Taught course

Costume Making

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Entry requirements

There are two equal essentials evidenced in your application form and interview.

As you’d expect, we look at your educational achievements. The second is a set of six key attributes. These help us assess how you will respond to what and how we teach, your commitment to growth and your natural ability.
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.

Months of entry


Course content

On this course, you develop, refine, and advance your costume construction skills through our range of taught modules and apply them in practical projects. You are also given the opportunity to further your skills in associated areas such as millinery and costume props and are given several opportunities to apply your skills to real performance projects and develop research related to your own practice.

You will explore advanced pattern cutting and making techniques associated with different periods and styles in order to interpret a costume designer’s brief, develop skills such as draping on the stand, flat pattern drafting and tailoring and learn the key principles of classical and contemporary construction.

All students will have the opportunity to apply your new skills to a full public production. Your work forms part of a rehearsal and production process, with your delivery of costume design interpretation taking place in collaboration with directors, designers and the production team. You work under industry conditions and gain experience of collaborating and communicating with different production departments.

Our two show seasons maximise your potential for learning ‘on the job’. By the end of the course, you should graduate as a skilled costume maker with a strong portfolio ready to take your place in the performing arts landscape.

• Progress using specialist making techniques

• Produce credible research related to your own practice

• Work in a professional environment on public performances

• Collaborate with industry professionals with a wide variety of performance costume expertise

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,800 for 2022
International students
£13,500 for 2022

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sarah Heaps