What will I learn?
Turn your costume-making talent into a career. Our Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services - Costume for Performance stream prepares you for freelance costume-making work or employment in a costume workroom. Create the look and feel of costumes - articulate your designs into visual expressions on the stage. In this practical, hands-on course, you will spend the year designing, constructing and making costumes. Develop your abilities in manual pattern drafting, costume construction, alteration and fitting, novelty costume making and period costume underwear. You ill also gain expertise in male and female period millinery, male tailoring, male and female period costume making, costume history, costume design and film and television location wardrobe. A highlight of the year is cutting, draping and making period costumes for theatrical performances and productions. To do this you will work closely with other student groups in the Diploma of Theatre Arts who are involved in performances at the Prahran campus and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).
Industry connections and resources
There is a large purpose-built costume studio at the MMelbourne Polytechnic is Prahran campus, which has
Individual work stations equipped with modern sewing machines
Wet area for costume dyeing
Designing and cutting tables
Materials and costume storage
Your teachers have specialized skills in the industry and as a result you will have the opportunity to work on industry related events. In the past, Live Production and Technical Design Costume for Performance students have been invited to design and make costumes for a wide variety of theatre in the public forum. This includes exciting, time-critical costume making such as a children is theatre performance during the MMelbourne Fringe Festival.
When you satisfactorily complete this course you will be able to set up your own business as a costume-maker. You will be qualified to work in the theatre, film and television industries, as well as in retail outlets making and design costumes and evening/day wear.
Pathways to further study
You may wish to take your theatre/costume performance studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with MMelbourne Polytechnic teaching staff
The knowledge and experience you gain in this course provides opportunities for you to be self-employed, freelance or employed as a sewer/technician in a live theatre, film or television company. You could be wardrobe assistant, costume maker, millinery assistant, assistant curator or maker of wearable art.
Which department am I in? Department of Performing Arts
Students would normally need a bachelors degree from a recognised institution. Typically they would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course. A score of 3.2 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1 and a score of 2.8 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.
Students must have the following:
Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or recognized equivalency.
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne
2017/18 fees - Typically £20,400 for Chemistry Projects or typically £24,400 for Biomedical Projects; Write-up fees TBC. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
19 February 2018
Prahran Campus 144 High Street, PRAHRAN, Victoria, 3181, MELBOURNE, Australia