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Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services

VTAC Costume for Performance Code: CUA50415 Cricos: 095306G VTAC Number: Prahran 6900810194

Overview

Campus

Prahran

Campus

Prahran

Duration

11 months full time

Duration

11 months

Requirements

Attend an interview.

Next Intake

March

Next Intake

March

All the materials needed for a career in costume design

Turn your passion for theatre and fashion into a costume-making career. Our CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume for Performance) is a hands-on course that prepares you for employment in costume designing and costume making. Home to over 50 theatres, the city of Melbourne and its inner suburbs is the perfect place to turn your imaginative designs into visual expressions on stage.

Hone your creative skills

In this practical course, you will spend the year designing, constructing, making and altering a variety of costumes. Gain expertise in novelty and period costume making, millinery, tailoring, costume history, and film and television wardrobe. Taught at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahan campus, you will be among the hustle and bustle of a lively artistic community. Melbourne Polytechnic’s costuming facilities have individual work stations equipped with modern sewing machines, a wet area for costume dyeing, designing and cutting tables and 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. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Performing Arts Department has enduring industry connections with small and large-scale theatre companies such as Arts Centre Melbourne, La Mama, Carlton Courthouse, Red Stitch Theatre Company, Black Hole Theatre Company, Impro Melbourne and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).

A future that’s a great fit

Graduates from Melbourne Polytechnic’s CUA50415 Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume for Performance) will have learned the skills to set up their own business as a costumier. You will also be qualified to work in the theatre, film and television industries - as well as in the broader clothing and fashion industries - making and designing costumes, evening wear and day wear.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates will be skilled to work in the Creative Arts Industries as costume designers and makers, millinery assistants, wardrobe technicians, sewers, makers of wearable art and setting up a business.
  • Costumier

Pathways

You may wish to take your Costume for Performance studies further and pursue a career in Creative Arts. For further study options, discuss with Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff.

Course Details

Delivery methods

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.

  • Performances and Productions
  • Computer Lab
  • Costume Studio
  • Project work
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

A combination of face to face, project work and small and large scale events based learning and assessment will be offered to candidates. The course is designed to engage students in hands-on project work. This may be delivered on campus, in the related industry or a combination of both. Consequently, assessments will vary throughout the course. As required by the training package, employability skills will form part of the assessment of the qualification, including communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, and learning and technology. It is anticipated that learning activities and assessments will involve working with students and staff from other program areas in vocational training. and higher education.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBCOM501 IDENTIFY AND INTERPRET COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS Core 20
BSBWHS501 ENSURE A SAFE WORKPLACE Core 60
BSBWOR502 LEAD AND MANAGE TEAM EFFECTIVENESS Core 60
CPCCOHS1001A WORK SAFELY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Core 6
CUACOS403 DEVELOP EXPERTISE IN COSTUME CONSTRUCTION Core 80
CUACOS405 DEVELOP EXPERTISE IN PATTERN DEVELOPMENT FOR COSTUME Core 80
CUACOS501 MAKE PERIOD COSTUMES Core 150
CUACOS502 MAKE CHARACTER COSTUMES Core 80
CUACOS505 COORDINATE COSTUME MANUFACTURE Core 60
CUACOS507 CONSTRUCT COSTUME CORSETRY AND UNDERGARMENTS Core 100
CUACOS508 CUT AND DRAPE COMPLEX PERIOD COSTUMES Core 100
CUACOS509 DESIGN COSTUMES Core 100
CUACOS510 REALISE COSTUMES Core 60
CUAIND502 MAINTAIN AND APPLY CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Core 50
CUAPPM504 MANAGE BUMP IN AND BUMP OUT OF SHOWS Core 150

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $11900 $17700
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $12150 $17950
Per year $20072
Per semester $10036
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

All materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of the tuition fees.
All materials are provided by Melbourne Polytechnic as part of the tuition fees.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
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Requirements

  • Apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Attend an interview
  • More than a basic level of sewing preferred
Academic: Australian Year 11 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: An interview is required before an offer can be processed. More than a basic level of sewing preferred.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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