COURSE OVERVIEW
UCAS CODE W452 Our BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design course here at The Northern School of Art 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
COURSE DETAILS
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? If you are serious about a career in costume industry, this is the costume degree for you! Previous work experiences include: Angels Costumes BBC Channel 4 Cosprop National Theatre Royal Opera House Royal Shakespeare Company Sands Films Strictly Come Dancing Peaky Blinders ITV 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

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

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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

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FACILITIES

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 in a 1800s public library and individual work bays for all students.

STAFF

JANE HAVAKIN
JANE HAVAKIN
Programme Leader - BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design Prior to her academic career, Jane was self-employed for 10 years supplying costumes to film, TV, a variety of clothing outlets worldwide and performance costumes to a variety of artists, including the Spice Girls. She also worked with various television wardrobe departments, including Channel 4 - designing and making outfits for a number of presenters for programmes including Changing Rooms, The Big Breakfast
 and ITV – supplying costumes for The Bill. Jane ran her own clothing label, supplying fashions to a variety of clothing outlets worldwide, including Galleries Lafayette Paris and Harrods as well as a number of concession shops in John Lewis and Top Shop’s flagship store on Oxford Street.
IAN BOWDEN
IAN BOWDEN
Module Leader Ian is Module Leader for Costume Design, Tailoring and Cut & Construction on the costume programme, working across all three year groups. Guiding the students through their studies, including a range of specialist traditional handcraft techniques incorporating bespoke Tailoring, garment construction and hand finishing techniques, also underpinning the importance of the character, when designing and constructing costumes. As well as incorporating live assignments within the industry, including Auckland Castle and Beamish open air museum, students have the opportunity to collaborate with Production Design for Stage and Screen, Acting and Film, on in-house projects as well as live assignments within sessions. Ian is active within the costume industry, having been involved with a large number of local productions and museums, including Beamish open air Museum (2015), Kynren – Eleven Arches (2017) and ‘The Theatre upstairs’ Billingham (2013/ 2016), as well as running several successful specialist night courses at Cleveland College of Art and Design, including corsetry and beginning to sew (2014/ 2015).
SALLY DONEGAN
SALLY DONEGAN
Lecturer Sally began working at Cleveland College of Art and Design in 2016 on the BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design course, lecturing on pattern cutting, construction techniques, embellishment, millinery, tailoring and design, across all three year groups. Since graduating, Sally has gone on to work on shows at the National Theatre, Scottish Opera, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, gaining a high skill base. During her time at Cleveland College of Art and Design, Sally has continued to keep a strong link with the industry, teaching students key skills, and integrating live industry briefs into student modules - working with Creature Encounters, Kynren and Bishop Auckland Castle. Sally has a keen eye for historical clothing and accuracy within construction techniques. Now as a lecturer for BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design, Sally aims to share her industry experience and knowledge with students.
FRANCES STOCKELL
FRANCES STOCKELL
Technical Demonstrator Fran’s professional career spans over 30 years prior to joining the costume department in 2017 and in that time, she has continued to develop her professional practice through activities, research and accumulating various qualifications, and is actively engaged in the process of achieving her PGCE. She uses her experience of pattern drafting, fine sewing skills and garment construction to support the student’s studies and the production of costumes for various live projects. Her role involves the delivery of demonstrations to all modules, across the three levels of BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation with Design, as well as ensuring a safe working environment whilst on campus. Fran’s professional career since 1986 has included a variety of costume construction work, beginning with a 10 year tailoring background, being one of the only dressmakers in the north east of England who constructed mess dresses for the military, for the UK and around the world, along with jointly owning a successful costume business.

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CAREER PATHS

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

COSTUME DESIGN
COSTUME EMBELLISHMENT & SURFACE DECORATION
COSTUME ILLUSTRATION
COSTUME MAKING
HERITAGE INDUSTRY
MILLINERY
PATTERN CUTTING
PROM / BRIDAL DESIGN / MAKING
TAILORING
TEACHING & LECTURING
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR / ASSISTANT

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