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Performance Costume Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Performance Costume - 21 Months (Full-time)
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MA (eca) Performance Costume - 1 Year (Full-time)
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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Email: hsspg@ed.ac.uk
Megan Baker (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5811
Email: megan.baker@ed.ac.uk
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus
Edinburgh
EH8 9JX

With an inspirational array of performance spaces, plus its status as host to one of the largest cultural festivals in the world, Edinburgh offers an unparalleled environment for the study of performance costume.

You’ll work on developing a comprehensive understanding of fabric, costume design and cutting, while exploring the historical and dramatic perspectives of the discipline and the process of performance.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE Grade C; CAE Grade B

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How to apply

This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal.

The portolio should reflect the following criteria:

  • Individuality and originality should be apparent in the application
  • Costume/fashion designs showing illustration skills should be included
  • Showcase creative textile work, costume or garment making skills Include images of any work experience or professional work for costuming stage or screen productions
  • Images of your design processes, including design sketching, design development drawing and garment prototypes
  • Life drawing and technical drawings for costume or clothing
  • Applicants from a non-costume background should provide a portfolio of work from their discipline and demonstrate engagement with costume as a design medium

A study proposal of up to 500 words is also required as part of your application. This should reflect on what you have explored or discovered during your undergraduate degree, or other previous experience, and explain how you intend to develop this further, both practically and theoretically, at Masters level.

See the portfolio submission guidance for more information:

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Programme description

Thanks to our extensive national and international links with theatre, dance, film, television and opera companies, plus our network of freelance designers, you’ll be supported in sourcing work experience and other hands-on opportunities that will give you real-world skills and experience.

We encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, both through other departments such as Fashion, Textiles, Jewellery and Film and through our on going relationship with the stage and screen industry.

Programme structure

Both the one-year MA and two-year MFA are assessed by the production of a body of practical and written work on an agreed, self-initiated topic which can take advantage of the many local and international performance-based opportunities.

Both years are project-led. Your study will combine practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series which will examine the wider context of your studies.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate studies in performance costume opens up access to a wide range of work for the stage and screen. Our graduates benefit from the superb reputation of this programme and are employed throughout the spheres of drama, opera, film and television and have an outstanding record of success in the industry.

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