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Costume Design for Performance MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fashion / Textiles Design Theatrical Costume

Course type


Course Summary

This costume design course develops confident and experimental practitioners who push the boundaries of costume, both for live performance and film. MA Costume Design for Performance combines theory and practice to nurture creative ideas about costume and performance. Beyond the understanding of performance and the role of character creation through costume, the study of Costume Design at MA level allows you to locate your practice within the wider realms of contemporary culture and art, as well as within the relevant dramatic, social and political contexts. The course offers many opportunities for collaborations within the college or the wider context of the University of the Arts as well as with practitioners from the large performance and art sector in London and the UK. Practical experimentation is achieved through access to the extensive technical facilities available within the college and the expanding knowledge of the uses of analogue and digital methods. The costume studios are well equipped to enable students to develop their ideas into practical realization, and expert technical support is provided for students on a weekly basis. MA Costume Design for Performance graduates practice as designers in both the text-based mainstream but also the devised/art-house live performance and film sector.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date



Research Methods (20 Credits)
Costume for Live Performance (40 Credits)
Costume for Film (40 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Masters Project (60 Credits)
Masters Project (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Students with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application; OR Equivalent qualifications.

University information

With impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians, University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. There are six Colleges around the city across 14 sites which offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The Colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more

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