University Centre South Essex

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

Costume Construction

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Course summary

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 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

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University Centre Thurrock
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

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

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Costume Construction at University Centre South Essex - UCAS