National code: CUA50420

Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume)

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Overview About this course

Apply your creative aptitude to the niche industry of costume design, gain experience working on live productions and graduate with the connections and skills needed to excel in this exciting and artistic industry.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Research and create costumes related to various movements and historical periods

  • Design and construct accessories

  • Interpret design briefs

  • Work with a variety of textiles, materials and tools

  • Source materials and components required for costume construction within available budgets

  • Modify costumes as required

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Extensive knowledge around costume and fashion from various movements and historical periods in time

  • The skills to follow a design brief and create costumes

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • You are required to have sufficient garment production skills, knowledge, and experience to be appropriate for entry into this Diploma level course. This will be determined through attendance of an information session prior to enrolment, followed by a consultation.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Completed the Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design and Technology (MST30819)

  • Sewing and patternmaking skills

  • An interest in creating costumes

  • An interest in working backstage in theatre or television

  • The ability to pay a materials fee of approximately $600 to cover costume and garment fees

  • The ability to work during intense production weeks

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 12 high school level

  • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

  • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: costume technician and wardrobe supervisor.

Study pathways

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Previous study 1 Course

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The Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume) does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services (Costume) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 4 core and 11 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Manage people performance BSBLDR522

  • Manage complex projects BSBPMG541

  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge CUAIND512

  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice CUAPPR515

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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