What will I learn?

In this course, students advance your costume construction skills through our range of taught modules and apply these in practical projects. Our two show seasons maximise your potential for learning ‘on the job’. You also learn about associated research techniques and examine your career development priorities. By the end of the course, you should graduate as a competent costume maker with a strong portfolio ready to take your place in the performance industries landscape.

Some of our provision for postgraduates is shared across courses and is based around presentations and seminars. You look at key critical frameworks, contemporary issues in the performing arts economies and approaches to research in the arts. You undertake advanced skills development in workshops and classes and apply these skills in full professional practice: productions and other live or recorded performance.

Assessment revolves around your development as a creative researcher and practitioner. You document, analyse and defend your work. Assessment includes critical portfolios, verbal presentations, presentation of made work, as well as essays and conventional critical writing. There are also oral examinations. You can undertake a conventional dissertation as an alternative to a final piece of practice.

​Our graduates can work in theatre, TV, film and dance. Due to the programme's focus on providing a realistic working environment our graduates are equipped to work as freelancers or within an established costume department.

Which department am I in?

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,100.00 (US$ 17,913) per year
For 2021 entry, we are offering a 10% discount on the fee for LIPA alumni.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Mount Street,


L1 9HF, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You are expected to have a good degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline or practical experience of costume construction and tailoring, with experience of making made to measure garments.

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


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