|Study location||United Kingdom, City Centre Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
The BA Hons in Costume Design and Practice will nurture and develop your creativity to become a specialist in the craft of costume design and construction. You will explore the historical and cultural implications of designing for costume in a breadth of performance genres, including theatre, dance and film.
The course team have extensive experience within all areas of performance having worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic. They bring a wealth of knowledge, and a breadth of experience that will inform and support your progress to become a professional costume practitioner.
The course encourages and supports collaboration with industry professionals, as well as undergraduate students from a range of disciplines. Past student collaborations have included theatre performance and events, photography, dance, animation, fashion design, and the Conservatoire. External collaborations have included projects with Area 51, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Gres Portela School of Samba in Rio de Janeiro.
You will have the opportunity as part of your studies to explore the Birmingham School of Art Dress Archive and the BIAD archive using original materials to inform design, and to develop as a designer from original sources.
This course is ideal if you wish to work within costume design, performance design and costume practice. The theatre industry is often populated by freelance designers and practitioners. Previous graduates and current students have worked with Welsh National Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, Angels Costumes, Costumes With Character and Circomedia.
Within the first year, you will be introduced to the fundamental skills needed to work within the creative apparel industries. You will be exposed to pattern cutting, research methodologies, fashion and dress theory, CAD technologies and garment construction. In the latter part of the first year you will be working on modules that are costume-specific, developing skills in readiness for your second year.
During your second year, you will develop these skills to a more focused and advanced level, before applying for work experience within your chosen sector of the industry, with the option of a sandwich year between the second and third years of study.
In your final year you will design and produce a collection of garments in collaboration with external partners, and you will be developing a costume-specific pathway portfolio of work with a focus on the performance genre that you hope to specialise in.
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.