University Centre South Essex

Costume Construction University Centre South Essex Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of the Arts London


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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

*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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B5L2
Institution code S43
Campus name University Centre Thurrock
Campus code T

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further 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

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 - minimum 5.5 across all components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £17,930 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University Centre South Essex
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