Arts University Bournemouth has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
AUB's course has been recognised as a centre of excellence by The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017.
The course seeks to present you with demanding but exciting and valuable projects that will demonstrate the breadth of the costume and performance design subject areas and the focus that you will need to achieve in order to succeed in a competitive employment market. Graduates from this course have gone on to design and make costumes for theatres and film studios all over the world, so if this is your dream we can help you achieve it.
What you will study
You’ll discover how to create whole new worlds on this exciting and creative course. You’ll design and make costumes and sets for shows, films, plays and new performance disciplines. This is a diverse and demanding subject – you need to be interested in art, design and all types of performance. As well as technical skill, you’ll realise great design depends on your ability to interpret ideas and we place a real emphasis on conceptual work. You’ll work alongside students from the film, make-up, and acting courses on stage and film productions. While your eventual career may not be in both design and making, we believe that understanding the overall production process is what sets our students apart and gives them an edge.
In the first year, the course curriculum explores both performance design and costume interpretation equally. During the second year you may if you choose, select and focus on an industry-specific specialism. Most of our students undertake a work placement in Year 2. Work placements are also an excellent opportunity to make contacts and the course has strong links in film, television and theatre. Placements can be taken at a variety of companies, including large-scale theatres, mid-sized and touring theatre productions, television or film productions, costume work rooms or running wardrobes, large costume hire companies, individual designers and makers.
Approximately 75% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.
You can choose to complete your degree in one of the following named awards:
BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Design for Screen)
BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Scenography)
BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Supervision)
- BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Interpretation)
By the end of the course you will be able to...
Demonstrate and evaluate a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of costume and/or performance design through the acquisition of specific discipline skills and abilities.
Synthesise and evaluate understanding of costume and performance design and their place within the broader cultural context through the acquisition of specific discipline skills in research and critical thinking.
Illustrate your ability to use creative, aesthetic and technological skills to communicate performance design and costume interpretation solutions through a variety of methods.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of your vocational aspirations and individual practice and how your practice sits within the professional environment.
Participate in collaborative working situations that will develop your practical skills and the ability to work with others.
- Synthesise and evaluate your personal strengths and needs through self-reflection that will relate to future career aspirations and potential postgraduate study.
Studios and resources
Each studio space has enough industry standard cutting and designing tables for each student to work on. Students also have access to: industrial sewing machines and overlockers, industrial steam presses, CAD driven embroidery machines and dye and textiles room, where you can use dyeing and screen printing equipment.
Coursework and practical work
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
|Scottish Higher||CCCCCD||Scottish Highers – five passes at Grade C or above|
**Please see AUB's website for a full list of our entry requirements, including tariff points where applicable.**
We are happy to accept a wide range of qualifications, including but not limited to: A Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma, OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma(s), Access to HE courses, Scottish Highers, IB Diploma Programme, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. We can also accept many EU and International qualifications. See website for details. Email Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries about entry requirements.
We welcome applicants who are currently studying or who have gained a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and this qualification meets our level three entry requirements. This is a recommended qualification for many of our courses but it is not a compulsory qualification.
Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications are considered on an individual basis and we are happy to accept applicants with a combination of Level 3 qualifications. Please check your qualifications using UCAS Tariff calculator and remember we are looking for the equivalent of 3 A levels if you are combining Level 3 qualifications.
AUB tailors its offers to the qualifications an applicant is studying and looks for applicant to be studying a relevant creative subject. AUB makes offers based on up to three A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications with the most UCAS Tariff points attached to them to give applicants the best chance possible at achieving our required tariff (120 UCAS Tariff points in most cases).
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttps://aub.ac.uk/apply/undergraduate/entry-requirements/
Additional entry requirements
This course does not expect you to attend an interview or provide a portfolio. Instead we will make a decision on your application based on the information in your UCAS application. You will be invited to an Applicant Day; these are designed exclusively for undergraduate applicants holding offers at AUB. The event will give you the opportunity to find out more about the course, meet staff and have a tour of the AUB campus.
However please note in the event we are unable to make a decision based on your application we may request additional information from you, such as a digital portfolio, or may invite you to attend an interview. If this is the case we will contact you to advise you.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||Overall score of 180|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||Overall score of 200|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, speaking and listening)|
|PTE Academic||54.0||A minimum of 51 in each component|
AUB can also accept International Baccalaureate English Language B or English Language and Literature A at Higher Level grade 4 or Standard Level grade 5. We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications. TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants. IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.
English language requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
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