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

Full Time Professional Training Courses

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

    26 Sep 2022 – 7 Jul 2023 (full-time)

Term Dates

Course Overview

Applications are now closed for 2022 entry. Our webpages will be updated with information for 2023 applicants in summer 2022. 

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, 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. This includes hiring and buying to budget, wig care, basic make up, organising fittings and keeping an accurate and up-to-date costume bible, shopping to specific briefs as well as liaising with designers and directors.

You will work to given designs, drafting, fixing and making for, and dressing the School’s public productions and TV shoots, which typically number between twelve and fourteen per year.

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

A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available.

A summary document with key course information for 2021 entrants can be found on the policies and procedures page.

ⓘ Where Covid-19 control measures impact our ability to deliver this course as described for the 2021-22 academic year, we will update offer holders by email and confirm teaching arrangements at least four weeks before term begins.

Costume student dressing a show Photography - Mark Dawson Photography

Student Placements

Recent theatre placements have included Angels Costumiers, Cosprop Costumiers, Bristol Costume Services, The National Theatre, Scottish Opera, Watford Palace, Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and English National Opera.

TV placements have included Avenue 5 (HBO), Poldark, Bridgerton, Sanderton, Vanity Fair (Mammoth), The Father Brown Mysteries, The Crystal Maze, Six Minutes to Midnight.

Costumes on mannequins and pictures

Graduate Show

The graduating students from the two-year FdA and the one-year BA top-up will have an exhibition of their course work, either in a physical location or online, dependent on circumstances.

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

The 2020 virtual graduate exhibition, Generate, can be viewed online.

  • I have loved collaborating with other departments in the School, including the MA Performance Design students. As a costume maker, you get presented with the challenge of creating an outfit for a specific show, working to the designer’s brief. You work together during initial fittings and pattern drafting. It’s great to think you’ve made their design come to life, then seeing it on stage with the set and other costumes is really rewarding.

    Amber, Third year, BA Costume
Headshot of Head of Performance Design
Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design