This intensive, practical programme helps you develop into an outstanding costumier, ready for a wide range of careers in the performance industries. You’ll gain the most sought-after costume craft skills, including strong technical competence in pattern-cutting and construction, as well as learning about the historical and cultural contexts of costume, and costume design principles. You’ll work on live briefs, designing and producing costumes in collaboration with performers to put a show together. You will receive support from industry professionals, and become a confident, enquiring costumier. Visit Puy Du Fou historical theme park and Les Machines de L’île; discover immersive theatre and large-scale costume in action. You’ll learn to make costumes to industry standard, developing design and illustration skills to communicate your ideas, and achieve a practical understanding of the rigour involved in making costumes for a range of performance types. You’ll get the chance to work on incoming commissions. Our students have made costumes for TV and film including BBC’s ‘Poldark’, and stage productions such as ‘Wicked’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’. Our students have seen success in prestigious competitions, reaching the finals of World of Wearable Art New Zealand and The Costume Society’s Patterns of Fashion as well as securing internships at Glyndebourne, Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and National Theatre.
You’ll have access to professional studio equipment, including a spray booth, millinery equipment and industrial sewing machines, as well as our Fab Lab. You’ll also have access to a professional working theatre – we are on the doorstep of Theatre Royal Plymouth, the largest and most attended regional producing theatre in the UK, where students attend after-show talks and backstage tours. You’ll learn from lecturers who have worked on West End productions for Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and gain insights from visiting professionals and masterclasses led by experts in specialist areas.