Turn your costume-making talent into a career. Our Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services - Costume for Performance stream prepares you for freelance costume-making work or employment in a costume workroom. Create the look and feel of costumes - articulate your designs into visual expressions on the stage.
See your costumes take shape and be worn by actors
In this practical, hands-on course, you will spend the year designing, constructing and making costumes. Develop your abilities in manual pattern drafting, costume construction, alteration and fitting, novelty costume making and period costume underwear. You’ll also gain expertise in male and female period millinery, male tailoring, male and female period costume making, costume history, costume design and film and television location wardrobe.
A highlight of the year is cutting, draping and making period costumes for theatrical performances and productions. To do this you will work closely with other student groups in the Diploma of Theatre Arts who are involved in performances at the Prahran campus and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).
Industry connections and resources
There is a large purpose-built costume studio at the Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran campus, which has
- Individual work stations equipped with modern sewing machines
- Wet area for costume dyeing
- Designing and cutting tables
- Materials and costume storage
Your teachers have specialised skills in the industry and as a result you will have the opportunity to work on industry related events. In the past, Live Production and Technical Design Costume for Performance students have been invited to design and make costumes for a wide variety of theatre in the public forum. This includes exciting, time-critical costume making such as a children’s theatre performance during the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
When you satisfactorily complete this course you will be able to set up your own business as a costume-maker. You will be qualified to work in the theatre, film and television industries, as well as in retail outlets making and design costumes and evening/day wear.
You will be expected to complete a certain number of hours of industry related experience throughout the year. You can organise this yourself or Melbourne Polytechnic staff will help you organise it. Alternatively, you can collaborate with the staff to set up your work placement. Details of industry hours will be determined at the commencement of the course.
You will be assessed through a combination of course based assignments, industry placement and written work.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For additional information on this course, or if you want to take your enquiry further, please contact a Melbourne Polytechnic Education and Career Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or by email.
VTAC CodePrahran 6900810194
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryClassroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Assessment MethodsAssessment is by a combination of course based assignments, industry placement and written work.
MaterialsAll materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of tuition fees.
- Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
- Interview required
- Attend an Information Night
- More than a basic level of sewing preferred
Pathways to further studyYou may wish to take your theatre/costume performance studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff
Career PathwaysThe knowledge and experience you gain in this course provides opportunities for you to be self-employed, freelance or employed as a sewer/technician in a live theatre, film or television company. You could be wardrobe assistant, costume maker, millinery assistant, assistant curator or maker of wearable art
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBCOM501||Identify and interpret compliance requirements||20|
|BSBWHS501||Ensure a safe workplace||60|
|BSBWOR502||Lead and manage team effectiveness||60|
|CPCCOHS1001A||Work safely in the construction industry||6|
|CUACOS402||Make costume accessories||60|
|CUACOS403||Develop expertise in costume component construction||80|
|CUACOS405||Develop expertise in pattern development for costume||80|
|CUACOS501||Make period costumes||150|
|CUACOS502||Make character costumes||80|
|CUACOS507||Construct costume corsetry and undergarments||100|
|CUACOS508||Cut and drape complex period costumes||100|
|CUAIND502||Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge||50|
|CUAPPM504||Manage bump in and bump out of shows||150|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.