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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The course seeks to present you with demanding but exciting and valuable projects that will demonstrate the breadth of the costume making and costume supervision subject areas and the focus that you will need to achieve in order to succeed in a competitive employment market. Graduates from this course have gone on to make costumes for theatres and film studios all over the world, so if this is your dream we can help you achieve it.You’ll discover how to create historically inspired, sometimes fantastical or contemporary costumes on this exciting and creative course. You will make costumes and supervise for shows, films, plays and new performance disciplines. This is a diverse and demanding subject – you need to be interested in art, design and all types of performance. As well as technical skill, you’ll realise great costume making and supervision of the process depends on your ability to interpret ideas and we place a real emphasis on how you approach your conceptual work. You will work very closely alongside students from the performance design and film costume course as well as with our make-up, acting and film production courses on theatre and film productions. We believe that understanding and experiencing the overall production process is what sets our students apart and gives them an edge in industry.In the first year, the course curriculum explores both performance design and costume making for the first two terms. You will then make a firm decision whether to remain on the course you originally enrolled in or to transfer to the BA Performance Design and Film Costume course. The final unit will allow you to focus on costume making and supervision as you create a complex costume based on a dramatic theme. You also develop skills throughout the first year in theoretical study. Here the focus is on learning as much as you can about performance studies and methods for applying critical theory to your written work.Most of our students undertake a work placement in the summer after Year 2 and this is also encouraged in the third year. In the dynamic third year you will have the opportunity to work on an extensive and valuable range of live theatre and film productions.Approximately 75% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.Studios and resourcesEach studio space has enough industry standard cutting tables for each student to work on. Students also have access to: industrial sewing machines and over lockers, industrial steam presses, CAD driven embroidery machines and dye and textiles room, where you can use dyeing and screen-printing equipment.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Arts University Bournemouth

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Poole, BH12 5HH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 85 22

    40th out of 103 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    151 69%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    143 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.33 87%



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