Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of the West of England, Bristol

Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

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Course summary

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This is an intensive, vocational and highly practical course covering all aspects of costume work. This includes pattern drafting (flat and on the stand), costume construction, corset making (flat and on the stand), millinery, ruffs and rebatos, foundation wear, stretch wear and body padding, basic tailoring techniques, hand and machine embroidery, tutu construction, printing techniques, dyeing, distressing and costume enhancement. The supervisory elements include costume supervision, costume assisting and the various roles within the costume department. This includes hiring and buying to budget, wig care, basic make up, organising fittings and keeping an accurate and up-to-date costume bible, shopping to specific briefs as well as liaising with designers and directors. You will work to given designs, drafting, fixing and making for, and dressing the School’s public productions and TV shoots, which typically number between twelve and fourteen per year. You will find that this intensely practical and vocational two-year course will enable you to experience all the different aspects of the costume professional’s role across stage and screen. You will be given the opportunity to learn a range of practical skills and applications to enable you to fulfil the various roles within the costume Industry, including assistant costume supervisor, costume supervisor and costume maker for both stage and screen. You will work to realise given designs. This may include sourcing costumes and fabrics, drafting patterns and making garments. All of the above follow safe working practices with relevant equipment. We aim to encourage a good flow of communication, work to deadlines and work towards independently producing items of costumes. All of the School’s many productions are staffed by students supported by tutors. Training is applicable to a wide range of employment in theatre, film and TV and is taught by School costume tutors and visiting industry professionals at Downside Rd and, when circumstances permit, on location. You will work through the various costume roles building on experience within the School’s productions. All of these roles happen within the environment of a professional production under the guidance of the Costume tutors. All of the roles and skills that you encounter in your first year enable you to assess and consider your strengths and preferences as you move forward into your second year. Students who successfully complete the FdA Costume for Theatre, Television and Film may apply to the one year BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Television and Film top-up award. Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course. We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Drama Production


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. All modules are compulsory, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. Year 1 Module Number: UAMPD8-40-1 Module Name: Assistant Costume Supervision in Performance (40 credits) Module Number: UAMPD9-40-1 Module Name: Basic Millinery and Foundation Skills (40 credits) Module Number: UAMPE3-40-1 Module Name: Pattern Cutting & Costume Construction (1) (40 credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award. Interim Award: Cert HE Costume for Theatre, TV and Film Credit requirements: 120 from the above specific level 1 modules. Year 2 Module Number: UAMPE4-40-2 Module Name: Costume Supervision (40 credits) Module Number: UAMPE5-40-2 Module Name: Pattern Cutting and Costume Construction 2 (40 credits) Module Number: UAMPE6-20-2 Module Name: Millinery and Specialist Skills (20 credits) Module Number: UAMPE7-20-2 Module Name: Preparing for Employment and Work Placement (20 credits) Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award. Credit requirements 240 from the above specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules. Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

Assessment method

Students are assessed on their professional practice on a pass or fail basis. Judgements about students’ performance are made against the relevant professional standards. The UWE qualifications are awarded as non-classified/nondifferentiated.

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

For an Honours degree course you normally need two A-levels or the equivalent, such as a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma; IB (International Baccalaureate); or Access to Higher Education Diploma. For foundation courses, you normally need one A-level, or equivalent. Students who achieve the UCAS Tariff points required (and have passed an English Language qualification) almost always have gained qualifications which meet our minimum entry requirements.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online interviewNo fee charged

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online interviewNo fee charged

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £22050* Year 1
International £22050* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Costume for Theatre, TV and Film at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - UCAS