Costume Production BA (Hons)

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About this course


3 years

Term Start

September 2021

Entry Requirements


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The Costume Production course will provide you with the understanding and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the production and management of historical and contemporary costumes and accessories.

You will develop your garment making skills and produce costumes for use in fully realised theatre shows, working to designs by professional or student costume designers. The garments that you produce will be durable enough to withstand the rigours of performance. You will also experience the whole range of responsibilities involved with being initially a wardrobe assistant and then a wardrobe supervisor.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn about period and contemporary costume construction, pattern-cutting and dressing, specialist skills in corsetry, dancewear, fabric painting, millinery and wig dressing.
  • Work on live shows within the College, in London and beyond. As a vital member of the collaborative team, you will work with designers, directors and performers.

  • Understand the role and workings of other technical departments through hands-on experience.

  • Develop the skills to supervise and manage wardrobe departments in large and small theatres.

  • Share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.


Employability & Industry

Graduates have gone on to work as freelance costume makers, and within wardrobe departments, for Theatre, Television, Film, Cruise Ships, Dance, and Opera companies.

Recent graduate successes include working at English National Opera, Royal National Theatre, The Globe, London Palladium, Queens Theatre and The Prince of Wales theatres in London, ITV Television, Warner Brother Film studios, Disney corporation, Vivienne Westwood Couturiers, and Gieves & Hawkes, Saville Row. Other graduates have found employment in bridal wear, costume hire, and in the wardrobe departments in the cruise liner industry.

Alumni Success

• Katherine Rogers, Costume Technician, Disney Cruise Line

• Zia Thomas, Head of Wardrobe, Opera Holland Park

• Rachel Woolcott, Costume Buyer, Royal Opera House

Students can visit a range of universities, theatres and companies for work placements and study exchange, including through the Erasmus grant scheme in Europe and our partner universities in the USA.


Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Tailors and dressmakers
  • Interior decoration designers
  • Clothing designers
  • Product, clothing and related designers
  • Merchandisers and window dressers
  • Science, engineering and production technicians
  • Set designers
  • Buyers and procurements officers
  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Teaching assistants

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Fee and Application Information

64* UCAS points (We do not require a foundation year)
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

  • Includes Work Placement
  • ​Mode of Study: Full Time

* We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.

How to Apply

2021 Entry

Please apply by 15 January 2021 to guarantee an interview/audition.

UK/EU Applicants

International Applicants

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There is an opportunity for international students to study this programme as part of a semester or year abroad. Please click here for full details.

2020/2021 Fees

  • UK/EU Students - Up to £9,250
  • International Students - £18,000

For this course, International Students (non-UK/EU residents) are eligible to apply for a bursary of £6,000 over three years. Please enquire when you apply.

Please click here for information about Student Loans and Bursaries.

Please note, these are the fees for the academic year 2020/21, the fees for 2021/22 are not yet confirmed and will be published as soon as possible.

Equipment List

Please click here to view the Equipment List for this programme, which provides an indication of additional costs relating to the course.

As part of this programme you will share classes and projects with students from other programmes from the School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.

Course content

A breakdown of modules for each year is below. 

You will learn in the programme’s three dedicated workrooms and use the College’s professional standard laundry with washing machines and dyeing facilities. Productions take place in a variety of venues on campus and in central London. The Learning Resources Centre contains specialist books, videos, and research materials.

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Basic construction techniques and pattern cutting – both stand cutting and flat drafting
  • History of costume
  • Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry
  • Introduction to theatre production
  • Foundation wear and corsetry
  • Practical costume making project

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Dancewear skills, millinery, fabric painting and breaking down, wig dressing
  • Historical waistcoat project
  • Research and context
  • Two show roles as a wardrobe assistant, including budgeting and dressing
  • Historical half-scale costume project
  • Industry placement

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Year 3 (Level 6):

  • Two show roles as a supervisor or maker
  • Independent research project
  • Professional preparation
  • Graduate exhibition

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

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Related Information

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Recent visiting professional tutors have included:

Gabrielle Firth
Textile Dyer/Printer/Breakdown Artist

Kevin Matthias
Freelance costume maker and dancewear specialist for TV, film and theatre

Karen Cull
Freelance Production, Company Manager

Heather Leat
Freelance Costume/Wardrobe Supervisor for film, TV and theatre

Karen Shannon
Freelance milliner for TV, film, theatre and fashion

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