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Discover British Costume Collection: Study Tour (18+)

A unique insight into historical British Costume for professionals and students combining practical workshops, illustrated talks and study visits with exclusive access to some of the most significant costume and textile collections in the world.


Fully residential programme: £2,500

Course Details

Taught by our expert university staff you will be guided through a range of different techniques and processes relevant to Costume and Performance Design through workshop sessions. Working in our dedicated Costume studios, you will explore costume construction and supervision along with fabric selection, dyeing and manipulation.

Emphasis will be placed upon developing design interpretation and conceptual thinking in order to successfully translate a character through to individual design.

Complimentary study visits to places such as Berrington Hall, The Globe Theatre and Angel Costumiers will add context to the practical workshops, with two overnight stays and a theatre performance also included. Illustrated talks by industry professionals will allow participants to further extend their knowledge and understanding of this fascinating subject.

You'll leave the course with a deeper understanding of the aesthetics of costume and industry practice in order to develop further their creative and technical approaches to costume design and interpretation. The immersive study tours and illustrated talks will provide an important exploration of historical contexts and British Costume, as well as highlighting emerging developments in contemporary costume to inform their future work or studies.

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Course Material and Resources

All course materials, equipment and course trips are included in the course fee.

Students will be taught in professional art and design studios and digital suites, with access to our library and online resources.

Course Outcome and Assessment

Work produced during the course will be collated into a digital journal for students to add to their portfolio or for future development.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official Summer Course Certificate detailing course contents and study hours.

How to Book

Booking for 2020 Summer Courses is available online, with the opportunity to secure your summer course with an initial deposit payment from £495-£895 depending on the course. Places on our summer courses are limited, so we advise that you book as soon as possible to secure a place.

Please go to the individual course page you are interested in and click on the ‘Book now’ link. Our online booking system allows you to book and pay onto your chosen course yourself. You will be required to create a username and password in our secure online store.

Once payment has been received you’ll be sent an email confirming your payment and your place on the course. The email will also include further instructions on how to pay the remaining balance of your course fees as well as details on how to book and pay for our Residential Programme if this is required.

If you’re unable to book online, please contact us via email on or call us using the details below and we’ll assist you with your booking or suggest an alternative payment method, such as via Bank Transfer, where necessary.


We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question about our Summer Courses you might find it here.

If your question isn’t covered, contact us on or call +44 1202 363831/+44 1202 363823. You can also Skype us: summercoursesAUB.

AUB welcomes hundreds of students each year to our Summer Courses from more than 50 different countries.

Our Summer courses are open to all creative enthusiasts aged 13+ and there is no upper age limit. We don’t have any specific entry requirements for our summer courses but we expect summer students to come equipped with enthusiasm, commitment and motivation to learn.

Younger students can take part in our Creative Arts Summer School, designed for enthusiastic creatives aged 13 to 14.

We also have 2 and 3-week courses for 2020, aimed at 15+ students who may be preparing to apply for University or are already be studying a creative subject at degree level or be working within industry.

Although many of our Summer Course students are aged 15 – 21, the courses attract students, creative professionals and freelancers of all ages from the UK and all over the world, with a variety of backgrounds and experience.

Our summer courses benefit from including such a mixture of people who can learn and collaborate together.

There are no formal entry requirements for our summer courses as we want students and creatives to share and learn no matter what their background or previous experience.

The courses are highly practical and written for those with a keen interest in creativity; we simply expect summer students to be enthusiastic and willing to learn as individuals and as part of a team.

You do not require any previous qualifications to join our courses.

All the summer courses are taught in English.

There are no formal English entry requirements, however, we recommend you have an intermediate level of English in order to benefit fully from your experience on our summer courses and be able to communicate with your course leader and fellow students.

If you are in doubt whether your English is good enough, please email us at for advice.

Our courses are very popular, however in order to make sure you have a great course experience and enough contact time with your tutor, we keep our class sizes small.

Class numbers will vary depending on the course subject, however summer courses typically have between 15 – 20 students per course, with your course leader, course assistant and aub student ambassadors to support you.

All summer courses can be booked easily through our online store with a debit or credit card.

If you are unable to pay online, we will ask you to complete a booking form and we will provide you with our bank account details so that you can arrange a bank transfer (please be aware there will be additional bank fees to pay if choosing this method).

If you do not hold a UK/EU/EEA passport you will need a visa that allows you to study here in order to take one of our courses.

The majority of international students intending to study a short summer course in the UK may do so using a short-term study visa.

However, it is your responsibility to determine if you need to apply for a visa in advance and to allow sufficient time to obtain a visa.

You should allow sufficient time to obtain any necessary visa prior to attending our summer course and the university will provide a visa support confirmation letter upon receipt of full payment.

Please refer to the UK government visa & immigration website for clarification of visa requirements and any other supporting documents you may need.

All visas and travel documents to confirm eligibility will be checked either on arrival in university accommodation or on the first day at registration. If you do not have the correct visa we will not be able to allow you to join the course nor will you be eligible for any refund.

If you are applying for a visa and need documents to confirm your travel and course arrangements in order to secure your visa, please note that course confirmation letters for visa applications will only be issued once the course fees and any accommodation you have booked have been paid in full.

Our summer courses are fully inclusive with all materials and resources included.

For those staying in our accommodation, breakfast and lunch are provided Monday-Friday on campus along with a host of other benefits including free daily bus transfer to and from campus, a weekend day trip to London, programme of social activities etc. Students who take one of our summer courses and also choose to stay in our accommodation will need extra money for evening meals, weekend food and their own shopping such as gifts, personal purchases, additional snacks and weekend activities.

If you live locally or have chosen to book just the summer course and arrange your accommodation independently, you should allow sufficient funds for lunch and any other meals, optional activities and personal purchases required.

You will be issued with an aub certificate of attendance upon successfully completing the course.

You may use this to evidence the work, which can be added to your portfolio or cv. You are also eligible to apply for home university credits to put towards any study you are currently doing (e.g. as a study abroad student at another university, or a student taking the IB for CAS credits).

Depending on the summer course you have taken you will also have the opportunity to take with you the work produced during your time.

For example, film and animation students will have short films, fashion students can take home their finished fashion garment as well as their fashion folios etc.