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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Costume Design and Construction

UCAS Code: W451

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

English or Drama (or another theatre related subject) and preferably Art, Design or Textiles at A Level or equivalent. English is required at GCSE level grade C or 4. Maths is preferred at GCSE level grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3

English or Drama (or another theatre related subject) and preferably Art, Design or Textiles at Higher level or equivalent. English is required at Ordinary level O4. Maths is preferred at Ordinary level O4.

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

MMM

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNCs are considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

English or Drama (or another theatre related subject) and preferably Art, Design or Textiles at Higher or equivalent. English is required at National 5 grade C. Maths is preferred at National 5 grade C.

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104-108

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Theatrical wardrobe design

Costume design and construction is the process of creating and manufacturing clothing and accessories for performers in theatre, film, television and other associated media sectors. Costume designers and makers research, design, source and construct costumes for real or fictional characters, creating practical, bespoke items relevant to historical period and style. This vocational and highly practical course examines costume design and construction both conceptually and practically. The course collaborates with our other performing arts courses as well as external productions and projects and you will work on a variety of productions throughout your time on the course.

At the heart of the course are six professional practice modules (two of them in each of the first three years of the degree). In these, you will work as part of a team delivering the costumes for a series of live projects working in collaboration with partner organisations and companies.

Supporting this practical learning in Years One and Two are a series of modules which will develop your research and design skills, your analytic and writing skills, and your construction and wardrobe management expertise.

In Year Three you can begin to specialise by working in greater depth on two or more of the varieties of pathways that costume practice offers — perhaps masks, puppets and soft props, or the design of costume for film, or historical cut and construction.

You can extend your knowledge of these chosen skills in your industry placement and in your independent research and construction project. You will also fulfil key production roles in live projects, at QMU and with partner companies and organisers, as a designer, supervisor or specialist maker. In Year Four if you decide to undertake the honours year as many of our students do, the emphasis is on refining your chosen areas of future practice, using the independent professional practice options to gain practical experience and make contacts in the wider world.

Modules

Year One - Introduction to Theatre Production, The Origins of Theatre, Introduction to Wardrobe Practice (including Professional Practice), Introduction to Costume Design.

Year Two - Advanced Costume Design, Advanced Costume Techniques, Professional Practice as a Wardrobe Assistant.

Year Three - Professional Practice in a Lead Role, Practice informed Research Project, Creating in Context: Design Project, Theatre of Ideas – Introduction to European Theatre, Elective 1.

Year Four - Honours study, Creative Enterprise in the Performing Arts, Creating your Career – Work-based Learning, Elective 2.

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting any changes will be kept up to date on the course provider's webpage.

Assessment methods

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You’ll also work in a team delivering the costumes for live productions with well-known companies.

Please see the course provider webpage for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course. 2021 information, and updates, will be added when available.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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Theatrical wardrobe design

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

83%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
40%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals

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Theatrical wardrobe design

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