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Northern College of Costume

Northern College of Costume

Practical and hands-on theatre and film costume-making course

Monday to Friday 10am-6pm Visits are strictly by appointment

The Northern College of Costume was established in 2006, it is independent and has gained an excellent reputation for the skilled graduates it produces. Students come from all over the UK, Ireland, Europe, America, Canada and Australasia.

The 15 week costume making course incorporates pattern cutting, corsetry, tailoring, construction and finishing techniques and costume prop making/millinery.

Three projects are created - a period ladies gown, period tailored gents suit and a 20th century gown.

Courses run twice a year and at the end of each course there is a professional photoshoot and a free exhibition over the final weekend which is open to the public.

Shorter courses are planned for the future beginning with a 3 day tutu making course in January 2020

Graduates are in demand and are working in costume departments in theatre, opera, ballet throughout the UK as well as in TV and film including: Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Outlander, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, ....

Northern College of Costume

“The aim of this course is to mirror a wardrobe department: this is the students' production space and the exhibition their first night.”

Principal Pauline Chambers