Undergraduate

BA/BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction

On this highly respected vocational course you’ll learn how to research, design and construct costumes for performers of many kinds. You’ll work on live projects with renowned creative companies, and the course has a strong graduate employment record.

Think of a dramatic performance that you loved and you can probably picture the characters’ costumes. Costume design and construction are vital when it comes to creating successful theatre, film and TV productions. It’s a creative and challenging career: you need to know the theory and history of costume design, how to make costumes physically and how to manage the wardrobe of a live production.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles

 

 

 

Why QMU?

  • No other course in the UK teaches costume design, period costume construction and practical wardrobe supervision and management in parallel.

  • We have very close links with employers in the theatre industry.

  • Discover your vocation through working on live, audience-facing projects.

  • See your work celebrated in our students’ annual runway show.

 

About the course

At the heart of the course are six professional practice modules (two of them in each of the first three years of the degree). In these, you will work as part of a team delivering the costumes for a series of live projects working in collaboration with partner organisations and companies.

Supporting this practical learning in Years One and Two are a series of modules which will develop your research and design skills, your analytic and writing skills, and your construction and wardrobe management expertise.

In Year Three you can begin to specialise by working in greater depth on two or more of the varieties of pathways that costume practice offers — perhaps masks, puppets and soft props, or the design of costume for film, or historical cut and construction.

You can extend your knowledge of these chosen skills in your industry placement and in your independent research and construction project. You will also fulfil key production roles in live projects, at QMU and with partner companies and organisers, as a designer, supervisor or specialist maker. In Year Four if you decide to undertake the honours year as many of our students do, the emphasis is on refining your chosen areas of future practice, using the independent professional practice options to gain practical experience and make contacts in the wider world.

 

Structure

You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.

 

Modules

Year One

  • Introduction to Professional Practice as a Wardrobe Trainee
  • Introduction to Garment Cutting and Construction
  • Introduction to Visual Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Research and Costume Design
  • Introduction to Theatre Production
  • Professional Practice as a Wardrobe Trainee

Year Two

  • Introduction to Professional Practice as a Costume Assistant
  • Professional Practice as a Costume Assistant
  • Costume Design and Scenography
  • Complementary Construction Skills
  • Advanced Cut and Construction
  • Career Management

 Year Three

  • Professional Practice in a Key Role 1
  • Professional Practice in a Key Role 2
  • Independent Research and Construction Project
  • Industry Placement

Year Four

  • Honours Study
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Project
  • plus options including: Independent Professional Practice: Work Experience/ Independent Professional Practice: Collaborative Project/ Independent Professional Project: Major Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Jan 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020. Please check back here for any updates.

Placements

In Year Three, you’ll complete a three-week wardrobe placement with a professional creative organisation, such as a theatre, film company or specialist costume designer. If you have difficulty in finding a suitable position, we will assist you. In Year Four, half of your credits will be earned through one six-week OR two three-week independent practice placements. This is a fantastic way to extend your experience and build contacts in the costume area of your choice.

 

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

You will graduate with the competence, understanding and experience that employers in this creative field are looking for. Our graduates have gone on to perform fantastically well in theatre, opera, ballet, film and television. You could also use the skills you’ll learn in museum work, corporate entertainment, advertising, arts and crafts, and online multi-media.

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard BBBB, Minimum BBCC

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

Required subjects: Two subjects from Eng/Hist/Drama required and Art/ Design or Textiles preferred at Higher/ A Level/ or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/ GCSE/ or equivalent.

Mature/Access: Applications welcomed from mature students with relevant qualifications/ experience.

Direct Entry: Year Two – Relevant HND with CB in the graded units — see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Other requirements: You must submit an e-portfolio containing a minimum of 14 images including any completed garments that you may have constructed photographed on a model. Candidates will be asked to complete a short design exercise and invited to take part in a 20 minute phone interview where the candidate will be able to discuss their design and portfolio.

 

 

 

 

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

N/A

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 

Course Overview

Duration
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2020
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
W451

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Jess Hawley - BA Costume Design and Construction "The highlight of this course is how diverse it is in nature. Alongside garment construction we get to do design work, theatre production and have experience on real shows. We are also given many opportunities outside of working hours such as going to see performances and attending events like museum lates." read my story...

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