University Centre South Essex

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of the Arts London

Costume Construction

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Course summary

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A unique opportunity in collaboration with the Royal Opera House. The BA (Hons) Costume Construction programme places an emphasis on the knowledge and use of both historical and contemporary pattern cutting, construction, textiles and finishing techniques. Emphasis is focused on the cut and construction techniques for costume in the following areas: performance art, theatre, opera, dance, music, musical theatre, film and television. Work-related learning is uppermost and includes live projects, competitions, vocational projects and work experience placements. Visits are organised to exhibitions, galleries and professional studios. In addition, students benefit from professional input from one of the most prestigious theatres in the world.

Course details


Year 1 for full-time students (Level 4) develops the underpinning knowledge and skills in areas such as pattern cutting, construction techniques, textiles and the costume in culture. DCC110 - Costume in Context DCC111 - Textiles for Costume Construction DCC112 - Introduction to Costume Construction DCC113 - Costume Interpretation DCC115 - Technical and Skills Portfolio Year 2 for full-time students (Level 5) begins the process of specialisation in areas including construction and finish of garments, construction for performance, costume conservation and work placements. DCC210 - Costume for Performance DCC212 - Costume Conservation DCC210 - Work Placement DCC215 - Costume Design and Realisation Year 3 for full-time students (Level 6) focuses on advancing construction and working to expand and accelerate professional level construction skills for entry into a competitive workplace. DCC310 - Cultural and Historical Study DCC311 - Personal Project DCC312 - Professional Portfolio DCC313 - Final Costume Realisation

Assessment method

Coursework is assessed in a range of different ways in order to accommodate a variety of learning styles and aptitudes including portfolio and sketchbook submissions, group presentations, written essays and research folders. There are no examinations. Percentage of the course assessed by coursework: Year 1 100% coursework: 88% Studio based with a written element 12% Year 2 100% coursework: 75% Studio based with a written element 25% Year 3 100% coursework: 75% Studio based with a written element 25%

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeB5L2
Institution code S43
Campus nameUniversity Centre Thurrock
Campus codeT

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 points
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits 15 credits at Merit or above
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language GCSE at grade C (4) or above, OR a Level 2 equivalent such as functional skills

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Required to submit e-portfolio prior to interview.


Required to submit e-portfolio prior to interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - minimum 5.5 across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £17930 Year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs are included in the fees: - Annual £20 printing allowance - Car Parking at Purfleet Campus - Third Year students will showcase their work at the end of their studies. Exhibition costs (with the exception of costumes developed for the FMP) will be funded by the faculty of higher education
Costume Construction at University Centre South Essex - UCAS