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BTEC HND Costume Construction & Design Interpretation Level 5

Start Date Length Attendance Campus Course Code
27/02/2017 29 Weeks Daytime East Ham Campus SC005005 Apply Now
24/09/2017 29 Weeks Daytime East Ham Campus SC005005 Apply Now

What will I learn?

London is one of the world's leading cities, setting the pace for innovation, style and cultural activities, and the city's vibrant theatre, dance, and performing arts sector provides a wide variety of career opportunities for skilled costume-makers.

Designed and taught by industry staff with industry knowledge, this new Higher National two-year programme will equip you with the practical skills and specialist knowledge needed to apply for employment in the costume sector.

Newham College London is a great place to study for a successful career in costume. We have excellent connections with tailoring and costume companies, and we are proud to own the internationally-renowned Fashion and Textile Museum (, operated as a specialist exhibition and training resource for our students and the sector.

What is involved?

The course will develop your creative, craft and technical skills in producing garments for theatre productions and other costume use, and will guide you to acquire the knowledge, understanding and professionalism required for employment in costume.

You will learn about working to a brief or specification and about the process of costume design and development, and you will learn the practical and technical skills needed to make costumes - sewing skills using a variety of fabrics and materials, garment construction, pattern cutting and adaptation, tailoring techniques, fittings and alterations, and millinery.

While some sessions will be delivered as practical workshops to develop particular skills, you will learn principally through taking part in design-and-make projects, with many based on a 'live' industry brief set by a costume specialist.

Regular appraisal and accurate self-evaluation of your work is a vital aspect of your professional development - at all stages of the course you will be encouraged to aim for the highest possible standard of work and to make good progress towards fulfilling your career ambitions.

As the course progresses you will learn about industry professional practice, and how to best develop your portfolio and knowledge to prepare yourself for job search and application.


What will my career options be?

Successful completion of the course will equip you to apply for direct costume employment, or for employment in another area of creative garment production.

What is the cost?

The fee for this course is £6000 per year

The information which describes this course was accurate at the time of publication. Newham College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any part of the programmes, locations, facilities and costs at any time.


What do I need?

You need a full Level 3 qualification or other accredited prior learning, and GCSEs A-C in English and maths (or equivalents).
You also need a portfolio of work that provides evidence of your creative or craft abilities and your commitment to learn - your portfolio could include work produced independently, while studying, or during employment in the sector.