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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
This specialist course focuses equally on the development of your designing and costume construction skills. Learning fundamental principles together with innovative and bespoke techniques, you will learn how to translate your creative ideas through 2D and 3D design into professional finished costumes. These could be for use in theatre, film, ballet, television, commercials, events, festivals, concerts, and historical contexts.
How you're taught
On this course, you will spend your time in creative studio environments. Teaching and learning experiences will include:
Assessment is 100% coursework. You will receive feedback throughout.
Depending on the module, assessment may include:
Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.
Exchanges, trips and study visits
There is the opportunity for you to see drama, musical theatre and dance pieces in Years One and Two. Recent trips have included a backstage tour of the National Theatre, the Hollywood Costume exhibit at the V&A Museum in London, the Newstead Abbey costume collection, and the National Theatre and RSC live at Cineworld. Students have also been to watch Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella, designed by John Macfarlane.
The University is part of the Erasmus programme and has agreements with partner institutions throughout Europe. Our Costume Design and Making students have recently been on exchange to Spain (Barcelona), New Zealand, the USA, and Hong Kong
In your final year you may choose to exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses. It's a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.
Costume Design and Making work from our Degree Show is selected for exhibition at New Designers in London, and for entry to prizes and graduate award programmes.
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
This course has an excellent employability rate, with 100% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2015/16).
A wide variety of graduate career opportunities for this course exist in the live and recorded performing arts, as well as more widely related employment in the areas of film, television, theatre, opera, dance, music, and live performance.
Additional opportunities are available in advertising campaigns, heritage projects, commercials, events, festivals, circuses, pageants, concerts, and light entertainment.
Recent graduates from this course are working as freelance costume designers, trainee costume designers, and wardrobe assistants for a range of theatre, film, and television productions. This includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book of Mormon, and The Winter's Tale at the Garrick Theatre, London. They are also working for world-renowned organisations such as Angels Costumes in London.
Hear from our Costume Design and Making alumni
YouFirst – working with our Employability team
Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.
Links with industry and practice
Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to be involved with various activities to develop links with industry. Live projects and competitions offer you the chance to develop skills and gain professional experience. Organisations and programmes the course collaborates with include:
In your final year, there is the opportunity to work with local cultural centres (theatres, museums, events, heritage centres, and festivals). You will also be encouraged to participate in national competitions and costume events.
Industry experts who have recently taught on this course include:
Work placement and internship opportunities
We encourage you to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Staff will help and support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.
Our students have recently completed work placements with:
Our Costume Design and Making students are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:
Also available for you to use are our:
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
What are we looking for?
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. You must, however, have a creative portfolio to present at interview. If you are a non-standard applicant, you will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.
The UCAS Tariff
In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.
If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.
Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.
Claudia Agyemang-Yeboah, Human Rights and Justice – LLM, (Ghana)
“The city is ideal. I’ve been to London a couple of times and frankly it is too busy and too big for me. Nottingham has a city vibe but it’s smaller and as I am based on City Campus there are so many places that you can go without having to even use transportation which economically is very good as well!”
“There are so many opportunities when you are at NTU. Take advantage of every opportunity that you have. Sign up and do something, it builds up your experience and confidence. NTU is such a relaxing, comfortable environment with so many friendly people. I’ve met most of my friends from my classes and have met people from so many places. It was a goal of mine to make friends not only from Africa, but from all over the world. The Global Lounge is a great place to meet new people, have a cup of coffee and hang out.
“It’s a good decision coming here. I’d do it over and over again. I’ve learnt a lot in so many ways. If you have the opportunity, you should really consider here. The experience has been wonderful and I’m enjoying every second of it.”
Makayla Martinez, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion, (United States of America)
"I am 21 and have changed my plans but I think it is the best decision I have made in my life. Fashion has always been my dream and since being here last year, I had never felt such a sense of belonging.
"I chose NTU because of the social side and the sense of community. This seemed so prevalent here; I have made so many friends from all over the world. There is so much to do in the city. It is so friendly and unified!"
“My main piece of advice would be to do research about the city before you arrive. Make sure you know where your accommodation is in relation to the rest of the city and where you will be studying, that is really important. I had no idea how big the city was so at the beginning it took time to find out what grocery stores there were and where was good to eat out. Research will help with this as well as not being afraid to explore and find new things. You can ask anyone for help too as it is a really friendly city."
Kamakshi Marwah, MSc Applied Child Psychology, (India)
“While applying I considered other university courses but NTU had better facilities to offer and the course offered a proper melange of theories and real world applications. I was very particular about module structure, programme-based ranking and university rankings. NTU has a prestigious reputation and the quality of learning they provide is something I considered while applying to this University.”
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“Every day has become a new learning chapter. I believe that my learning as a postgraduate student has significantly enhanced my capabilities and skills set which will help me for my future career. Postgraduate study has given me a new dimension to my career plans as I have discovered new career opportunities where I can work and give back to society. I plan to work as a counsellor or child psychologist in a school or charitable organisation and, after gaining few years of professional experience, I would also consider pursuing a PhD.”
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