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Production Arts (Costume, Theatrical and Media Make-Up) at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The Extended Diploma is a unit based course with progression depending on your success in each unit. Credit is given for each unit achieved and units can be graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. If you fail to complete a unit you will be given a referral and a time frame and work programme to complete the referred unit(s).

Course content

There are two elements to the course making up the total amount of units needed:

  • core units
  • specialist units

The core units give you a thorough grounding in the Production Arts industry, including design ideas and concepts, materials, techniques and processes as well as historical context. During the course you will undertake make-up for performers, these units allow you to experiment with all aspects of theatrical make-up and prosthetics – linked to live productions alongside your costume/fashion construction.

The specialist units give you plenty of scope to develop your work through a pathway of Costume Design, Costume Making & Theatrical make-up.

Core units:

(Btec Unit number)

2      Production Arts workshop

3      Production Arts Business

4      The Historical Context of Performance

6      Production Arts Planning

8      Production for Theatre Performance

Professional specialist units:

74     Working freelance in the Performing and Production Arts

76     Design Drawing Development

77     Design Material and Processes

78     Design Method

81     Stage Costume Making

82     Stage Wardrobe Management

83     Developing Costume Design Skills

85     Period Costume for the Stage

86     Mask Making in the Performing Arts

92     Make-up for performers

93     Make-up application skills for performance

95     Special Effects 

96     Make-up using Prosthetics

100     Hair styling & dressing for performances   

Please Note:
The above lists of specialist units are those that fulfil the specialised area of Production Arts - Design; as well as offering a broad range of design skills, costume construction, theatrical make-up application and theoretical attributes needed for the Theatre Industry.

Entry requirements

Minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above to include English, Maths and a relevant arts based subject. 
Alternatively a BTEC Level 2 qualification in Art & Design or a related subject at Merit or above is acceptable.
Students will be required to take functional skills in English and maths in their first year of study should they not have GCSE at the required grade. The level of functional skills will be decided at initial assessment.
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at which a portfolio of work will be reviewed 

Mature applicants are encouraged to apply.


In order to provide an effective and well-balanced delivery we will be employing a number of teaching methods: primary amongst these will be the project system. You will be set specific briefs that will be taught, assessed and feedback given to you on your performance; student-centred teaching will form the heart of the strategy employed. 

The Course Team will consist of all teaching staff on the programme. Each member will have a delegated role within the team and responsibilities across the programme. The Course Leader will have overall responsibility for running the course and ensuring that the programme is integrated appropriately.

Because of the growing demand for self-motivation among those involved in the field of art and design, increasing emphasis will be placed on the role of student-centred learning. Project briefs, although ultimately requiring the successful negotiation of all the necessary learning experiences, will aim to be a programme of self-discovery rather than solely a lecturer-led exercise

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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