BA (Hons) Theatre & Screen: Costume Design

Clearing places 2016

This course has Clearing places available for international applicants. To find out how to make a direct application, call us on +44 (0)20 7514 1852. For a full list of 2016/17 course places at Wimbledon College of Arts and other UAL Colleges, visit the Clearing 2016 page.

Applying for September 2017?

Please visit the BA Costume for Theatre and Screen course page. This new course will bring together Costume Design and Costume Interpretation. If you have any questions contact

BA Costume Design at Wimbledon College of Arts introduces students to a full range of professional working practices applicable to theatre, film and television. With a focus on character and storytelling, the design to production process is underpinned by a practical foundation in drawing and costume making.


Course Leader

Abigail Hammond

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW490
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To work on sustained and sophisticated assignments, experimenting through both studio and performance based projects such as costume design for historical text, site specific performance, dance and fringe theatre design
  • To explore colour and texture through mixed media experimentation for two-dimensional design and textile work, and take a creative approach to problem solving during construction.
  • To study historical and social contexts of Western Europe’s evolution in costume through independent research, underpinned by a 10 week series of lectures and a course in period cutting
  • To be taught by professional directors and designers, who ensure the development of a realistic working process that’s informed by current practices and debates
  • An on-going Contextual Studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps them develop a critical understanding of theatre, film and television’s changing culture

To be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas including:

  • Analysing texts and characters
  • Construction
  • Corsetry
  • Developing a visual language
  • Drawing
  • Millinery
  • Research skills for costume


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education
  • Unit 2: Introduction to practice - Defining the subject
  • Unit 3: Critical and contextual studies
  • Unit 4: Establishing practice

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Understanding collaborative practice
  • Unit 6: Experimentation and exploring practice
  • Unit 7: Research in practice
  • Unit 8: Contextualising practice

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Theorising practice and practising theory
  • Unit 10: Towards independent practice

Work experience and opportunities

Our students have the chance to undertake professional work experience during their studies, thanks to the College’s links within the industry such as Wimbledon Film Studio. Former students have previously worked with the Royal Opera House, Hampton Court Palace, the Olympic ceremonies as well as freelance professional theatre designers and film directors.

Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the College’s Erasmus scheme.


Abigail Hammond - Course Leader

Abigail Hammond has worked as a professional designer for over 25 years, creating costumes for fringe, community and West End shows. Her specialism is costume design in contemporary dance and she currently collaborates with the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Hammond's sharing and teaching of her skills, as well as her passion for costume and performance, have always run parallel to her design practice.


  • Elizabeth Dawson
  • Glenda Haseler

Visiting Staff

  • Lea Anderson - Choreographer
  • Linda Cooley - Wig maker
  • Pat Cumper - Director / writer 
  • Javier de Frutos - Choreographer 
  • Sarah Grundy - Milliner
  • Jacqueline Gunn - Designer
  • Amanda Hall - Corset maker
  • Rebecca Hurst - Designer
  • Kate O'Farrell - Drawing tutor
  • Geraldine Pilgrim - Director
  • Simon Vincezi - Artist


Our graduates have gone on to a range of careers within theatre, film and television, from assistants to supervisors and designers, while others choose to carry on their studies at postgraduate level.


  • Trisha Biggar – Costume Designer
  • Georgina Chapman – Director and designer, Marchesa
  • Kenny Ho – Fashion designer and stylist

Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

 We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
  • An understanding of the subject, including some examples of contemporary and historical practice
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • 6 costume drawings from a recent design project
  • A good level of drawing abilities - including life drawing
  • An ability to understand character in the context of a dramatic situation
  • An ability to work with form, colour, texture and space
  • An interest in contemporary and historical clothing
  • An interest in collaboration and making performances
  • Feature any previous experience of costume work
  • Include sketchbooks and notebooks 

Optional Costume Design project 

This project is optional and is offered as a way of producing recent design work.

You should choose one from the following list:

  • 'Oh What a Lovely War' by Theatre Workshop
  • 'Translations' by Brian Friel
  • 'Women of Troy' by Euripides

For your portfolio you should complete at least six designs based on your choice, together with supporting work such as costume reference material, character sketches and fabric swatches. You can also include ideas for staging if you wish. Please ensure that you work from the play text rather than a video.

Home  / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Theatre and Screen tutors.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 1 - 5 February 2016
  • 22 - 26 February 2016

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Theatre and Screen course at Wimbledon.

This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts


Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.


Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W490

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both Home / EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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