Taught course

Costume Design for Performance

University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion · University of the Arts London - London College of Fashion

Entry requirements

An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in a related discipline. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application OR Equivalent qualifications OR Relevant and quantitative industrial experience for a minimum of three years Selection for interview will be made on the basis of your application, including the personal statement, the reference, the supporting written statement, and examples of relevant work. If you are selected for interview you will be asked to bring a portfolio of previous work, Student selection criteria; The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students. What we look for: The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate: The potential to develop their practical and critical abilities through academic study Critical knowledge of a subject area A capacity for intellectual enquiry and reflective thought An openness to new ideas and a willingness to participate actively in their own intellectual development Initiative and a developed and mature attitude to independent study English language requirement: All classes are conducted in English. The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill. For more information, read the University's English Language requirements page. International applicants: The International Recruitment Office at the London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice. Our contact details are: London College of Fashion, International Office, 20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ. If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629 or completing our Online Enquiry Form. To find out more about studying in London, please visit the International students section of the London College of Fashion website.

MA Costume Design for Performance

Months of entry


Course content

The course aims to develop confident and experimental practitioners who will push the boundaries of the subject of costume beyond its established role. Taught largely on a one to one basis, by international practitioners, experienced teachers and senior researchers, this MA will nurture your creative ideas about costume and performance.

You will design, realise and experiment with costume based performance ideas that enable you to define your inpidual voice in relation to contemporary culture and practice, while responding visually to the relevant performance context.

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 philological contexts.

The relationship between drawing, practical realisation and performance, is central to the way design is approached: ideas are developed on paper and through movement, as well as through pattern cutting, textile printing, dyeing and surface manipulation. Practical experimentation is achieved through access to the extensive technical facilities available within the college, expanding knowledge of the uses of CAD, tailoring, print, knit and embroidery within costume.

The costume studio in John Prince's Street is well equiped to enable students to develop their ideas into realisation, and expert technical support is provided for students on a weekly basis.

Information for international students

If you have a question, you can contact our International Recruitment Office by calling +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629/ 7940.

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months
part time
27 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
020 7514 7973/7582/7344