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Job Description

A Costume Designer will research the costumes of the period in which a production is set and using fashion knowledge to design and create outfits for actors, this could be for film, TV or theatre.  They will be in charge of designing, creating, acquiring and hiring all the costumes required for the actors in the film or production and will supervise practical issues such as budgets, schedules and insuring that the garments are completed on time.

Entry Requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • paid or unpaid work experience in the theatre, film or costume industry
  • a high level of design skill, creative vision and practical sewing skills
  • a good portfolio or 'showreel’ of your design work
  • an HND, a degree or a postgraduate qualification in costume design, fashion, theatre design or performing arts (production)

You could:

  • start as a costume assistant or wardrobe trainee
  • get practical garment production skills like pattern cutting, hand and machine sewing and dressmaking by completing a Level 3 qualification
  • work for a costumier who provides costumes for stage and screen

Creative Choices has more information on how to become a costume designer.

Career Path and Progression

You’ll specialise in either theatre or in film and TV, but you could work in both areas once you’re established.Related careers

You may be interested in:

  • Clothing alteration hand
  • Fashion designer
  • Footwear manufacturing operative
  • Hat designer
  • Wardrobe assistant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Creativity and imagination
  • Excellent design skills
  • A passion for fashion
  • A good eye for detail
  • Flexibility
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to work well under pressure and to deadlines
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Good research abilities

Starting Salary

£13,000 to £35,000

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