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Costume — UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Fashion, Art and Design

Course ID: 173625

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Take part in exciting live projects across the City.
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma.
  • 1 year course.
  • Expand your skills in theatre costume in our enthusiastic learning environment.
  • Boost your employablilty and employment in the theatre enviornment.
  • Access support and guidance from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Study in our inclusive, friendly and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

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.

Live project briefs over the last few years have included producing costumes for The Alice Experience, Titanic the Musical, Croxteth Hall Victorian Christmas etc. Students have competed in competitions such as The Royal Opera House Design Challenge achieving high commendations and winning the prestigious award. Students have also been successful in The Worshipful Company of Glovers student glove design competition.


UAL Level 3 Performing & Production Arts

Why study with us?

We are one of the few Colleges offering this specialist programme nationally. Recent awarding body reports acknowledge the high standard of production work associated with the specialist subject area. Students progress to either higher education of directly to employment or self employment

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Employment within the theatre environment.
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma.
progression to Higher Education or HNC/HND Fashion.

Example careers

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Designed for all learners with 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above and/or a level 2 qualification at grade Merit or above. You must have at least one GCSE at Maths and/or English at grade 4 or above.

Learners aged 19 and over with an outstanding portfolio of artwork will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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

Fee for24/25 is 4670.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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