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.
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.
What Will I Learn?
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 or contemporary 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 and 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 information about this course, staff profiles, student galleries etc please visit: http://www.cymoedd.ac.uk/costume-construction/costume-construction.aspx
Students will require 48 UCAS points, this is the equivalent of • 2 A Levels (at Grade D or above) or • a relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification with a Merit/Pass for a Level 3 Diploma or a Pass/Pass/Pass for a Level 3 Extended Diploma or • relevant industrial experience. Entry to the final top up year for the BA (Hons), delivered at University of South Wales will be on successful completion of the Foundation Degree. Additionally, you may be asked to attend an interview, take part in a workshop session, or present a portfolio of work as part of the selection process. 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.
You will be assessed through completion of assignment based coursework and the observation of practical work.
Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.
Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.
Additional Fee Notes
Purchase of Materials and/or Kit is required for this course (Studio Fees - £100). Please discuss this at interview stage with a tutor after you have applied. No applications from overseas non-EU students
- 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.
Arts officer, producer or director
Average salary: £28,685
Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator
Average salary: £20,982
Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.
Entry can be via academic qualifications, BTEC/SQA awards, diplomas or degrees in sector-relevant subjects. Apprenticeships are available at NVQ Levels 2 and 3 in some areas.