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Performance Costume

The University of Edinburgh

Master
21 months
Duration
8771 GBP/year
3942 GBP/year
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About

This exciting Performance Costume programme of study at The University of Edinburgh, which aims to develop the craft and philosophy of costume design for live performance, screen, or site-specific installation, is unique in its approach.

Overview

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8771 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3942 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6900 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 21 months.

Funding

  • Edinburgh College of Art scholarships

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