Megan Little, Carnival costume

BA (Hons) Costume Production

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
4 years; full-time Extended BA route
6 years; part-time
7 years; part-time Extended BA route


Course: PW34
Institution: P65

From script analysis to character realisation- on this course you will develop your practical and design skills for costume in performance.

The unique strength of this course lies in its combination of technical focus with opportunities to experience the performance industry first-hand.

Both academically robust and creatively stimulating, the hugely diverse range of processes and media that we have on offer makes us a truly exciting place to study costume production. Interdisciplinary collaboration is actively encouraged, particularly amongst your peers in film and other media productions and as a student at Arts University Plymouth you’ll gain unrivalled access to a range of digital processes, textile printing and 3D-making.

With an overall satisfaction of 92%, BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts also had 100% student satisfaction in the categories: “Staff have made the subject interesting” and “My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt”
- National Student Survey 2022

Tabby Carter, Amadeus Moodboard (2020)

Using dedicated studio workshops you will develop costume design interpretation, pattern cutting, wearable props and tailoring. You’ll also benefit from masterclasses led by experts in specialist areas such as millinery and costume enhancement.

You’ll gain the most sought-after costume craft skills, including strong technical competence in pattern-cutting and construction for costume and accessories. You’ll learn how to cut and make costumes to industry-standard, with first-hand advice from wardrobe professionals, whilst benefiting from an enviable professional network through our links within the performance industries.

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Costume Production students from the School of Design + Communication have access to a wide range of facilities.

Our programme incorporates research into the historical and cultural contexts of costume as well as giving you a critical understanding and appreciation of costume design principles.

You will gain experience working on live commissions, developing essential organisational and communication skills, alongside entering international competitions, such as New Zealand’s World of Wearable Art and the Costume Society’s Patterns of Fashion, in which our students have reached the finals three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018).

Your learning will be supported by a dedicated team of professionals who have worked for theatre and TV companies including Channel 4 Royal Shakespeare Company, and West End Producer Cameron Mackintosh. You will also gain real-world insights from visiting professionals like Michele Carrighar (Game of Thrones) Paul Farnsworth (Lend Me A Tenor) and Susannah Buxton (Downton Abbey).

The Actors Wheel production of Faustus Photographer credit essential Claire Tregaskis

The Actors Wheel production of Faustus. Photo credit: Claire Tregaskis

In TV and film, our students have contributed to BBC’s ‘Poldark’, ‘Frontier’ by Take the Shot Productions, Canada, and BAFTA-winning director Robert Young’s film ‘Curse of the Phoenix’, which won the Platinum Award at Houston WorldFest, as well as working behind the scenes of smash-hit stage productions such as 'The Red Shoes', 'Rebecca' and touring shows from the Actors Wheel, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘King Lear’.

Our students also create costumes for exhibition purposes, gaining commissions from the National Trust, showcasing their skill at major events such as TheatreCraft and Destinations, London and attending immersive theatre to view large-scale costumes in action (such as Puy Du Fou historical theme park and Les Machines de L’ile).

Students from this course have been awarded work opportunities at prestigious institutions, including Glyndebourne Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the National Theatre. Our horizons are global and opportunities for studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions are also available.

"Arts University Plymouth gave me the opportunity to study as a mature student on a course that has changed my career. It gave me the freedom to study locally, which, as someone with family ties and commitments in the area was essential. During the course I was able to collaborate with other departments, utilising different facilities, equipment and staff, thus giving me the possibility of expanding my skill set in a range of diverse genres that are needed for a career in costume production and small prop making. One of the greatest resources in the university were the staff, whose extensive technical knowledge, industry contacts and experience has been invaluable both throughout the course and as an Alumni."
Heidi Peace, BA (Hons) Costume Production
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Rachel Kitchen, The Curious Mermaid (2020)

With an overall satisfaction of 92%, BA (Hons) Costume Production & Associated Crafts also had 100% student satisfaction in the categories: “Staff have made the subject interesting” and “My course has provided me with opportunities to apply what I have learnt”.

92% of students agreed that “Staff are good at explaining things”, “My course has provided me with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth” and “I have been able to access course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when I needed to”. 90% of students were satisfied with the learning opportunities and 87% satisfied with the teaching on the course.

85% of students were satisfied with the learning resources available and agreed that “The criteria used in marking have been clear in advance”, “Feedback on my work has been timely” and “The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well”.

Although many of our students do come in with top grades and high UCAS points, these aren’t necessarily essential for entry. We typically ask for a minimum of 112 UCAS points, but we understand that talented artists, designers and makers can have a wide range of relevant strengths and skills beyond formal qualifications. We’re just as interested in exploring your portfolio and discussing your creative experiences as we are in seeing your grades.

We recognise the value of a variety of qualifications and relevant experience and welcome applications from students who have followed less traditional routes. We also accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

For more information please consult our How to Apply page and the UCAS Tariff Table.