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Study Abroad and Exchange

Costume and Performance Design

AUB offers students the opportunity to explore their creative practice while broadening their horizons.

Costume and Performance Design

Semester Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad, developing their creative skills and gaining credits towards their university degree, but don't necessarily want to spend 2-3 years in another country.

Course Information

Costume and performance design is a diverse and demanding subject. In this course you will discover how to create whole new worlds using costume and set design for theatre, film and stage.

Depending on the term you wish to study with us, you will be introduced to a range of different fundamental theories, techniques and processes relevant to Costume and Performance Design. You will look at the context of costume within the film, television and theatre industries and will develop creative and technical approaches to costume design and interpretation.

You will investigate dramatic production that challenges contemporary, historical and cultural forms, through the integration of theory and research with practical studies. There will be opportunities to realise a costume design from 2D to 3D and apply your creative and aesthetic understanding techniques to produce a costume.

The course will develop your conceptual thinking and specialist techniques in design, construction or supervision along with fabric selection, dyeing and manipulation. You will consider emerging issues and perceptions of traditional and historical contexts, and potential developments in the framework of postmodern performance.

Course Details

Mode of study

Full time

1, 2 or 3 terms

Autumn Term Duration

1 Term

September - December

2 Terms

September - March

3 Terms

September - May

Spring Term Duration

1 Term

January - March

2 Terms

January - May

Contact Study Abroad on +44 1202 363824 or Skype: aub-studyabroad

Portfolios are required from all prospective candidates who wish to do a Semester Study Abroad course at the Arts University. The portfolio’s purpose is to show us how you communicate and translate ideas visually. Your portfolio will be reviewed by the course leader and a panel who will determine the most appropriate year of study in the course for each candidate.

Other types of programmes, such as bespoke courses are also available. For more information or to apply for a course contact us on +44 1202 363824 or email

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Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time learning in the UK with our students for one or more terms

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Preparation For Master's

This course helps you develop your creative understanding or increase your English language skills before apply for a MA course.

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Outgoing Opportunities

Exchange programmes offer the opportunity for current AUB students to study part of their degree with one of our partner universities.

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Incoming Opportunities

Find out more about studying at AUB, either as a Study Abroad student or an exchange student from one of AUB’s partner institutions.