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Costume Design and Making with Foundation Year BA (Hons)




What will I learn?

From film to fashion shows, TV to theatre, all productions depend on great costumes to bring stories to life and capture the imagination of the audience. This foundation degree is largely based on practical work and during your time with us you’ll develop your skills in costume making, as well as showing the process, creativity and innovation behind your designs.Discover how to advance your career whilst learning from guest speakers and industry professionals, with a track record of success in the Costume Design industry. Split between our High Wycombe campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub.**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**Dream of crafting incredible costumes for stage, screen or the catwalk? At BNU, we’ll help you develop the know-how you need to kickstart your career and bring your ideas alive.With London on our doorstep, you’ll be near the world’s best cultural centres, such as theatres, museums and galleries. We’ll help connect you with designers in and around the capital, and you’ll have the chance to showcase your work at our exhibitions. You’ll develop a strong portfolio of work that showcases your creativity to employers, learn from industry experts in top teaching facilities at the iconic Pinewood Studios. With our strong links with the industry, you’ll get direct access to guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, master classes, and plenty of networking opportunities.We will make sure that you have all the skills you need to start a career in fashion. With our focus on craftsmanship and skills, you graduate with a robust understanding of the sector. You’ll also benefit from our links with the National Theatre and the British Fashion Council.You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry with live briefs and student design competitions. As well as the chance to join workshops run by other courses. Why not try woodwork, fine metalwork, 3D printing, or even ceramics to enhance your practice?By the time you graduate you will be able to design, create and bring stories to life with your costumes.This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.**What facilities can I use?**We’ve spent a lot of love and care making our workshop the perfect creative space and one of the best-equipped workshops in the country. You'll be working on industry standard equipment, learning latest techniques and future focused methods of fashion craftsmanship. You will master materials, both through traditional methods and using digital software. **What are my career prospects?**The industry is constantly evolving to meet shifting customer values and new technologies. By the time you leave, you’ll feel ready to tackle the challenges employers face. With an impressive portfolio and sought-after skillset, you’ll be ready to work in a range of roles.Our BA (Hons) Costume Design and Making course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:- Costume designer for the creative industries- Pattern cutter- Costume developer- Garment technologist- Studio manager or costume design coordinator- Film/theatre/performance stylist- Film illustrator- PR/marketing specialist.

Which department am I in?

School of Art, Design, and Performance

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£15,000.00 (US$ 18,454) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

18 September 2023


Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road,

High Wycombe,


HP11 2JZ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have ACT with a score of approximately 24 are considered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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