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Nottingham Trent University

Design for Stage and Screen (Costume Design and Construction)

UCAS Code: W451

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or GCSE Science grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Diploma and one A-Level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Theatrical wardrobe design

This specialist degree focuses on developing both your costume design and costume construction skills. You’ll learn how to translate your creative ideas into professional costumes for theatre, film and television, dance, opera and other performance areas.

**Key features**

- Our graduates go on to secure jobs in the design for performance industry. 90% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2016/17).

- Focus equally on your designing and construction skills.

- Work in a dedicated studio fully equipped with professional design, sewing, and costume construction equipment.

- Take part in live industry projects. This has recently involved designing and making costumes for Curve, Leicester, Working at Lichfield Garrick Theatre on Cinderella, working with Bruce Asbestos and Nottingham Contemporary on live art catwalk.

- Receive support for work placements, gaining experience with national organisations such as Scottish Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Manchester International Festival.

- Visit design exhibitions at venues like the V&A Museum in London, and the National Theatre costume department.

- Go on national and international study trips, visit exhibitions and see opera, ballet, theatre and dance performances.

- Opportunity to apply for an international exchange to one of our partner institutions, such as RMIT in Australia.

- Showcase your work in our Student Showcase, with the opportunity to be selected to exhibit at other graduate events in London.

- The course is accredited by The Textile Institute at Associateship (CText ATI) level, reassuring employers that our students graduate with a high standard of professional skills as well as their degree.

**Assessment**

Assessment is 100% through coursework. You will receive feedback throughout each module and will be awarded a grade.

**Employability**

Employability is excellent for this course, with 90% of our graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE survey 2016/17).

Recent graduates are working as freelance costume designers, trainee costume designers, and wardrobe assistants for a range of theatre, film and television productions. These have included Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Mormon, and The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre, London.

Modules

[Year One]

Costume Design and Making: Introductions (100 credit points)
Develop an understanding of and skills as a costume designer-maker by going through the process of research activity, analysis of narrative and character, ideas generation and visual expression in both 2D and 3D.

You will learn technical terminology, costume design processes, pattern making, and methods of costume construction giving you an understanding of what costume designers and makers do and how they do it to professional standards.

Contextual and Critical Studies 1 (20 credit points)
This module introduces dress history and its relevance to performance costume. You will develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the role that dress can play within society by examining cultural contexts across a variety of time periods and locations.

[Year Two]
Costume Design and Making: Explorations (100 credit points)
Challenging project work will strengthen your personal approach to the effective communication of experimental costume design and construction. Deepen your artistic and intellectual enquiry through reflection and peer collaboration.

Contextual and Critical Studies 2 (20 credit points)
Broaden your knowledge of and engagement with global and ethical debates within performance and performance analysis, developing a questioning and responsible approach to your own costume thinking. Explore the cultural relevance and working practices of a range of performance genres.

[Final year]

Costume Design and Making: Exposition (120 credit points)
Your final major project encourages you to focus on your personal direction and career aspirations. Through studio practice and staff guidance, you will engage in reflective exchange that echoes professional working practices and facilitates both personal growth and transferable and practical skills acquisition.

The Uni


Course location:

City Campus

Department:

School of Art and Design

TEF rating:
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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.

91%
high
Theatrical wardrobe design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

98%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
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

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
2%
Male students
98%
Female students
59%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
56%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Design occupations
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Customer service occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£22k

£22k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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