Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Costume Design and Practice

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Course summary

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The BA (Hons) in Costume Design and Practice will nurture and develop your creativity to become a specialist in the craft of costume design and construction. You will explore the historical and cultural implications of designing for costume in a breadth of performance genres, including theatre, dance and film. The course team have extensive experience within all areas of performance having worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic. They bring a wealth of knowledge, and a breadth of experience that will inform and support your progress to become a professional costume practitioner. The course encourages and supports collaboration with industry professionals, as well as undergraduate students from a range of disciplines. Past student collaborations have included theatre performance and events, photography, dance, animation, fashion design, and the Conservatoire. External collaborations have included projects with Area 51, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Gres Portela School of Samba in Rio de Janeiro. You will have the opportunity as part of your studies to explore the Birmingham School of Art Dress Archive and the Birmingham Institue of Art and Design archive using original materials to inform design, and to develop as a designer from original sources.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeW2W4
Institution code B25
Campus nameParkside Building Campus
Campus codeC

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Contextualised reduced tariff offer: 96 tariff points or equivalent e.g. A-level CCC, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level BBC A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
Scottish Higher CC Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers.
AS Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) " Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DMM
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level Maths, grade 5 or above from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Extended Project " • Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language and Maths taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade 4/C or above GCSE English Language & Maths. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English & Maths Key Skills level 2 - Communication & Maths Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 English Language and Maths - grade C Scottish Credit Standard Grade - English Language and Maths - grade 2
HNC (BTEC) P Pass with 120 credits at Level 4 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript and portfolio will be required (for specified courses).
HND (BTEC) P Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and level 5. A transcript and portfolio will be required (for specified courses).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma " Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

If your application is progressed, you will be invited to bring in a portolio of your creative work for review. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Costume Design and Practice at Birmingham City University - UCAS