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Costume for Performance (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
This BA Costume for Performance (Hons) course at the University of the Arts London (UAL) prepares students for a career working with costume and fashion in the performance industry, by learning a specialist subject in the heart of a thriving cultural capital city.
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The BA Costume for Performance  (Hons) course at University of the Arts London (UAL) focuses on both designing and making. Students benefit from workshops, teaching by industry practitioners and work placement opportunities. The course explores costume in the context of theatre, film, music and television, as well as more specialised performance such as circus and carnival.

The course integrates the intellectual demands of interpreting a text, or other written element, with the specialised design and craft skills required for the creation of original costumes.

The cultural and historical context of the subject is explored, to enhance the design and realisation of the practical work. Working in performance is always a collaborative venture, where the success of the production depends upon the joint efforts of a number of creative and specialised designers and makers, who work together with the director and performers.

Students on this course have the advantage of being able to work with students from the related disciplines of 3D effects and hair, make-up and prosthetics. Students have the opportunity to do a short work placement in the industry, and there are several industry-facing projects within the course. The course currently has a relationship with the Royal Ballet School where students have the opportunity to do work placements in the Costume Department at the Covent Garden and Richmond Park schools. All the subject tutors teaching on the course are practitioners with extensive experience of the industry.


All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Recent Costume graduates from this course have gone on to work as designers, makers and supervisors, both contracted and freelance, in film, television, theatre, music promotions, opera and fashion. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Design for Performance
  • Introduction to Costume for Performance
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Better Lives
  • Collaboration One: Design and Production
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Option unit
  • Core Skill: Period and Contemporary Menswear
  • Option: Situating Your Practice unit
  • Collaboration Two: Interdisciplinary and Experimental
  • Cultural and Historical Studies Dissertation
  • Innovation and Design

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A Level – Minimum of 2 A Level at Grades A*- C to total 96 new UCAS tariff. Preferred subjects include Art, Design, English, Drama and Film Studies;
  • or Merit, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) would ‘normally’ expect Foundation plus at least one A-level, with a total of at least 96 tariff points;
  • or Merit, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma preferred subjects Art & Design;
  • or Merit at UAL Extended Diploma; or Access Diploma or ’96 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • or 96 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 240 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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