Northern College of Costume
Practical and hands-on costume-making course
Taking students right up to professional standards, the Northern College of Costume course is designed to build on students’ existing knowledge of costume making. Students are given a design, all the equipment, their own workspace, a cutting area and a wealth of materials across silks, satins, lace, gorse, corduroy, wools and tweeds to create their masterpieces. It’s the skills learnt from demonstrations by experienced professional costumiers and tutors that has led some graduates to work on the set of Game of Thrones, and at theatres in Birmingham and Chester
Based in a city centre studio run by Pauline Chambers, a specialist in cutting and making period ladies’ costumes, the course covers projects in period men’s and women’s wear and 20th-century tailoring with students exhibiting their work for industry professionals upon completion. It’s not all studio-based either as there are group trips organised, and in the past, outings have included visits to the V&A and Dewsbury market for fabric.
“The idea of this course is to mirror a wardrobe department: this is the students’ production space and the exhibition is for them to showcase their work at the end.”