Why should you study this Costume degree?

This is one of the leading costume degree programmes in the UK, with great links to the industry leaders in costume with an international reputation. Our costume degree
leads the way in producing costumiers for the entertainment industry through teaching the costume skills you’d expect alongside a mixture of bespoke skills that are unique
to this degree and not found elsewhere such as:

  • Leatherwork – leather moulding/embossing
  • Mask-Making
  • Millinery (hat making)
  • Tailoring
  • Corsetry

If you are serious about a career in costume and learning how to respond to the challenges of designing, interpreting and constructing costumes for constantly evolving industries such
as theatre, film, TV, dance and heritage, why would you go anywhere else?

BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design

UCAS Code W452

UCAS Tariff 96 (2018 start) | 112 (2019 start)

Duration Three years

If you are serious about a career in costume industry, this is the costume degree for you!

Previous work experiences include:

Live projects with industry are embedded throughout the three years of study, we work with companies including:

  • BBC
  • Beamish Museum
  • Bowes Museum
  • Eleven Arches (Kynren)
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

Our alumni enjoy a great variety of careers which have included working on:
• Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale and directed by CCAD alumnus Sir Ridley Scott (20th Century Fox)
• Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep (Disney)
• Sherlock Holmes, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC)
• Wolf Hall, starring Damien Lewis (BBC)
• Victor Frankenstein, Starring James McAvoy
• Beowulf
• Opera North
• National Theatre
• West Yorkshire Playhouse
• ‘Victoria’ starring Jenna Coleman (ITV)
• Rogue One – Star Wars
• Northern Ballet
• ‘SS-GB’ starring Sam Riley (BBC)
• Hospital People starring Tom Binns, Russell Brand (BBC)
• inspector George Gently starring Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby (ITV)
• Gunpowder starring Kit Harrington, Liv Tyler, Shaun Dooley and Mark Gatiss (BBC)

What will you study on Costume Interpretation with Design?

In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:

  • Costume construction techniques
  • Critical analysis and costume interpretation
  • Design and illustration for costume
  • Fabric manipulation and applied surface decoration
  • Period and contemporary pattern cutting

In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:

  • Costume communication theory and visualisation skills
  • Millinery and trimming techniques
  • Professional and commercial links within the industry
  • Research, exploration and construction skills for specialist costume
  • Tailoring for costume industry and specialist sampling
  • Live briefs

In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:

  • A final project
  • Dissertation
  • Exhibition
  • Portfolios that span traditional and social media routes
  • Work for competitions and live industry briefs

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

  • Costume Design for Film, TV, Theatre, Dance and Live Performance
  • Costume Embellishment & Surface Decoration
  • Costume illustration
  • Costume Making
  • Heritage industry
  • Millinery
  • Pattern Cutting
  • Prom / Bridal Design / Making
  • Tailoring
  • Teaching and Lecturing
  • Wardrobe Supervisor / Assistant


Our equipment and facilities reflect many of the tools used in the real world so you graduate ready for the world of employment. The learning environment we provide is unique offering a sewing studio which is a 1800s public library and individual work bays for all students.

I have had various work experience opportunities including Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and Beowulf. On Beowulf I helped with the breaking down of the costumes (aging and distressing) and with the dressing

Rebecca Collinson
Third year (Level 6) student

I chose CCAD because of the facilities they’ve got. It’s better than any other university I looked at. I considered 3 or 4 and they had nothing compared to this.

Alys Church
Third Year (Level 6) student

QAA commended the way CCAD enhances student learning

Only 15% of the institutions reviewed received a commendation in 14/15


96.7% of 2016 graduates

were in work or full-time study six months after graduation

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