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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Costume Design and Construction

UCAS Code: W451
BA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

Not Available

% applicants receiving offers

17%

Subjects
  • Drama
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
89% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

CCD grades or above. English, Drama or a Theatre related subject required. Maths and English required at GCSE level.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BBCC grades or above English, Drama or a Theatre related subject. We will only count the highest level of qualification in any subject. This means that we wouldn?t count SQA Highers if you have an Advanced Higher in the same or similar subject

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
28

English, Drama or a Theatre related subject.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of Not Available and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

17%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Costume design and construction is the process of creating and manufacturing clothing and accessories for performers in theatre, film, television and other associated media sectors. Costume designers and makers research, design, source and construct costumes for real or fictional characters, creating practical, bespoke items relevant to historical period and style. This vocational and highly practical course examines costume design and construction both conceptually and practically. The course collaborates with our other performing arts courses as well as external productions and projects and you will work on a variety of productions throughout your time on the course.

Modules

Year 1: Costume history and research; introduction to costume design; introduction to costume construction; practice based learning. Year 2: Costume design; costume interpretation; advanced construction techniques; pattern cutting; practice based learning, career development; specialist skills. Year 3: Practice based learning as costume designer or supervisor; placement; projects. Year 4: Honours project; practice based learning; individually designed specialisms.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Campus panorama

Queen Margaret University Edinburgh is one of the newest universities in the country. QMU combines a relevant education, a high standard of living, a great student experience and a phenomenal employability rate to create a unique university for the 6,000 students who study here. Nearly 80% of our student population is female, all enjoying what Edinburgh has to offer as a top student city.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
44%
56%

Year 1

38%
62%

Year 2

5%
81%
14%

Year 3

5%
85%
10%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
70%
30%

Year 1

62%
38%

Year 2

67%
33%

Year 3

71%
29%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

71%

Feedback on work has been helpful

67%

Feedback on work has been prompt

45%

Staff are good at explaining things

82%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
397 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £15k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

8%

Graduates who are sales supervisors

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Drama is a very popular degree subject – in 2012, over 5,800 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, so be prepared to practise your people skills. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, design, journalism 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 – over one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months.
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