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.


There are many career opportunities for our graduates including costume designers, costume makers, costume assistants, costume supervisors for the screen and stage industry.

The professional skills and abilities developed on the programme prepare our graduates for a rewarding career path in the creative industries in which many of our alumni are now successful practitioners including Anna Robbins, costume designer for Downton Abbey, Bletchley Circle and Halcyon.

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study


Megan Baker

Programme Director, Performance Costume

Email: megan.baker@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5811

Facilities and resources

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

The Performance Costume workshops are equipped for a mixture of fabric sewing and pattern cutting processes.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2019
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

ECA PG Masters Scholarships

  • Deadline:
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

John L Paterson PG Design Scholarship

  • Deadline: Deadline 1 May 2018
  • Value: £8,000
  • Eligibility: Applicants must either be a current ECA Undergraduate School of Design student or recent undergraduate alumni (within 5 years of graduation) of the School of Design.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086