This course will start in September 2020 and was previously part of BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design.
Recognised as a centre of excellence, the BA Hons Costume and Performance Design course has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 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 Costume and BA Performance Design and Film Costume.
BA Costume offers a comprehensive approach to the study of costume focusing on both designing and creating. Student’s will learn to become skilled at producing accurate historical recreations of costumes as well as expressing imaginative flair.
At the end of your first year, you have to opportunity to continue with BA Costume or switch to BA Performance Design and Film Costume.
Visit our how to apply page for more information.
What you'll study
You’ll discover how to create whole new worlds on this exciting course. As well as technical skill, you’ll learn that great costume production depends on your ability to interpret ideas and we place a real emphasis on conceptual work. You’ll work alongside students from the BA Performance Design and Film Costume, BA (Hons) Film Production, Make-up for Media and Performance, and Acting courses on stage and film productions.
You can also download the programme specification.
Watch Our Videos
Course Leader for BA (Hons) Costume, Rebecca Pride, shares her insight into what makes a great costumier. You can also take a look at what our students get up to on this course.
What students are doing
Looking for inspiration? Browse the gallery below to take a look at some of the work that our students create here at AUB. Students studying this course achieve great things and have won prestigious and high-profile awards, such as:
- Winner 2017 for the Costume Society Patterns of Fashion Award
- 2 Runner’s Up 2019 for the Costume Society Patterns of Fashion Award
- Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards, New Zealand
- Podium Awards – Bronze Award for Successful Student Led Activity
- Podium Awards – Silver Medal in Creative Cultural Project Award
- Prime Cuts Festival; Free Range – Best Costume
Studios and Resources
Students on the BA (Hons) Costume course benefit from specialist facilities and equipment, tailored to the studies of the course which reflects industry practice.
Staff on the course
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 below.
BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Higher Diploma in Fine Art (HDFA) Slade, PGCE, SFHEA
As course leader and senior lecturer, I am responsible for the successful managing of the course of 200+ students and 8 staff, across 4 levels, including our new Master’s course in Historical Costume. The role requires that I develop curriculum and a diverse range of projects, managing student recruitment, expectation and achievement in a changing HE environment. Prior to my academic career I worked as a professional theatre designer (from 1988), designing for many national theatres...Full profile
What Graduates are doing
Graduates from the costume pathway of BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design have gone on to make costumes and costume supervise shows for theatres and film studios all over the world. They’re employed at some of the most prestigious organisations in the UK and internationally, including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Pinewood Studios, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
The Applicant Day
We’ll use the information in your UCAS application to make a decision on your application, including your personal statement and your qualifications. If you meet or have the potential to meet our entry requirements, we’ll make you an offer and invite you to attend one of our Applicant Days. These give you the opportunity to find out more about the course, meet staff and have a tour of the AUB campus.
If your qualifications or profile differ from our guidelines we may ask you to provide an online portfolio. You can download our portfolio guidelines for BA (Hons) Costume to help you prepare.