The Northern School of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Arts University Bournemouth

Costume Interpretation with Design

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Course summary

This degree leads the way in producing costumiers for the entertainment industry by equipping you with the skills in costume design and construction you will need alongside bespoke skills of millinery and tailoring. The degree is built on strong industrial relationships and you have the opportunity to work on live projects, and placements and collaborate with students from a range of our other courses including acting, film, TV and theatre production. There are dedicated fitting rooms, sewing rooms with industry-standard equipment and wet rooms for dyeing and distressing fabrics. You will work with experienced industry practitioners who continue to work within television, film and theatre. The School has a costume study collection - with garments and accessories from the 1800s onwards - providing a rich primary source for understanding and learning about the construction of clothing through different periods. With great industry links, we welcome visiting guest lecturers throughout the course. Recent guests have included Amber Butchart A Stitch in Time BBC, Michele Carragher Game of Thrones and Patrick Grant The Great British Sewing Bee BBC, Community Clothing. By the end of your third year of study, you will be able to design, source materials and create full costumes and outfits with accessories. There is also the opportunity to exhibit your designs to an audience of industrial practitioners. You will receive full training in the skills and techniques that you need to create costumes for film, TV, theatre and performance, including: Costume-making, Costume-construction, Millinery (hat making), Tailoring, Leatherwork (leather moulding/embossing), Mask-making, Corsetry Alumni productions include: Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders, Star Wars: Rogue One, Killing Eve, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Poldark, Vera and more.

Course details


In your first year (level 4): Introductory Cut & Construction Costume Design & Illustration Introduction to Creative Cultures Cut & Construction Embellishment Introductory Costume Interpretation with Design In your second year (level 5): Millinery Costume Design Communication & Exploration Theories of Creative Cultures Tailoring for Costume Specialist Focus for Costume Professional Studies In your third year (level 6): Project Research and Preparation Dissertation/Report Final Major Project Final Show and Portfolio

Assessment method

In course assessment. Each module is assessed upon completion and given a percentage mark.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We do not currently accept students from outside of the UK. However, we can accept applications from those have evidence of pre-settled status to live, work and study in the UK. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your potential is our main focus when assessing your suitability for the programme you have applied to. Because of this, we take into account all aspects of your application and not just your academic profile. If you are a mature applicant (i.e. 21+ years), we will place more emphasis on your portfolio and the skills and experience you can demonstrate at interview. Your portfolio, which you bring to interview, is an integral part of the assessment. It should demonstrate your current skills, interests and knowledge where appropriate. It is also expected that you will bring evidence of written work to interview and/or have a Level 2 qualification in English/Literacy.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

As with most creative programmes delivered at higher education, this programme will have additional costs such as material and basic tools and contribution towards educational visits to ensure successful completion of the programme. The School offers financial support packages to help with this, whether this be through means-tested bursaries and/or grants. In addition, the School offers subsidised resale of course materials, free use of studios etc. More detailed information is provided at the interview stage; however, if you require this sooner please contact [email protected]

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Costume Interpretation with Design at The Northern School of Art - UCAS