BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume

UCAS Code: W451
BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume Awarding body

About the BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume course

The BA (Hons) Historical and Performance Costume 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.

What you will learn

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.