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What will I learn?

With extremely high employment outcomes, this costume course will equip you with all you need to become a professional costume maker and manager in the theatre, film, TV and entertainment industries. Immersed in world-class facilities, you will gain a solid background in traditional and digital skills in costume making.

Working in small, dedicated classes of six students, you’ll practise and develop skills in costume cutting (pattern making), fitting and construction, fabric dyeing, art finishing, corsetry, leatherwork, tailoring and millinery.

From your first semester, you’ll gain confidence by playing a key role in the Seasons of Student Productions, such as costume makers and dressers, collaborating with leading guest artists and students in a professional standard production.

You will learn how to draft and make patterns/costumes for any size/shape and you will learn from tutors and guest practitioners who are specialists in opera, theatre and film costume in Australia and the world to design and make historical and contemporary costumes. These networks will support your career when you graduate.

Having honed your skills in the professionally equipped costume workshop, you will expand knowledge about the functions of a costume department in theatre and film. By third year you’ll take responsibility for a team as a costume supervisor on the productions. This includes budget management and collaborating with actors, stage managers and costume designers.

To complete your degree, you’ll take your skills on a placement with leading theatre, opera and dance companies and major film and television studios. You will graduate with a robust skillset, valuable industry connections and confidence about your future.


Our graduates are employed by Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Cosprop (London), Bangarra Dance Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and have worked in live theatre productions such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, and on movies such as Aquaman, Peter Rabbit, and TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars.

Potential careers

Costume supervisor
Costume maker
Costume cutter
Costume assistant or standby
Theatrical tailor
Wardrobe manager



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,560.00 (16,96,774) per year
Estimated Course Tuition Fee: AUD $94,680
Start date

18 July 2022, 12 September 2022


National Institute of Dramatic Art

215 Anzac Parade,


New South Wales,

2033, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

For all International Students NIDA's general entry requirements for accredited courses are as follows:

  • have completed the equivalent of a Year 12/final year of high school qualification
  • have an English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.0
  • be18 years at date of enrolment for international students.
  • Have skills and knowledge appropriate to the level and discipline the applicant is seeking to gain admission into.
  • Have an evidenced interest in the performing arts.