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Arts University Bournemouth

Costume and Performance Design

UCAS Code: W451

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Theatrical wardrobe design

**AUB's course has been recognised as a centre of excellence by The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017.**
The course seeks to present you with demanding but exciting and valuable projects that will demonstrate the breadth of the costume and performance design subject areas and the focus that you will need to achieve in order to succeed in a competitive employment market. Graduates from this course have gone on to design and make costumes for theatres and film studios all over the world, so if this is your dream we can help you achieve it.

**What you will study**
You’ll discover how to create whole new worlds on this exciting and creative course. You’ll design and make costumes and sets for shows, films, plays and new performance disciplines. This is a diverse and demanding subject – you need to be interested in art, design and all types of performance. As well as technical skill, you’ll realise great design depends on your ability to interpret ideas and we place a real emphasis on conceptual work. You’ll work alongside students from the film, make-up, and acting courses on stage and film productions. While your eventual career may not be in both design and making, we believe that understanding the overall production process is what sets our students apart and gives them an edge.

In the first year, the course curriculum explores both performance design and costume interpretation equally. During the second year you may if you choose, select and focus on an industry-specific specialism. Most of our students undertake a work placement in Year 2. Work placements are also an excellent opportunity to make contacts and the course has strong links in film, television and theatre. Placements can be taken at a variety of companies, including large-scale theatres, mid-sized and touring theatre productions, television or film productions, costume work rooms or running wardrobes, large costume hire companies, individual designers and makers.

Approximately 75% of your time will be contact hours, including scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio, and the remainder will be independent study. 100% of assessment for this course is coursework based.

**You can choose to complete your degree in one of the following named awards:**
- BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Design for Screen)

- BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Scenography)

- BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Supervision)

- BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design (Costume Interpretation)

**By the end of the course you will be able to...**
- Demonstrate and evaluate a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of costume and/or performance design through the acquisition of specific discipline skills and abilities.

- Synthesise and evaluate understanding of costume and performance design and their place within the broader cultural context through the acquisition of specific discipline skills in research and critical thinking.

- Illustrate your ability to use creative, aesthetic and technological skills to communicate performance design and costume interpretation solutions through a variety of methods.

- Demonstrate a broad understanding of your vocational aspirations and individual practice and how your practice sits within the professional environment.

- Participate in collaborative working situations that will develop your practical skills and the ability to work with others.

- Synthesise and evaluate your personal strengths and needs through self-reflection that will relate to future career aspirations and potential postgraduate study.

**Studios and resources**
Each studio space has enough industry standard cutting and designing tables for each student to work on. Students also have access to: industrial sewing machines and overlockers, industrial steam presses, CAD driven embroidery machines and dye and textiles room, where you can use dyeing and screen printing equipment.

Assessment methods

Coursework and practical work

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Arts University Bournemouth

Department:

Faculty of Media and Performance

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Theatrical wardrobe design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,240
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Design occupations
23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
5%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Theatrical wardrobe design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£20k

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£24k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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