Costume with Textiles BA(Hons)


Start date

19 September 2022


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Our Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) course offers a fresh approach to costume design. Working from classic and contemporary texts, you’ll investigate costume design, textiles and construction techniques to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of costume.

Why study Costume with Textiles?

  • Explore experimentation in costume design and illustration, textile design, advanced pattern cutting and construction techniques, bespoke garment fitting and costume realisation.
  • Have the opportunity to develop professional costume skills such as text/music/character analysis, visual and contextual research methods, presentation practice and applying reflection and evaluation to your work.
  • Our design, construction, and textiles studios are home to facilities that help bring your ideas to life including computer-aided design (CAD), and traditional and contemporary embroidery and printing techniques including handcrafting, laser cutting and digital printing. Our dyeing, printing, embroidery, and construction workrooms have specialist equipment so you can work on surface textile techniques and sophisticated costume construction methods.

Studying costume with textiles I have grown artistically and personally. The course encourages engagement, individuality and creative approach to work. The community aspect of the course is a huge positive, everyone knows and supports each other. The placement year in industry was a key part of this course for me, as I saw my skills in a practical environment and encouraged me to think about how what I have learnt can be applied in a work-based setting. 

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Lucy Watkiss, Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) 2020 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Costume Construction

This module will provide you with the knowledge needed to transfer a design concept into a three-dimensional costume. You will be introduced to the skills of seaming, stitch types and appropriate sewing methods for toile and costume construction including an introduction to basic techniques for prop making and accessories Using bespoke measurements you will learn the basic principles of flat pattern cutting, methods of basic block manipulation, experimentation with cut and the making of costume related patterns. Through the use of these techniques, you will produce a comprehensive file of patterns and samples displaying good technique and finishing skills.

Introduction to Textiles for Costume

A diverse range of materials and techniques will be explored to introduce you to the subject of visual research and development for textile design, and its relationship to costume. An analytical approach will be encouraged to promote the skills of observation, evaluation, selection and combination of methods to record information. You will develop a personal, critical and evaluative approach, together with an aesthetic sensibility. A series of practical workshops and activities will introduce basic skills in a variety of drawing and textile processes, in order to develop your ability to creatively explore textile design for costume, Knowledge of colour and fabric types and classifications will also be explored as part of this process.

Introduction to Critical and Contextual Studies

In this module the history, theory, and culture of fashion and costume will be used to contextualise contemporary industry practices. This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the development of fashion and costume. It will give you foundation knowledge about the history of fashion and dress, and the key cultural, political, social and economic contexts of clothing and the global fashion industry. The module will cover the development of fashion and the fashion industry, identifying the key people, institutions, events, performances and influences that have informed its evolution as a creative and commercial sector. The module will also examine the relationship between fashion, costume, and society, and their connections to other creative and commercial disciplines. It will also consider the positive and negative cultural, economic and environmental impacts of design, manufacturing, and consumption in both human and environmental contexts, in the UK and globally. The module will provide you with a foundation understanding of fashion, costume and their contexts, allowing you to develop critical insight into these industries. The module will support you in developing a critical vocabulary and the means through which to communicate your ideas. It will help you develop your academic skills, including writing, and help you embed critical and contextual material into your chosen course pathway.

Introduction to Costume Design and Illustration

This module introduces script analysis, character interpretation and visual methods of design for costume, selected from a range of performance areas. We’ll help you to understand methods of script analysis and character analysis, in order to inform the design development process. We’ll also introduce you to illustration techniques which explore a variety of media and methods. (100% portfolio)

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level or equivalent.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 120 UCAS tariff points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

As a centre of creative excellence, we look forward to hearing about your own creative experiments and ambitions through a discussion of your portfolio at interview.

Read our guidance on developing your portfolio and what to expect from your interview.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.


The course offers an optional one-year (36 week minimum) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students within the area of Costume with Textiles have previously taken up placement opportunities in theatre, film and television with companies including: Opera North – Leeds; The National Theatre – London; The Royal Exchange – Manchester; Birmingham Royal Ballet - Birmingham; Scottish Ballet – Glasgow; Northern Ballet - Leeds; Royal Shakespeare Company - Stratford; BBC Wales - Cardiff; Opera Australia (based in the Sydney Opera House) - Australia; Cabasa Carnival Arts - Oldham; Central Youth Theatre - Wolverhampton; Hat Therapy - Hebden Bridge; Souraya – Australia; Zandra Rhodes – London; The Crucible Theatre – Sheffield and Bayerische Staatsoper – Germany and Timorous Beasties - Glasgow. You can tailor your placement year to suit you, depending on what specific industry experience you wish to gain.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Taking a placement year has allowed me to experience a variety of working routines and costume environments; some of which have pushed me out of my comfort zone, giving me an insight into non-traditional materials and techniques.

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Alice Cobbin, Costume with Textiles BA(Hons), current student

Student Work

A gallery of work from our Costume with Textiles students and graduate shows. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career

This course aims to help you develop the skills needed for roles such as costume designers and makers for film, opera, theatre, dance and television; textile designers for the creative industries; wardrobe assistants; set designers; illustrators; stylists and teachers. Some companies our graduates have gone on to work with include Angels the Costumiers, The Beamish Museum, Bristol Costume Services, The English National Theatre, Opera North and The Northern Ballet.**


* Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (Unistats 17/18 data, UK domiciled graduates)

Source: **GEMS

95% Graduates employed*

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