The BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design course at Arts University Bournemouth is the latest course – and the only Costume Design course in the UK – to be awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries.

The Creative Skillset Costume Design Panel ‘unanimously’ supported the recommendation to accredit Costume with the ‘Tick’ for three years. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. The Costume course joins seven other courses at AUB who have all received the ‘Tick’ kitemark by Creative Skillset.

This recognition comes on the back of an incredible year for staff and students on the Costume course. Last summer, over 75 costume students from all three years of the course were involved in the phenomenal Battle for the Winds (BFTW) spectacular – including the Breathe project, and the Moving Tides Procession which all marked the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing events in Weymouth.

In addition, the students’ dedication to design was recognised in the Podium Awards which identified the vital role universities played in delivering the London 2012 Games. They were awarded the Silver medal for the Best Creative Cultural Project (BFTW) and the Bronze medal for Successful Student Led Activity (Breathe).

In addition, Costume are one of only three groups who have been shortlisted in the HEIST Awards, the premier awards for Education Marketing in the UK, for the Best Community Engagement Campaign for their involvement in BFTW at the Olympics. The winners will be announced in July.

The Creative Skillset Accreditation Report praised the “very good relationship between staff and students” The panel were also “hugely impressed with the depth & range of professional knowledge being passed on to students.” They concluded by noting “the enthusiasm displayed all round was great. The students were confident and articulate and I would be delighted to recommend students from this course for employment, safe in the knowledge that they would be a credit to the costume department.”

Rebecca Pride, Costume with Performance Design Course Leader commented “We are extremely proud to receive the Creative Skillset Tick for our course. 70% of our students receive job offers prior to graduating, following live work placements and industry connections they have made while on the course, so it is great to be officially recognised for this by Creative Skillset.”