Costume Production

Course introduction

Reasons to study Costume Production
• The Costume Production programme will provide you with the understanding and skills needed to pursue a successful career in the production and management of historical and contemporary costumes and accessories either based in-house or as a freelancer.

• Learn about period and contemporary costume construction, pattern-cutting, running wardrobe and dressing, specialist skills in corsetry, dancewear, fabric breaking down, millinery and wig dressing.

• Work on live performances within the College, in London and beyond. As a vital member of the collaborative team, you will work with designers, directors and performers.

• Work on a module for Film and TV to understand the costume department’s role within this ever growing industry.

• Develop the skills to supervise and manage wardrobe departments in large and small theatres including budgets and time management.

• Share classes and projects with students from other programmes to learn about the performance, arts and events industries and how to use experimentation, enquiry and creative research in your work, and prepare to build a successful career.

Career opportunities
Our graduates have gone on to work as costume makers and supervisors in wardrobe departments, for theatre, opera companies, circus, film and cruise liners companies.

You may also be interested in:
Design for Theatre and Performance, BA (Hons)

“I’d recommend Costume Production as it’s a really unique course. It’s very realistic as to how the actual industry works.” Rachel Woolcott, Buyer & General Assistant, Royal Opera House

Course modules

You will learn in the programme’s three dedicated workrooms and use the College’s professional standard laundry with washing machines and dyeing facilities. Productions take place in a variety of venues on campus and in central London. The Learning Resources Centre contains specialist books, videos, and research materials.

Year 1 (Level 4):
Basic construction techniques and pattern cutting – both stand cutting and flat drafting
History of costume
Research and analysis of performance and the theatre industry
Introduction to theatre production
Foundation wear and corsetry
Practical costume making project

Year 2 (Level 5):
Dancewear skills, millinery, fabric painting and breaking down, wig dressing
Historical waistcoat project
Research and context
Two show roles as a wardrobe assistant, including budgeting and dressing
Historical half-scale costume project
Industry placement

Year 3 (Level 6):
Two show roles as a supervisor or maker
Independent research project
Professional preparation
Graduate exhibition

Please visit our website to view the programme and module specifications in detail:

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9250 European Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9250 Home Fees
3 Years - full-time Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £18000 Overseas Fees