MA Costume Design for Performance

United Kingdom
Dates flexible
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Course Fee

Course Overview

Course summary:

This costume design course develops confident and experimental practitioners who push the boundaries of costume, both for live performance and film.


MA Costume Design for Performance combines theory and practice to nurture creative ideas about costume and performance. Taught largely on a one to one basis, students design, realise and experiment with costume based performance ideas.

Great reasons to apply:

  • Graduates find employment as assistant designers and costume supervisors in the theatre and film industry.
  • The opportunity to showcase work to the public on a professional platform such as at Sadler's Wells or the V&A.
  • Access to highly specialist workshop facilities and the expertise of supporting technicians

Who should take this course

Anyone Interested.

Course content

Course details:

Beyond the understanding of performance and the role of character creation through costume, the study of Costume Design at MA level allows you to locate your practice within the wider realms of contemporary culture and art, as well as within the relevant dramatic, social and political contexts. The course offers many opportunities for collaborations within the college or the wider context of the University of the Arts as well as with practitioners from the large performance and art sector in London and the UK. The relationship between drawing, practical realisation and performance is central to the way design is approached - ideas are developed on paper, 3D modelling, through movement, as well as through pattern cutting, textile and material manipulation and practical testing. Practical experimentation is achieved through access to the extensive technical facilities available within the college and the expanding knowledge of the uses of analogue and digital methods. The costume studios are well equipped to enable students to develop their ideas into practical realisation, and expert technical support is provided for students on a weekly basis.

Course structure:

  • 15 months, level 7, 180 credits

Term one:

  • Costume for Live Performance (40 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits)

Term two:

  • Costume for Film (40 units)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

Terms three and four:

  • Masters Project (60 credits)
  • Travelling across London

Fees & Funding:

  • Home / EU fee

About Course Provider

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university. Its unique creative community is made up of six renowned Colleges, each with its own world-class reputation: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

UAL is the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Offering an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, UAL is the main talent pipeline to the UK’s creative industries.

Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates can be found in every part and at every level of the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global business to self-employed practitioners, and on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

Building on UAL’s association with some of the most original thinkers in the arts, students and staff are inspired to challenge convention, generate new ideas and nurture talent. Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialist subjects. This close-knit College structure offers opportunities for learning and enquiry for people at all stages of their creative development.

How to enroll?

Provide us with your contact details, course provider will get back to you.

A representative from University of Arts London will contact you soon.