Performance Costume - MFA


If you have found yourself excited by costume in theatre, film, opera, musicals or dance, and longed to be involved in the creation of memorable and exciting images through costume, then this programme is for you. 

Giving you the ideal opportunity to explore and extend your design work into new territory, you will develop a personal design project, building a self-reflective, creative and intellectual approach to designing costume for performance, text and character.

You will extend your knowledge through research and drawing, pattern cutting and costume making, taking your design and technical skills to a professional level, and developing a flexible and confident approach to contemporary working practices within costume design.

Join a vibrant community of creative thinkers

Within ECA, you’ll find yourself at the heart of a dynamic community.

You’ll be ideally placed to study the interaction between costume and the other arts, such as fashion, textiles, jewellery, film, animation, illustration, installation and dance, and to take part in collaborations across the College.

You’ll be supported by academic staff and practitioners from the world of costume design. All will have specialist skills which will add to the range of your knowledge.

During your studies, you’ll also have the chance to attend guest lectures from a range of inspirational creative practitioners.

Where will it take you?

Throughout the programme, the skills you’ll gain will lead you towards the development of a personal project where you can put your most exciting ideas into practice.

And with your wide skills base, when you graduate, you’ll be ready for a whole range of design-related careers in the creative arts, education and media.

There will also be opportunities to showcase your work, including at the prestigious ECA Fashion Show, your Degree Show and at the annual New Designers exhibition in London.

Student work


Megan Baker, Programme Director

Megan Baker is the Programme Director for the BA (Hons) and MA/MFA programmes in Performance Costume at ECA. A practitioner herself, she has been designing costumes nationally and internationally for over 20 years, including shows for London’s West End. Most recently, Megan has designed the costumes for Ana at Théâtre Espace Go (Montreal) and Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), and The Guid Sisters, Union and The Iliad at the Royal Lyceum Theatre (Edinburgh). In her early career, Megan supervised the costumes for many productions including two Mike Leigh shows and the inaugural production of Henry V with Jenny Tiramani and Mark Rylance at the Globe Theatre, recreating authentic Elizabethan clothing using hand techniques from surviving inventories. | View staff profile >

Kim Bergsagel, Puppetry

Kim Bergsagel (Vision Mechanics) is a puppeteer, designer and performer. She makes puppets and sculptures out of a variety of materials for the theatre, television and outdoor installations. Her previous work includes a carved, 8-metre puppet called “Big Man Walking”, and a Chinese Dragon which can be seen as a permanent exhibition hanging from the ceiling in The Royal Museum of Scotland.

Sarah Green, Life Drawing

Sarah is a practising artist who teaches life drawing and illustration to all year groups on the Performance Costume programmes. | View staff profile >

Dave House, Design books

Dave is a graphic and web designer, sound artist and electronic musician. He teaches graphic design techniques and best practices on the Performance Costume programmes, helping students to develop their portfolios into professional design books.

Sara Keith, Textiles

Sara has 15 years of experience working as a textile and costume designer, she has a PHD in Textiles and carries out research in textile design. She lectures on a broad range of textile processes – stitch, dye, 3D, print, fabric manipulation – to develop students’ textile knowledge from fabric to final costume.

Becky Minto, Costume and set design

Becky is a practising stage designer with over 25 years’ experience. She works as a set and costume designer, covering a range of productions for main-house theatre, site specific and large outdoor spectacles, dance and ariel performances.

Ali Mitchell, Costume design

Ali Mitchell is an M.Des qualified costume designer, and has been practicing in design for feature film and television drama over 20 years. Ali's work with young designers at ECA supports them in building a broad, professional practice based, and creative skill set for optimum employability within the industry.

Sally Ann Provan, Millinery

Sally Ann runs Edinburgh Hat Studio. She is a practising milliner who creates bespoke handmade hats, headpieces and handbags for special occasions, and the stage and screen. | View staff profile >

Belinda Tippen, Design books

Belinda is a practising designer and lecturer with considerable commercial experience in the fields of Graphic Design and Illustration. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art working within the departments of Fashion, Textiles and Performance Costume and focusing on visual communication and self-promotion skills. Her interests include artist books, publication design and branding. | View staff profile >

David Wilcox, Pattern cutting

David Wilcox’s specialist subject area is historical pattern cutting. Before becoming a lecturer on Edinburgh College of Art’s Performance Costume programmes, David worked in theatre, opera and film as a costume maker and designer. In parallel with his teaching, he also researches the history of European men’s clothing, from 1600 to 1850. He has contributed to a number of projects at National Museums Scotland and continues to develop research for publication. | View staff profile >


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News & events

Megan Baker has fused historical and contemporary references to portray all wars in all countries.

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Photo of a student in a sculpture court
Alexandra is a former fashion designer turned performance costume student
She is pictured in the Sculpture Court at ECA where SHOW 2016 takes place in May
Image courtesy of Huanran (Patrick) Sun

A Canadian fashion designer turns her talents to performance costume.


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