Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Costume Production


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Program Description

About this course

  • Duration3 years
  • Term StartSeptember 2020
  • Entry Requirements64 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.

*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.

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?

  • Join the next generation of Costume Technicians, Costume Makers and Costume Supervisors for the theatre and live events industry.
  • Learn about the 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


  • Includes Work Placement
  • Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

2020 Entry

We are still actively recruiting for our 2020 entry and we would welcome your application. UCAS will categorise your application as late but we are very happy to accept such applications and can guarantee you an interview. If you have any queries or concerns then please do contact us at

UK/EU Applicants

  • Apply for September 2020 entry via UCAS
  • Institution application code: R51
  • Programme Code: W451

International Applicants

Please e-mail

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

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. 

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

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

Year 3 (Level 6):

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

Costume Studio

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