Costume with Textiles BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Places available in clearing. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year



About the course

So much goes into designing and creating a successful costume. You’ll analyse, interpret and make the visual elements of character expression and storytelling through the relationship between costume, the body and movement. We’ll encourage you to take risks and to question and challenge your work.

Working from classic and contemporary texts, you’ll investigate design, textiles and construction techniques to give you a thorough grounding in all aspects of costume. We’ll look at experimentation in costume design and illustration, textile artistry, advanced pattern cutting and construction techniques, bespoke garment fitting and final costume realisation. You’ll also have the chance to develop professional costume skills such as text/music/character analysis, in-depth visual and contextual research methods, communication and presentation practice and applying reflection and evaluation to your work.

On the practical side, you’ll learn textiles specialisms including embroidery and print, as developed and used in the costume field. Our design, construction and textiles studios are home to facilities which help bring your ideas to life including computer aided design (CAD), and traditional and contemporary embroidery and printing techniques including hand crafting, 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. You’ll also be introduced to techniques for ageing and breaking down textiles in costume for a variety of performance areas. We’ll give you the chance to get out and about, with trips to current costume related exhibitions, performances and events.

In your third year, you can also take optional placements out in the world of costume to gain industry experience. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to design and make costumes for a wide range of performances, including theatre, opera, dance and film. Your final year culminates in a live performance or exhibition showcasing your graduate work.

While studying Costume with Textiles at the University of Huddersfield I have been able to really explore and experiment with different techniques across all areas of costume: design, construction and textiles. I loved being able to give everything a go and really figure out where my strengths lie. The option of having different pathways in final year really enabled me to showcase my true potential and further explore the areas I enjoyed the most. On the course I was given many incredible opportunities that took me out of my comfort zone and really pushed me to look at things from a whole different perspective.

Profile photo of 2019 Costume with Textiles graduate Chlow Dickinson

Chloe Dickinson, Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) 2019 graduate

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Costume Construction

This module helps you to develop the knowledge needed to transfer a design concept into a three-dimensional costume. You’ll be introduced to appropriate sewing methods for toile and costume construction, and the basic principles of flat pattern cutting, basic block manipulation and experimentation with cut. You will be asked to produce a comprehensive file of patterns and samples. (100% construction file).

Introduction to Textiles for Costume

In this module a series of practical workshops will introduce you to basic skills in a variety of drawing and textile processes and techniques, developing your ability to creatively explore textiles for costume. Colour palette and knowledge of fabric types and quality will also be explored and form a crucial part of the process. (100% portfolio).

Fashion and Costume: History and Contemporary Context

This module provides an introduction to key historical, cultural, political, social and economic contexts which affect our readings of fashion and costume practices. It will include a review of stylistic change and how it has been influenced by key macro trends, cultural movements and also socio-political and technological change. The research and performance contexts of fashion and costume practices will also be considered. (40% group presentation/60% individual assignment).

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)

27% of the study time on this course is spent in tutorials, practical demonstrations, lectures etc.

You will encounter studio based tutorials and practical demonstrations taught by specialist staff and designers, who will monitor your progress throughout the course. Your assessment will include design-work portfolios, written assignments and seminar presentations, individually and in groups.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Inspirational field trips to destinations of educational and cultural significance are a compulsory component of the course and will be funded by the University. Trips may include visits to museums, exhibitions and trade shows.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

The Barbara Hepworth Building

The new Barbara Hepworth Building at the University of Huddersfield brings together our Art, Design and Architecture programmes under one roof. A beacon of innovation, the open studio environment empowers students through the co-location of disciplines with the same learning spaces.

Designed for experimentation, students will have the opportunity to develop, curate and exhibit their work in innovative spaces, utilising fully extensive and leading workshop facilities such as 3D printers for rapid prototyping and modelling, laser cutters, Wacom drawing tablets, virtual reality and motion tracking sensors, print and dye, maker library, photography studios, advanced 3D technologies, digital print centre, specialist studios and software and the ability to get access to all facilities and much more.

Named after the famous West Yorkshire born sculptor, the building's main frontage overlooks the picturesque Huddersfield Narrow Canal that runs through the heart of the University's campus.

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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; 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; Birmingham Costume Hire - Birmingham; Central Youth Theatre - Wolverhampton; Hat Therapy - Hebden Bridge; Souraya – Australia; Zandra Rhodes – London; The Crucible Theatre – Sheffield and Bayerische Staatsoper – Germany.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 or the EU, 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.

For most of my placement year I worked at Asher Levine's New York studio where I worked on a range of projects from cruise ship costumes, to custom outfits for Nicki Minaj, to producing textiles for a high-end fashion line and assisting making a custom art piece to be displayed in the MoMA.

Profile photo of Costume with Textiles 2019 graduate Gabriella DiGregorio>

Gabriella DiGregorio, Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) 2019 graduate

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student Work

A gallery of work from our Costume with Textiles students and graduate shows. Click on each image to find out more.
You can see more work from Costume on their blog page.

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 subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

Source: **GEMS

89-90% Graduates employed*

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At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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