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Costume for Stage and Screen HND

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

Costume for Stage and Screen HND provides a 2-year intensive industry training opportunity in Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) bespoke workshops. Discover your creative potential as you explore costume design and learn industry design techniques using sewing machines, paint techniques, wig preparation skills and embroidery. This course will ensure you are fully prepared and qualified to progress onto further study at a university level and is a direct route to the third year of BA Hons Costume and Performance Design course at Bournemouth University. 

During this course, you will complete a practical work placement which will be made available through PASS industry connections. Immerse yourself in the art of costume design as you gain essential experience in professional environments and make crucial connections with theatre professionals. You will learn how to take a simple idea and expand and explore it until becomes a final product; bringing it to life. You may find yourself working alongside an ex-PASS student as most move on to professional employment within the industry upon completion. You will experience how the wardrobe department impacts theatre productions and learn professional skills that are highly sought after in the industry. 

Please see the information below that will need to be completed as part of the selection process.

What you will learn

  • Practical Skills in Pattern Cutting and Costume Construction
  • Decorative Techniques Used to Embellish Costume
  • Introduction to the Art of Corsetry
  • Millinery/Headwear Sculptural Costume Elements
  • Professional Practice Design
  • History of Costume and Theatre

Placement information

  • Students are placed with professional organisations for work experience at least once during the course and will also be involved in practical assignments for performance 

How the course is assessed

  • Practical demonstration 
  • Work-experience placement 
  • Assignments 
  • Writing journals 
  • Scrapbooks 
  • Working with others 
  • Photographic evidence 
  • Oral questioning 
  • Research skills 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week however you will be expected to complete work outside of College class times 

Costume For Stage And Screen HND

Entry requirements

  • BTEC National Diploma in Production Arts
  • National Diplomas in Fashion Clothing and Textiles 
  • Two Highers (English or History desirable) 
  • SGA/NC Foundation Course in Art and Design 
  • Mature students are welcome to apply and will be granted an interview to discuss entry requirements 
  • Applicants who do not possess Highers in academic subjects required for progression to some universities can study for these qualifications alongside this HND 

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

To apply for our HND programme please complete the online application form and include the following information, to be considered for an interview.

Stage 1: Application and E-Portfolio Link

  • Complete all information asked for in your application including a personal statement and an up-to-date list of your most recent qualifications with evidence.
  • Please upload the following information in an E-Portfolio within your application form via a transfer now link.
  • evidence of your sewing skills. (This could be a garment, an item of costume made for an amateur production or a compilation of sewing techniques
  • portfolio of drawings (specifically figure drawings and life studies)

Stage 2: Interview - Dates Below

Tuesday 15th February (2.00pm - 4.00pm)

Tuesday 29th March (4.00pm - 5.30pm)

Tuesday 26th April (4.00pm - 5.30pm)

Additional Interview Date added face to face at Granton Campus:

Tuesday 16th August (11 am - 12.30 pm)

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English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • University courses in Costume Design and Production at various universities
  • BA Hons Costume and Performance Design course at Bournemouth University (articulated route)

Career options

Our past students work all over Scotland and the UK in wardrobe departments for both film and theatre. The roles covered vary depending on the establishments, but some examples are; 

  • Costume supervisors 
  • Costume cutters 
  • Wardrobe assistants 
  • Dressers 
  • Maintenance workers 
  • Costume hire assistants  

Some of our alumni work on cruise ships, (looking after costumes for a wide range of entertainments), and others have specialised in costume production. Not all students follow a theatrical path and the course provides transitional skills which will allow you to venture into;  

  • Bridal wear 
  • Haute couture 
  • Fashion 
  • Millinery 
  • Corsetry 
  • Steampunk 
  • Sculptural costume 
  • Wigs and cosplay 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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