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The Northern School of Art

Costume Interpretation with Design

UCAS Code: W452

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Pass Access to HE Diploma

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


Pass Foundation Diploma

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Full-time | 2021


Theatrical wardrobe design

We are one of the leading costume degree programmes in the UK, with great links to the industry leaders in costume with an international reputation. Our costume degree leads the way in producing costumiers for the entertainment industry through teaching a mixture of bespoke skills that are unique to this degree and not found elsewhere such as: Leatherwork – leather moulding/embossing • Mask-Making • Millinery (hat making) • Tailoring

This creative degree will provide you with the specialist skills required to design, interpret and construct professional costumes for theatre, film, TV, dance and heritage. The degree aims to produce motivated and adaptable graduates, who can respond to the challenges of these constantly evolving industries.

If you are serious about a career in costume industry, this is the costume degree for you!

**Previous work experiences include:**
- Angels Costumes


- Channel 4

- Cosprop

- National Theatre

- Royal Opera House

- Royal Shakespeare Company

- Sands Films

- Strictly Come Dancing

- Peaky Blinders


- House of Mooshki bridal wear

**Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we work with companies including:**

- Beamish Museum

- Bowes Museum

- Creature Encounters

- Theatre Royal Newcastle

**Our alumni enjoy a great variety of careers which have included working on:**
- Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and directed by CCAD alumnus Sir Ridley Scott (20th Century Fox)

- Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep (Disney)

- Sherlock Holmes, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC)

- Wolf Hall, starring Damien Lewis (BBC)

- Victor Frankenstein, Starring James McAvoy

- Beowulf

- Opera North

- National Theatre

- West Yorkshire Playhouse

- ‘Victoria’ starring Jenna Coleman (ITV)

- Rogue One – Star Wars

- Northern Ballet

- ‘SS-GB’ starring Sam Riley (BBC)


In your first year (Level Four) you will explore: • Costume construction techniques • Critical analysis and costume interpretation • Design and illustration for costume • Fabric manipulation and applied surface decoration • Period and contemporary pattern cutting In your second year (Level Five) you will develop: • Costume communication theory and visualisation skills • Millinery and trimming techniques • Professional and commercial links within the industry • Research, exploration and construction skills for specialist costume • Tailoring for costume industry and specialist sampling • Live briefs In your third year (Level Six) you will produce: • A final project • Dissertation • Exhibition • Portfolios that span traditional and social media routes • Work for competitions and live industry briefs

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