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Costume Design

Entry requirements


112 - 128 UCAS Points with a B/C grade in an Art & Design/Design & Technology based subject. General Studies accepted.

112 - 128 UCAS Points in an Art & Design/Design & Technology based subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English required. GCSE Maths C/4 or above preferred but not essential.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31-32

including Art & Design/Design & Technology subject

112 - 128 UCAS Points including Art & Design/Design & Technology subject

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

DMM-DDM

112 - 128 UCAS Points in an Art & Design/Design & Technology based subject.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

Art and Design related subjects should be included

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Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Theatrical wardrobe design

Through our BA hons Costume Design course, we’ll prepare you to enter the costume industry as an experienced designer and maker. You’ll learn how costume designers deliver briefs through mirroring industry practice. You’ll analyse, interpret and learn how to apply research skills to generate creative concepts for characters and production scripts used for on screen and live productions. You’ll get to grips with the practical elements of costume design through our studio-based learning and context-based modules.

You’ll learn how to work with a range of specialist equipment through specialist workshops. You’ll learn how to use our industrial sewing machines; overlockers; ratchet presses; steam presses; mannequins and more. You’ll also learn the academic practices of costume design, where you’ll gain an understanding of the history and culture of costume design practice.

What’s more, you’ll graduate ready to move into professional environments such as live theatre, film/ television, festivals, dance, and light entertainment. Our strong relationships with industry will allow you to work on live projects and we’ll support you to engage in work placements.

Ultimately, this Costume Design degree course aims to build your understanding and confidence in the design and production processes used by thriving costume designers working in industry.

**You will:**
- Develop the skills you need to work in costume and wardrobe supervision, music video design and styling, and museums and heritage events.

- Learn how to analyse and interpret scripts to design costumes that align with characters and their stories.

- Learn practical skills in costume design, as well as get to grips with the history and culture surrounding this craft.

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Modules

The first year is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed on the programme and which underpin both design and production. An exciting series of projects will be used to introduce you to the many processes involved with costume design, including analysis of scripts and narrative arcs, developing initial ideas and how to communicate them, visual presentation techniques, construction skills and establishing an understanding of the jobs roles and industry requirements related to the field of costume.

During the second year you will work more closely with industry through modules that offer live projects and work placement opportunities. This means that, in addition to developing your practical skills and understanding, you are also gaining valuable first hand industry experience and making contact with costume and wardrobe industry professionals.

The final year starts with a 20 credit project module which is designed to get you up-to-speed swiftly, before embarking on a major design project. Within the Research Methods for Costume Design module you will be able to develop a personal design brief which forms the basis of your final Major Project module. This allows you to produce a detailed, industry-standard project which reflects your strengths, interests and career ambitions, forming a key element of your portfolio when you graduate from the University of Salford.

A strand of critical and contextual studies modules run throughout the programme and will explore the history and cultural significance of costume, as well as the various debates that have built up around the design practice and industry. At the same time, the programme as a whole will equip you with a range of entrepreneurial skills, team working and leadership skills as well as the commercial awareness needed by industry.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

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.

83%
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Theatrical wardrobe design

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Drama

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

87%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
3%
Male students
97%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
C

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.

£16,484
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Average annual salary
89%
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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

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Artistic, literary and media 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.

£13k

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£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

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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