Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

Reasons to choose the programme

You will develop both your creative and practical skills, enabling you to design well thought-out, wearable, innovative and expressive costumes for a range of performing arts contexts.
You will develop personal projects in your final year, putting your most exciting ideas into practice.
You'll be at the heart of a community of like-minded creatives within the School of Design and ECA, supported by leading academics.
You'll graduate with the skills to enter a wide range of design-related careers in the creative arts, education and media.
You will have the opportunity to showcase your work in our annual Performance Costume show.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


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.


Megan Baker

Programme Director, Performance Costume, School of Design


Tel: +44 (0)131 651 5811

Facilities and resources

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

The printmaking suite provides a host of facilities for traditional and contemporary printmaking processes.

Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (often abbreviated to CAD-CAM) facilities are available to students across Edinburgh College of Art workshops. These include 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC routers, CAD embroidery machines and laser printers.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Value: £10,000
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086