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Performance Costume Master of Fine Art, MA (eca)

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MFA Performance Costume - 21 Months (Full-time)
MA (eca) Performance Costume - 1 Year (Full-time)

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Megan Baker (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5811
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

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: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the online application form, you should also submit a portfolio that:

  • demonstrates your individuality and originality
  • includes costume/fashion designs that demonstrate your illustration skills
  • showcases your creative textile work, costume or garment making skills
  • includes images of any work experience or professional work for costuming stage or screen productions
  • includes images of your design processes, including design sketching, design development drawing and garment prototypes
  • includes life drawing and technical drawings for costume or clothing

If you are from a non-costume background, you should provide a portfolio of work from your own discipline and demonstrate engagement with costume as a design medium.

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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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