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Master the skills you need to become a professional maker, tailor and costume supervisor for the film, theatre and events industries.

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Reasons to study

Recognised as a centre of excellence, the current BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2017 for its ‘distinguished degree-level education in costume design for the UK’s leading creative industries’. To allow students to dive deeper into specialised pathways, two courses have been developed – BA (Hons) Costume and BA (Hons) Performance Design and Film Costume.

Course Team

You’ll be taught by experienced teaching staff, who are experts in their specialisms. You can find out more about them by exploring their profiles.

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Course Overview

  • Three-year degree
  • Past trips have included London, Venice, Prague and New York
  • Open plan studio spaces, industrial sewing machines, a fully equipped dye room and studio theatre, extensive costume store and archive of historical dress
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Career destinations

Graduates from the costume pathway of BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design have gone on to make costumes and costume supervise for theatres and film studios all over the world. They’re employed at some of the most prestigious organisations, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Pinewood Studios, Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

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Course content

On this course you'll work on exciting costume making and costume supervisory projects. You'll become skilled at producing accurate historical recreations of costumes, contemporary costume and tailoring, as well as expressing imaginative flair.

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Discover how to create whole new worlds on this exciting course. Design and make costumes and sets for shows, films, plays.