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Production Arts (Costume, Fashion and Theatre) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at City of Westminster College

Course description

The course is made up of core units and specialist optional units, which will be spread across the two years. In your first year you will achieve a Subsidiary Diploma and in your second year you will complete the full Extended Diploma qualification.

The core units give you a thorough grounding in the Production Arts Industry, including Design Ideas and Concepts, Materials, Techniques and Processes, Business and Production Planning, as well as the Historical Context of Performance.

During the course you will undertake Make-up for Performers, which allows you to experiment with all aspects of theatrical make-up. You will also be able to practice your new skills by working on college productions which will be link to your costume/fashion work.

The specialist units give you plenty of scope to develop your work through a pathway of Costume Design, Costume Making, Fashion Design, Fashion Construction & Theatrical make-up. Specialist optional units may include:

  • Working Freelance in the Performing and Production Arts
  • Design Drawing Development
  • Design Material and Processes
  • Design Method
  • Stage Costume Making
  • Stage Wardrobe Management
  • Developing Costume Design Skills
  • Period Costume for the Stage
  • Mask Making in the Performing Arts
  • Make-up for performers
  • Make-up application skills for performance
  • Period Make up

Entry requirements

To be a successful applicant our Production Arts programme you should have the following qualifications:

  • You will have a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language and Art, Drama or DT.
  • A Level 2 qualification at Merit or above with Functional Skills Literacy qualification at Level 2
  • Prior to interview you will be set a short task to complete which is related to the course. You must complete this and bring to the interview.
  • At interview you will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to this area of work and present a portfolio of relevant work.


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and through giving presentations. You will also work on college productions working closely with both Performing Arts and Media students on combined projects.

Future opportunities

UCAS applications to HE institutions to study Foundation Diploma, HND/HNC, Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) courses to develop possible career opportunities in the Theatre, Television and Film industry.

Apprenticeships programmes within the Creative and Cultural Sector, subject to successful applications

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 29 February 2016
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