During the Performance Costume programme at The University of Edinburgh, you will develop your concepts and creativity by interpreting a text or exploring a theme, thinking about character, movement and the performance environment. Instruction in the skills of pattern cutting, textile manipulation, millinery, puppetry, set design, Computer Aided Design (CAD), welding, knitting, illustration and life drawing help you expand your skills base.
You will work on developing a comprehensive understanding of fabric, costume design and cutting, while exploring the historical and dramatic perspectives of the discipline and the process of performance. This creative freedom and the combination of the practical developing alongside the conceptual, will provide you with a wide range of skills and a flexibility valued and highly respected by the industry.
Postgraduate students are ideally placed to study the interaction between costume and the other arts such as fashion, textiles, jewellery, film and TV, animation, illustration, installation, music and dance, and to take part in collaborations inside and outside of the University.
Thanks to our extensive national and international links with theatre, dance, film, television and opera companies, plus our network of freelance designers, you’ll be supported in sourcing work experience and other hands-on opportunities that will give you real-world skills and experience.
Postgraduate studies in performance costume open up access to a wide range of work for the stage and screen. You will benefit from the superb reputation of this programme to help find employment within the spheres of drama, opera, film and television.
Graduates of performance costume have an outstanding record of success within the industry, with recent graduates working on many productions: including – on film: Wild Rose, Mary Queen of Scots, Bohemian Rhapsody, Artemis Fowl, Paddington 2; on TV series/Netflix – The Crown, Outlander, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Killing Eve; as well as Royal Opera House, V & A Museum, Scottish Opera, Northern Ballet and Madame Tussauds.
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- This project-led programme is assessed by the production of a body of practical and written work on agreed topics.
- Your projects will be led by narrative, theme or performance medium. They will offer scope for individual sustained research and design development for costume design. Your study will combine practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series which will examine the wider context of your studies.
- 21 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
DisciplinesVisual Arts Fashion Design View 70 other Masters in Fashion Design in United Kingdom
Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.
You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should:
- demonstrate your individuality and originality
- include costume/fashion designs that demonstrate your illustration skills
- showcase your creative textile work, costume or garment making skills
- include images of any work experience or professional work for costuming stage or screen productions
- include images of your design processes, such as design sketching, design development drawing and garment prototypes
- include life drawing and technical drawings for costume or clothing
International8771 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 months.
EU/EEA3942 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6900 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 months.
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