General information about applying for our undergraduate courses and the interview process.
I feel that being a student here has really given me the experience and the confidence to be able to become a professional and I can’t thank Central enough for that. For example, on placement I worked within wardrobe and costume on the Pinewood Studios film Crooked House which was a fantastic experience and I learnt a lot about the industry.
Graduated 2016, recent theatre credits include Beauty and the Beast at The Playhouse Theatre and the UK tour of An Evening of Dirty Dancing.
Studying at Central has prepared me so well for the industry. The collaborative nature of the course, small class sizes, working to real time on public productions and industry placements allowed me to gain the confidence to work in professional environments through a range of experiences. The skills and knowledge I have learnt has given me a great foundation.
Graduate 2017, film work includes Trainee Costume Maker for Aladdin and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, as Costume Maker for Leicester’s Curve Theatre.
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3 years full-time, October start
Institution code: C35, Course code: W460
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Theatre Practice
On the Costume Construction pathway of BA (Hons) Theatre Practice, you will:
Technically skilled and creatively inventive ‘makers’ are an essential part of any production team, sensitive to the stylistic intentions of the designer and director. The training will principally be in theatre, but these skills are widely transferable to different environments, including television, film and major live events.
The work of the costume constructor is to interpret the given costume designs, whether period or modern, abstract or representational. As part of the production team, you will work closely with the costume designer to interpret the brief and create costumes and accessories to the level of finish expected by contemporary audiences, and are able to research and understand the time, place and narrative of the production through analysis of scripts and creative concepts.
Alongside high-level and varied costume making skills, you will develop skills in time management, resource management, budgeting and scheduling, working closely with students of all other theatre disciplines to contribute to the overall understanding of performance and theatre production.
Costume construction is a craft that requires the making of garments suited to the modern body, while achieving correct shapes and silhouettes for particular eras and designs. You will learn to produce garments that are appropriate for the character and comfortable to enable the performer to use costume to enhance their performance. The course does not focus solely on historical garments and is proud of the range of projects included.
Course Leader, Caroline Townsend explains the difference between Costume Construction and Costume Design
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
For information on alternative entry requirements see www.ucas.com.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central travelling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
From the second year, you will have the opportunity to arrange placements across a wide range of professional companies that work with Central, allowing access to many performance styles and industry locations.
These include Costume departments of:
Students have also worked with designers and costume supervisors such as:
You will have opportunities to work with professional companies across a wide range of productions. The following gives an overview of recent activity in this area:
First-year students have worked with set and costume designer Simon Kenny on the Tableau Vivant Project and costume designer/supervisor Helen Coyston on Friends Of Narcissus at the Minack Theatre;
Second and third year students have assisted costume supervisor Hilary Lewis on The Heresy Of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe; assisted costume supervisor Natasha Prynne on Carmen for the Nevill Holt Opera; assisted costume supervisor Samantha Pickering on A Mad World, My Masters for English Touring Theatre; worked with designer Keith Orton making costumes for London Assurance at the Miller Centre and undertaken an internship with Philip Treacy.
Recently second and third year students undertook placements with Hand and Lock, English Touring Theatre, the Royal Opera House, Disney alterations department for Beauty And The Beast, The Conran Shop, The BBC Redux project and the National Theatre costume department.
In the final year, there is the opportunity to work with a professional company to create costumes for one of their productions. For example, many students (and graduates) have undertaken work experience with the White Horse Theatre Company as costume makers and costume supervisors.
Lorraine Westhead, Brigid Strowbridge, Karen Hobbs, Karen Large, Jane Smith, Rachel Young, Kate Flanaghan, Nancy Betton, Lydia Cawson, Simon Kenny, Hannah McMahon-Major, Natasha Prynne.
Graduate employment and career pathways include:
Lauren Butler (2012) Costume Supervisor at Opera Holland Park, previously Costume Maker at English Touring Opera.
Jessica Pile (2012) is Production Director of Hand and Lock, which specialises in bespoke, individually crafted embroidery.
Rhys Tucker (2007) Deputy Wardrobe Master for the London production of Phantom Of The Opera.
View profiles of the academic staff who teach on this course. Click on each staff member to find out more about them.
View profiles of Costume Construction students who graduated in 2018