Costume — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

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Course information

The course has been specifically designed to provide a range of skills in this specialist area. It is aimed at those working to expand their skills in theatre costume at the same time gaining a qualification at Level 3.
The course consists of costume design, script and character analysis, history of fashion, engaging the audience through design, interpretation of design, flat pattern cutting, drapery, underwear such as corsets, petticoats etc, outerwear, fittings and alterations, construction and finishing techniques, the construction of accessories, including masks and millinery (hat making). You will be expected to solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding.
Year 1 covers 8 units from the principles of performance to a collaborative performance project. Year 2 covers 4 units from developing production skills through to the extended project.
We produce costumes for live briefs such as The Alice Experience, Titanic the Musical, Croxteth Hall Victorian Christmas etc. Students compete in competitions such as The Royal Opera House Design Challenge. Over the last two years we have achieved a Highly Commended in 2018 and a Winner in 2017. Students got to display their work in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Students have also been successful in The Worshipful Company of Glovers student glove design competition.
This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible, which can fully cover the course fee.


UAL Level 3 Performing & Production Arts

This course leads to...

Employment within the theatre environment, wardrobe maintenance, props, design, costume or UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above or equivalent plus an interview.

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Course ID: 158955

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

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