Costume for Theatre, TV & Film FdA Costume for Theatre, TV and Film


Costume for Theatre, TV & Film FdA

Key Information
  • Award

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

  • UCAS Code


  • Duration

    2 years full time with the opportunity to apply for a 1 year BA (Hons) top-up

  • Dates

    28th Sep 2020 – 9th Jul 2021 (full time)

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Course Overview

Please note: Applications OPEN on 18th July 2019 and will close at 4pm on Friday 28th February 2020


This is an intensive vocational and highly practical course 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.

Students who successfully complete the FDA Costume for Theatre, Television and Film may apply to the 1 year BA (Hons) Costume for Theatre, Television and Film top-up award.

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 2018-19


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.

Graduate Sahir Mehta
As soon as I visited the School, I fell in love with the place. Perhaps it sounds a bit irrational, but sometimes you get a vibe - and you just know! BOVTS gave me all the tools I needed to prepare for a career as an actor. Sahir Mehta, MA Professional Acting, 2018