Coleg Y Cymoedd

Costume Construction


Foundation Degree in Costume Construction for Screen & Stage Level 4-5 / BA (Hons) Level 6

Exciting course held at Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw campus, franchised through the University of South Wales.

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Costume Construction


Learner Testimonials

Read about what some of our ex learners who have completed the course have to say here:-

Hannah King, 23, Bedfordshire

Katharine Barry, 24, London

Lucy Duncan, 24, Warrington

Meinir Pugh, 22, South Wales

Nicholas Grimes, 24, Manchester

Image Galleries

Some sample images of student work is below. View our Image Gallery here

2nd Year Final Major Project 2012 1   2nd Year Individual Project 2010 1    3rd Year Final Major Project 2012 1   
Aladdin Production 1    Bond Shoot - Tailoring Module Advanced Skills Year 2 1    Circus 1   
Final Major Project 2013 1   Large Suits 5   Mardi Gras 2012 3   
Pantomime Christmas 2011 4   Tailoring Module 2011 10    Underwear Production 1   

Course Details / Apply

Course Outline

The Costume Construction course at Coleg y Cymoedd is delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales and is taught at the Nantgarw Campus. While learners will study at Nantgarw, they may choose to live in University accommodation and also use facilities available for university students. Whilst on this course you will work closely with the University and the Students Union to receive a fully integrated experience.

This 2-3 years course introduces you to costume construction within the areas of film and theatre. There are excellent links with the industry providing opportunities to work as part of a production team in the role of the costume maker. The course will prepare you with the necessary skills to become a specialist in the field.

Entry Requirements

You will require 2 A Levels and a portfolio equal to 180 UCAS points and or relevant industrial experience. Entry to the final/top up year for the BA (Hons) will be on successful completion of the Foundation Degree. Application for the BA (Hons) should be done through the UCAS site using code W453.

Those without such qualifications are considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. All applicants will receive a portfolio-based interview.

What Will I Study

You will need creative flair and an ability to use your design knowledge and creative skills to interpret ideas. The study of costume within its historical context is an integral part of the course and research into period costume will provide reference and aid throughout the interpretative process.

The acquisition of specialist skills such as pattern cutting, garment construction and surface embellishment will equip you with the essential knowledge needed to begin the process of costume construction. Specialist areas such as corsetry, tailoring, beadwork and embroidery will be introduced throughout the course extending and enriching your expertise.

The course will offer you an insight into the professional world of film and theatre with external industrial visits and work placement opportunities across a broad range of film / theatre companies nationwide. This will provide you with the experience of applying skills and knowledge and working both within a team and independently in a professional environment. (For more info about this course, staff profiles, student galleries etc. go to the Higher Education section)

How Will I Be Assessed

You will be assessed through completion of assignment based coursework and the observation of practical work.

Career Opportunities and Progression

Employment opportunities exist on a freelance or employee basis within theatre and film companies on completion of the Foundation Degree. The optional third year, for an honours degree, will enable you to develop individual specialisms and interests via an individual major project. The third year will also further develop professional knowledge and provide opportunities for you to broaden your portfolio of work.



You can apply for this course via UCAS. Please follow the links below::-

Foundation Degree in Costume Construction

BA (Hons) Costume Construction


Contact Us

For further information about the course, contact the course tutors Emma Emblem / Caroline Thomas or Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw Campus Office on 01443 662800.  



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