Rose Bruford College Costume Production teacher and student working on garment

What you'll study

This course combines costume-making techniques with core backstage skills. You learn the basics then develop your making skills producing costumes to be worn and performed in – not just to sit on a stand.

You develop practical backstage skills like costume maintenance, alterations and dressing, working on full-scale productions initially as a wardrobe assistant and then a supervisor. You learn in dedicated workrooms that include pattern cutting tables, half and full-scale stands, fitting rooms, laundry and dying facilities and your own dedicated sewing machine. Trips and visiting lecturers who are all working professionals underpin teaching, and the course also includes drawing skills.

 

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Rose Bruford College's production of The Bureau of Lost Things

Why choose this course?

Expert training

Learn costume construction, pattern-cutting, corsetry, dancewear, millinery and wig dressing from specialists and working professionals

World-class facilities

Professionally equipped workrooms with pattern cutting tables, dedicated machines, half and full-scale stands, fitting rooms, laundry and dying facilities, industrial steamers/irons

Career-focused

Develop the backstage and practical skills needed to supervise and manage a large or small professional wardrobe department. You can also undertake a placement during your course

Professional-experience

Working with designers, directors and performers on live shows within the College, in London and beyond you gain a crucial understanding of creative and technical teams through hands-on experience

Learn from working professionals

Recently includes modules taught by a freelancer working on 'Call the Midwife' and 'The Witcher'. And 'Meet the Professionals' talks from Rianna Charles (Fantastic Beasts), freelance maker Kirsty Oriel (Marvel and Bridgerton) and head of men's costumier at CosProp Ross Braganza

Working graduates

Employers of recent graduates include English National Opera, Royal National Theatre, The Globe, numerous London theatres, ITV, Warner Brother Studios, Disney corporation, Vivienne Westwood and Chanel Couturiers

Get a flavour

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Rose Bruford College Costume Production BA costume parade for performance

Course breakdown

Course content is regularly reviewed to keep it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Specialist skills: dancewear, millinery, dying and breaking down, wig dressing (with visiting specialists brought in for each of these)
  • Research and context
  • Introduction to production practice including Alterations module
  • Two show roles as a wardrobe assistant, including budgeting and dressing
  • Costume for film and TV
  • Historical half-scale costume project

Year 3

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

Teaching and assessment methods

In your first year, you will complete around 430 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 770 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios

In your second year, you will complete around 430 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 770 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

In your third year, you will complete around 350 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 850 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Coursework, presentations, assessed tutorials and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment

Your future career

Rose Bruford College Costume Production student sewing
Male Costume Production student ironing at Rose Bruford College

We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to network and undertake a placement as well as introducing your work to the industry at our graduate exhibition in London.

Alumni success

Katherine Rogers

Costume Technician, Disney Cruise Line

Nicole Garbet

Wardrobe Assistant Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Lucy Williamson

Costume Trainee at Warner Bros Studios

Charlotte Simpson

Wardrobe Mistress School of Rock Tour

Careers options

Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Recent graduates have gone on to become:

  • Costume makers/ supervisors (for theatre, opera, circus, film and cruise liners)
  • Tailors and dressmakers
  • Costume standby and trainees in Film and TV
  • Clothing designers
  • Product related designers
  • Merchandisers and window dressers
  • Independent retail owners
  • Textile and design technology teachers
  • Buyers and procurement officers

Meet the staff

Natasha Dodsworth Rose Bruford College Costume Production Subject Leader
Natasha Dodsworth

Subject Leader Costume Production

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How to join

UK/Republic of Ireland and International applicants

For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS.com

Institution code: R51

Course code: W451

64 UCAS points*

This is equivalent to two Cs at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.

*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 portfolio review.

Portfolio

Our Portfolio page gives an overview of what we will ask you to provide once we receive your application.

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Course Summary

Duration

3 years

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

September 2022

Course Type

Undergraduate Course

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Course Fees (2022 Entry)

UK/Republic of Ireland students (Fee per year)

£9250

International students (Fee per year)

£18900

Funding and Support Additional Costs

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