School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Art and Design
Start Dates(s): September
Three years full-time
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Live projects, work placements and strong industry engagement will give you a real understanding and first-hand experience of costume design within the context of Performing Arts, TV and Film industries in the region, making you well placed to succeed in your chosen field.
- You will use our new £55 million purpose-built Arts and Media building which includes extensive design studios, specialist workshops, a 350 seat theatre, rehearsal space, TV performance and recording studios
- You will be taught by specialist staff and industry professionals, gaining insight, contacts and direct experience of Costume Design
- Overseas study available
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
This programme will prepare you to enter the costume industry as designers and makers across a wide range of professional environments including live theatre, film, television, festivals, dance & light entertainment and performance. In addition, it will equip you with skills necessary to work in the areas of costume & wardrobe supervision, costume crafts, music video design and styling, and museums and heritage events.
BA (Hons) Costume Design is built on strong industry links and you will have the opportunity to work on industry-led briefs and collaborate with students from a range of our other programmes in performance, film production, television, music, and design. The programme also includes a 40 credit work placement module at level 5.
Salford University has a very hands-on approach to Design. Through a series of practical project-led modules, you will gain a sound understanding of the costume design and production processes and have the opportunity to apply your creativity to a range of situations. You will learn how to analyse and interpret scripts, generate concepts and present your ideas to industry standard.
You will develop strong technical and craft skills in workshop practice, including construction techniques, pattern cutting and textile manipulation. This will be supported by a solid understanding of costume history.
BA (Hons) Costume Design aims to introduce you to the process of costume design for film, theatre and performance and is very much about developing both creative and practical skills. A combination of lively studio-based design modules will enable you to shape your studies around particular areas of interest within the field of costume design, for example; design, making or wardrobe supervision.
The course has strong links with the costume design industry and is taught by specialist tutors who have established careers in the field. This course also invites key figures and specialist professionals to deliver guest lectures and contribute to teaching and learning. A mix of both cultural and industry location visits are embedded within the course which supports our practice-based learning approach.
Located in the heart of one of the world’s major centers for TV, Film Production, Theatre, Music, Performance and Festivals, the programme offers significant opportunities to work with local, regional, national and International organisations.
All students will be given the opportunity to undertake a period of international study in the second year and can apply for funding to support their studies whilst abroad.
Work placements and industry sponsored projects form a key part of the course allowing you to experience the cutting edge of set and scenic design practice.
The first year is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed on the programme and which underpin both design and production. An exciting series of projects will be used to introduce you to the many processes involved with costume design, including analysis of scripts and narrative arcs, developing initial ideas and how to communicate them, visual presentation techniques, construction skills and establishing an understanding of the jobs roles and industry requirements related to the field of costume.
During the second year you will work more closely with industry through modules that offer live projects and work placement opportunities. This means that, in addition to developing your practical skills and understanding, you are also gaining valuable first hand industry experience and making contact with costume and wardrobe industry professionals.
The final year starts with a 20 credit project module which is designed to get you up-to-speed swiftly, before embarking on a major design project. Within the Research Methods for Costume Design module you will be able to develop a personal design brief which forms the basis of your final Major Project module. This allows you to produce a detailed, industry-standard project which reflects your strengths, interests and career ambitions, forming a key element of your portfolio when you graduate from the University of Salford.
A strand of critical and contextual studies modules run throughout the programme and will explore the history and cultural significance of costume, as well as the various debates that have built up around the design practice and industry. At the same time, the programme as a whole will equip you with a range of entrepreneurial skills, team working and leadership skills as well as the commercial awareness needed by industry.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.