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Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

UCAS Code: BOV5 | Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Theatrical wardrobe design

This is an intensive, vocational and highly practical course covering all aspects of costume work.

This includes pattern drafting (flat and on the stand), costume construction, corset making (flat and on the stand), millinery, ruffs and rebatos, foundation wear, stretch wear and body padding, basic tailoring techniques, hand and machine embroidery, tutu construction, printing techniques, dyeing, distressing and costume enhancement.

The supervisory elements include costume supervision, costume assisting and the various roles within the costume department. This includes hiring and buying to budget, wig care, basic make up, organising fittings and keeping an accurate and up-to-date costume bible, shopping to specific briefs as well as liaising with designers and directors.

You will work to given designs, drafting, fixing and making for, and dressing the School’s public productions and TV shoots, which typically number between twelve and fourteen per year.

You will find that this intensely practical and vocational two-year course will enable you to experience all the different aspects of the costume
professional’s role across stage and screen. You will be given the opportunity to learn a range of practical skills and applications to enable you to fulfil the
various roles within the costume Industry, including assistant costume supervisor, costume supervisor and costume maker for both stage and
screen.
You will work to realise given designs. This may include sourcing costumes and fabrics, drafting patterns and making garments. All of the above follow
safe working practices with relevant equipment.
We aim to encourage a good flow of communication, work to deadlines and work towards independently producing items of costumes. All of the School’s
many productions are staffed by students supported by tutors. Training is applicable to a wide range of employment in theatre, film and TV and is
taught by School costume tutors and visiting industry professionals at Downside Rd and, when circumstances permit, on location.
You will work through the various costume roles building on experience within the School’s productions. All of these roles happen within the
environment of a professional production under the guidance of the Costume tutors.
All of the roles and skills that you encounter in your first year enable you to assess and consider your strengths and preferences as you move forward
into your second year.

Students who successfully complete the FdA Costume for Theatre, Television and Film may apply to the one year BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Television and Film top-up award.

Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the start of the course.

We will not accept applications if you have previously applied in four or more consecutive years.

Modules

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits. All modules are compulsory, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.

Year 1

Module Number: UAMPD8-40-1 Module Name: Assistant Costume Supervision in Performance (40 credits)
Module Number: UAMPD9-40-1 Module Name: Basic Millinery and Foundation Skills (40 credits)
Module Number: UAMPE3-40-1 Module Name: Pattern Cutting & Costume Construction (1) (40 credits)
Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award.

Interim Award: Cert HE Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

Credit requirements: 120 from the above specific level 1 modules.

Year 2

Module Number: UAMPE4-40-2 Module Name: Costume Supervision (40 credits)
Module Number: UAMPE5-40-2 Module Name: Pattern Cutting and Costume Construction 2 (40 credits)
Module Number: UAMPE6-20-2 Module Name: Millinery and Specialist Skills (20 credits)
Module Number: UAMPE7-20-2 Module Name: Preparing for Employment and Work Placement (20 credits)
Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this stage of this award.

Credit requirements 240 from the above specific Level 1 and Level 2 modules.

Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

Assessment methods

Students are assessed on their professional practice on a pass or fail basis.

Judgements about students’ performance are made against the relevant professional standards.

The UWE qualifications are awarded as non-classified/nondifferentiated.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,050
per year
International
£22,050
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Department:

Costume

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

57%
low
Theatrical wardrobe design

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Drama

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

45%
Library resources
43%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
35%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

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