University of Derby

Costume and Set Design University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This dynamic course will help you develop an individual creative style as a set and costume designer and gain valuable industry-focused and transferable skills for theatre and performance within the learning environment of a professional theatre.

Why choose this course?
It’s an exciting chance to gain real-world industry experience within a flagship learning theatre and using superb manufacturing facilities. Tutored by practising professional artists, you’ll build practical craft skills and deepen your knowledge of the theory and history of costume and set design.

Is this course for you?
If you want an innovative, hands-on learning experience, choose BA (Hons) Costume and Set Design. We’re one of the only UK universities to own and run a professional producing theatre and this course is delivered as part of the Learning Theatre initiative funded by Arts Council England.

How you will learn
We promise a stimulating mix of the practical and the theoretical, including contextual studies, lectures, seminars, performance projects and engagement with professional productions at Derby Theatre. You’ll also conduct an in-depth investigation into an area of costume and set design to advance your own professional interests and career ambitions.

Derby Theatre – Winner of ‘Excellence in Arts Education’ at the UK Theatre Awards 2019
Derby Theatre won the Excellence in Arts Education Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards, in recognition of its learning theatre vision which has transformed the venue and provides opportunities for young people to take part in high-quality arts, sports and cultural activities across the city. The award was also in specific recognition and celebration of This is Derby, a unique project delivered by Derby Theatre and other cultural and sports organisations in the city, including Derby County Community Trust, Cultural Campus: Derby's Cultural Education Partnership and the City's Sports Forum.

Opportunities and experiences
Working with Derby Theatre paves the way to unique placement and internship opportunities plus the chance to design and make for student and in-house shows. You could also go on European exchanges where you’ll be exposed to a rich variety of performance schools, experiences and techniques.

Careers and employability
BA (Hons) Costume and Set Design is your stepping stone to a fulfilling career shaping the overall look and style of theatre, film and TV productions. It can also open doors to roles in wider parts of the creative and cultural industries.

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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 W450
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 112 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. Arts based subject preferred. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths and English.  For Access to HE please see the specific credits required in the section for Access to HE
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Additional entry requirements


Online portfolio required

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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 of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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