National code: CUA40420

    Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (Costume)

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Gain the skills to create costumes that bring characters to life and immerse an audience in the world of film, theatre, dance or television. Embrace your creative side as you learn how to make, modify, repair and maintain costumes and accessories.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Make, modify, repair and maintain costumes and accessories

    • Develop patterns for costumes

    • Construct blocks for period costumes

    • Make costumes for dance

    • Develop art finishing for costumes

    • Collaborate with others in the creative process

    Course outcomes

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

    • A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level

    • A pathway to further study in costume production

    • The sewing and costume production skills to create costumes for film, dance and theatre

    • The technical skills and knowledge to grow your career in other areas of the industry including costume and bridal

    • The experience to work in a live production environment with other industry professionals

    • An understanding of work, health and safety (WHS) practices and standards in the live production industry

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

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

    • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Apparel, Fashion and Textiles or equivalent as evidenced by a copy of your certificate, transcript or industry experience

    Entry recommendations

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

    • An interest in working backstage in theatre or television

    • An interest in costume design and production

    • Fundamental sewing skills and an understanding of pattern-making

    • The ability to pay a materials fee of approximately $300 to cover costume and garment fees

    • The ability to work during intense production weeks

    • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with internet and Microsoft Office 365

    • The ability to manage self-paced/self-directed study


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

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: costume technician, theatre dressing and maintenance worker and film standby costume worker.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study1 Course

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (Costume) does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study0 Courses

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    The Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (Costume) does not have any related courses.

    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.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services (Costume) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 4 core and 12 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.

    • Collaborate in creative processesBSBCRT413

    • Communicate effectively with arts professionalsCUAIND413

    • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industriesCUAMWB401

    • Contribute to organising productionsCUAPPM421

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities 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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