
- Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
- An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)
It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.
Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.
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