Nottingham Trent University

151–200 th
Young University Rankings 2018
601–800 th
World University Rankings 2018
Burton Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4BU, United Kingdom

Costume Design and Making

This specialist course at NTU focuses on developing your design and costume construction skills and is 100% assessed by coursework which will take place in a variety of forms such as essays and portfolios. You'll have the opportunity to develop skills in areas such as corsetry, pattern cutting, tailoring, millinery and wigs, costume props, fabric knowledge, and print and dye. You’ll learn fundamental principles, gain bespoke techniques and learn how to translate your creative ideas through 2D and 3D design into professional finished costumes, puppets and tailoring for use in theatre, film and television, dance, commercials, events, festivals, performance and historical contexts. You'll work with academic professionals, all with industry experience, in a dedicated studio equipped with industrial sewing and garment construction machinery. You’ll also have access to our life drawing room, computer lab and knitting and weaving workshops. You’ll be taught in a studio which is fully equipped with professional design, sewing and costume construction equipment. Teaching and learning will take shape in a variety of ways including: masterclasses, demonstrations, visits, lectures, tutorials and presentations. Our academic team will support you in securing valuable work placements with organisations such as Birmingham Royal Ballet and Scottish Opera which will help you to gain industry experience and to make connections with industry professionals to widen your network and employability prospects. You’ll also be encouraged to participate in live industry projects and national and international design competitions which will enhance your employability. You’ll visit design exhibitions such as Hollywood Costume at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. You’ll attend educational study trips to companies such as Shakespeare Company (RSC) to stay up to date on the latest productions. This course is taught by a selection of industry experts and experts who have recently taught on this course include: television costume designer – Debbie O’Brien and construction specialists Anna Kesteven and Liz Johnson. NTU offer you the opportunity to participate in an international exchange to develop your independence, initiative and travel experience. Recent destinations have included Barcelona and New Zealand. During your Final Year you’ll exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham to many professionals from a wide selection of creative industries. You may also be selected to showcase your work at New Designers in London. Employability is at the heart of this course and all modules have been designed to enhance your career prospects and by providing you with opportunities to participate in live projects, industry competitions and awards. Many of our graduates go on to work in film, television, theatre, dance and opera. Our recent graduates from this course are working as freelance costume designers, trainee costume designers and wardrobe assistants for a selection of theatre, film and television productions. Productions include The Book of Mormon and The Winter’s Tale. Others are working for world-renowned organisations such as Angels Costumes in London. 100% of graduates from this course are in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE Survey 2015 - 16).

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    City Campus,Nottingham