Costume Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

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Course summary

On this highly respected vocational course you’ll learn how to research, design and construct costumes for performers of many kinds. You’ll work on live projects with renowned creative companies, and the course has a strong graduate employment record. Think of a dramatic performance that you loved and you can probably picture the characters’ costumes. Costume design and construction are vital when it comes to creating successful theatre, film and TV productions. It’s a creative and challenging career: you need to know the theory and history of costume design, how to make costumes physically and how to manage the wardrobe of a live production wider world. At the heart of the course are six professional practice modules (two of them in each of the first three years of the degree). In these, you will work as part of a team delivering the costumes for a series of live projects working in collaboration with partner organisations and companies. Supporting this practical learning in Years One and Two are a series of modules which will develop your research and design skills, your analytic and writing skills, and your construction and wardrobe management expertise. In Year Three you can begin to specialise by working in greater depth on two or more of the varieties of pathways that costume practice offers — perhaps masks, puppets and soft props, or the design of costume for film, or historical cut and construction. You can extend your knowledge of these chosen skills in your industry placement and in your independent research and construction project. You will also fulfil key production roles in live projects, at QMU and with partner companies and organisers, as a designer, supervisor or specialist maker. In Year Four if you decide to undertake the honours year as many of our students do, the emphasis is on refining your chosen areas of future practice, using the independent professional practice options to gain practical experience and make contacts in the wider world.


Year One Introduction to Theatre Production The Origins of Theatre Introduction to Wardrobe Practice (including Professional Practice) Introduction to Costume Design Year Two Advanced Costume Design Advanced Costume Techniques Professional Practice as a Wardrobe Assistant Year Three Professional Practice in a Lead Role Practice Informed Research Project Creating in Context: Design Project Theatre of Ideas – Introduction to European Theatre Elective 1 Year Four Honours study Creative Enterprise in the Performing Arts Creating your Career, Work-based Learning Elective 2 The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment method

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will work in a team delivering the costumes for live productions with well-known companies. Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose. Teaching and learning activities Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses. Teaching You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. Year One: 44% Year Two: 55% Year Three: 39% Year Four: 8% Independent Learning When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub. Year One: 56% Year Two: 45% Year Three: 61% Year Four: 70% Placement Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas. Year One: 0% Year Two: 0% Year Three: 0% Year Four: 22% Assessment Activities Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses. Exams Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules. Year One: 17% Year Two: 0% Year Three: 0% Year Four: 0% Coursework Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date. Year One: 58% Year Two: 47% Year Three: 83% Year Four: 87% Practical Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course. Year One: 25% Year Two: 53% Year Three: 17% Year Four: 13% NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international and EU applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements


Portfolios will be requested electronically following the initial screening of your application. This e-portfolio should contain approximately 15 images and can be any combination of the following: • Observational drawings • Illustrations • Reproduction of pages of sketchbooks • Photographs of 3 dimensional work –this includes garments –but can be models/scenery/installation work etc. • Costume designs • Textile Designs The portfolio should also include images from a small task that will be sent out to applicants along with their e-portfolio request.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.0 and with no individual component less than 5.5.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Costume Design and Construction at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS