Costume Two Year FdA Costume for Theatre, TV and Film


Costume Two Year FdA

Key Information
  • Award

    Foundation Degree (FdA) Costume for Theatre, TV and Film

  • UCAS Code


  • Duration

    2 years (full-time) with a 1 year BA (Hons) top-up option.

  • Dates

    24th Sep 2018 – 5th Jul 2019 (full time)

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Course Overview

This is an intensive vocational and highly practical course for up to six students per year covering all aspects of costume work.

This includes pattern drafting flat and on the stand, costume construction, corset making flat and on the stand, millinery and ruffs and rebatos, foundation wear, stretch wear and body padding, basic tailoring techniques, hand and machine embroidery, tutu construction, printing techniques, dyeing distressing and costume enhancement.

The Supervisory elements include costume supervision, costume assisting and the various roles within the Costume department, hiring and buying to budget, wig care, basic make up, organising fittings and keeping an accurate and up to date costume bible, liasing with Designers and directors and shopping to specific briefs.

The students work to given designs, drafting, fixing and making for and dressing all School’s public productions and TV shoots which number between twelve and fourteen per year.

A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available consult the BOVTS policies and procedures page.

Course summary document can be found here – FdA Costume Course Key Facts


Theatre placements include: Bristol Costume Services, The National Theatre, Royal Opera House,English National Ballet, Wicked, English National Opera.

TV placements include: Poldark, Vanity Fair, The Father Brown Mysteries, The Crystal Maze

Recent Work

Graduate Show

The graduating students from the 2 year fda and the one year BA top up will have an exhibition of their course work at the RWA building in Bristol.

This is regularly attended by a range of Industry professionals, who are often in a position to offer our graduating students employment.

I find it immensely satisfying passing on the baton and continuing the culture of generosity of the many people who taught me. It’s a privilege and pleasure to nurture and teach so many talented young people and see them flourish in their career. Cathy Stewart, Head of Scenic Art