BA (Hons) coursesCostume and Performance Design

Your Future Career

Our Alumni

Research tells us that a large proportion of graduates from the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course find work in the creative industries within six months of graduating from the AUB – take a look at some of the case studies below.

Our students go on to work in a variety of roles including:


  • Costume designer
  • Theatre Designer
  • Film Costume Designer
  • Scenic Artist
  • Stylist
  • Apprentice Tailor


  • Costume Prop maker
  • Freelance Costume maker
  • Cutter

Supervising / Production

  • Dresser
  • Wardrobe Mistress / Assistant
  • Buyer
  • Supervisor

Our graduates are employed at some of the most prestigious organisations in the UK and abroad, a few of which include: BBC/Channel 4/ITV, Pinewood Studios, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, National Theatre.

Our Careers and Employability service provides a wealth of support, advice and guidance to help your career take off in the right direction. Find out how they can help you find a career you’ll love here.

Kate McStraw — 2012 Graduate

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumni Case Study

"During my studies at AUB, I found I was never certain which pathway I wanted to take; making, designing, supervising… None of these felt like a total ‘fit’ for me. Then during 2nd year I was able to develop an opportunity to produce a theatre...

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Close-knit Costume Course sew industry thread

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumni Feature / Case Study – Published 25th Apr 14

Alumnus: Claire Collins          Graduated: 2003                      Job: Designer

Costume Alumnus Claire Collins reveals how the tight relationship on this course gives students the contacts for successful careers. After working in the Industry for 10 years, the costume course is still a major part of her professional circle.

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Amber C. Dernulc – 2012 Graduate

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumni Case Study

“During my first two years at AUB I was never quite sure what area I wanted to specialise in, was I a designer, a maker, a supervisor? My answer came during a work placement organised for me by the course at the National Theatre, a week spent in the Digital Drawing Department where I was introduced to the world of technical drawing for set construction. I found my niche.”

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Sarah Dicks – 2011 Graduate

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumni Case Study

"The Costume and Performance Design degree here at AUB has been invaluable to me and my career. The tutors and staff are so devoted, knowledgeable, caring and supportive. They are willing to accommodate your wishes and needs, they push you to take initiative, break down boundaries you thought you had, and give you the most incredible grounding to begin life as a graduate.

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Jodie Gardner – 2009 Graduate

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design Alumni Case Study

Jodie Gardner is Co-director of event design company Hattie & Flora Ltd. Upon leaving University Jodie freelanced as a theatre designer, puppet maker, and workshop leader. She also led creative sessions and lectures on the BA Costume course at AUB.

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