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Level 4+

BA (Hons) Costume Design for Performance & Film


UCAS Course code: W451
This specialist course focuses on costume design and construction for the entertainment industry. You’ll develop skills in design through character exploration and illustration techniques. Making techniques taught include period pattern cutting on the flat and on the stand (underpinned by history of costume sessions), design for dance (stretch), tailoring and millinery.
Key features
  • Course includes design, construction and supervision skills
  • Opportunities to work on live and filmed performance
  • Excellent industry links and high-profile work placement opportunities
  • Outstanding workshop facilities and equipment, with most materials supplied
  • High contact time with staff
  • Cross-course collaboration with actors, directors, make-up artists, set designers
Validated by University of the Arts London (UAL)
This programme is validated by University of the Arts London (UAL). UAL are a leading education provider in the creative arts, ranked second in the world for art and design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023). They oversee the standards and quality of our curriculum, which enriches your overall learning experience.

This course supplies high contact time with staff, most materials, and outstanding workshop facilities and equipment, to enable you to hone your skills to an industry standard. All staff members teaching on the course have current industry experience.

We are equally interested in developing both your design and practical skills. We run workshops in a wide and diverse range of specialisms from pattern cutting through to tailoring, millinery and costume prop-making. Fabric manipulation, printing, dying and breaking down, as well as costume supervision, are all areas we teach and encourage students to develop skills in.

History of Costume sessions provide a solid foundation from which to experiment and innovate.

We are highly collaborative in our approach and work closely with other departments, including hair and make-up, props, set design, performers and technical departments. There are opportunities to do live projects, a balance of shows in our fully equipped theatre space and outside commissions. The range of performers we work with is diverse, from dance through musical theatre to highly experimental devised work. We believe strongly in industry links, work experience and ensuring future employability.


Each application will be assessed individually, including a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.
Typical entry requirements are below but offers may vary:
  • a relevant A-Level
  • or Level 3 Extended Diploma
In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet our entry requirements, your application may still be considered if you demonstrate additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
  • related academic or work experience
  • the quality of the personal statement
Portfolio and interview
You will also be required to provide a portfolio and interview for this course. Your portfolio should include examples of design artwork as well as finished garments or samples of needlework.


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