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.
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.
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.