BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume


About the BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume

This established and diverse course is taught by talented and well-respected costumiers in the industry. Over three years you will cover an astonishing array of practical techniques ranging from pattern cutting to props and millinery.

Over the course students will become skilled at a vast range of historical and contemporary costuming practices, incorporating design and construction, wet and dry textile techniques, screen-printing, tailoring and set model making.

In addition to lectures, one-to-one tutorials, industry placements and educational visits, this course culminates in a dramatic live costume show attended by an audience of globally recognised costume designers and makers.

Scarborough is famous for its festivals from Sci-Fi to Sea-fest and the original Scarborough Fair as well as boasting two famous Goth Festivals in the nearby town of Whitby. Placements include working at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, York Theatre Royal and with local film company Green Screen Productions.

Why choose this course?

We offer students the opportunity to study both costume design and construction, integrating textiles into 3D costume props and millinery.

You enjoy hands-on projects and are keen to understand the standards and requirements of the Industry today. You will learn to develop transferable skills, technical, inter-personal, intellectual and social skills. Contextual studies will help you to understand how historical costume has influenced contemporary fashion and how a costume can enhance a performance, story line or character.

We deliver a curriculum that enables students to discover their individual talents by providing you with a range of projects, work placements and educational opportunities.

You are interested in the role of costume in the games industry, LARP or Cos-play and understand that these are developing markets within fine arts practice.

We aim to get you industry ready and able to create opportunities that lead to work within the creative arts including theatre, film, comic- con, museums and film companies.

You will study:

The degree balances the delivery of 6 modules in each year: 3 modules in semester 1 and 3 modules in semester 2. Modules include Costume Design for Characterisation, Textiles, Historical Pattern Cutting and Costume Construction for Performance, Professional Practice and Contextual Studies.  All modules are mandatory and are designed to enable the successful student to progress onto the next level. Work placement is built into the second year Professional Practice module.

Final year students negotiate their own pathway through three final costume design and construction outcomes giving you the opportunity to produce work that reflects your personal skills, interests and aspirations.

Final year students will focus on self-devised projects and build on a portfolio of work that is tailored to the industry. Students also undertake a Dissertation on a subject of their choice. Final year students also learn how to fundraise and produce a dramatic final Costume Show and exhibition.

What next

Students who have graduated from the course have gone onto become professional artists and creative practitioners. Students have also gone onto study for an MA or entered into teaching.

UCAS information

  • University Centre Grimbsy
  • Scarborough TEC – Filey Road campus
  • Course code: W451
  • Institution code: G80
University of Hull

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