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  MA Historical Costume


Arts University Bournemouth    Graduate School

Full time & Part time September, January MA 1 Year (full-time), 2 Years (part-time)
Creative Arts & Design (9) History & Archaeology (19)

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The MA Historical Costume programme at Arts University Bournemouth offers a unique and immersive experience for students interested in exploring the world of historical costume design. Whether you have a background in costume, fashion, textiles, or theatre, this course allows you to investigate individual practice within an interdisciplinary framework. You'll have access to an extensive archive of historical dress, spanning from 1750 to 2000, to inspire your research. The programme encourages experimentation and innovative practice, providing a structured framework for developing Masters-level outcomes. With a diverse range of seminars and critiques, you'll have the opportunity to critically reflect on your work and engage with practitioners in the field.

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Course Structure

MA Historical Costume is designed to enable the student to follow their research interests at M level whether that interest lies in historical costume design for theatre or film, costume construction, or purely desk-based contextual study. Working with students and staff from across a breadth of MA disciplines, students will enrich the wider post-graduate dynamic at AUB with the individual experience and graduate expertise they bring with them.

This course can be studied full-or part-time from October or full-time from February.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification in Art, Design, Media or Performance and will be interested in experimentation and innovative practice within a structured framework leading to Masters outcomes.

International applicants must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.


Fees

2023/24 Home/EU fees £8,000 (full-time) £4000 (part-time)

2023/24 International fees £18,500 (full-time) £9,250 (part-time)

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Student Profiles

Victoria Adams

You could comfortably say that I’ve found my home here at AUB. I started on the undergraduate Costume course in 2018, and coming from just outside London, I was at first drawn to the slightly slower pace of Bournemouth. I didn’t expect it, but when I came to view the university, it was almost like something out of a film. I turned the corner onto the main campus, and the sun started shining, there was music playing across the courtyard, and everyone just seemed excited to be there. When I got home, I retracted all my other offers. I knew that I didn’t want to do my degree anywhere else.
I spent my final project exploring female tailoring, and in the summer of 2021, I graduated with a first-class degree. By this point, I felt like I had just scratched the surface of my understanding of tailoring and knew that it was something that I needed to explore more. I made the decision to start my Master’s in Historical Costume over the summer, with the goal to provide me the space and guidance to research further into tailoring practices. I wanted to focus on making for the non-standard body, to provide a different perspective on traditional tailoring techniques.
I finished my Master’s in February, achieving a Distinction and being over the moon. Two weeks after, I started my new job working at AUB. I’m now a Technician Demonstrator, working with the staff and students to help manage the studios and share my knowledge. It’s of course a bit of a shock to the system to now be a colleague among my tutors, but I’ve embraced the change and they’ve all helped me to realise what I can offer to others.

Caitlyn Keaney

I find that UK creative culture is really positive, great and engaging. It fosters some incredible interactions with people and really pushes you to be a better creative.

I personally chose Bournemouth because I'm from California and I absolutely love the sun. But also because the campus is amazing and the core staff here is great. AUB really focuses on cross-course collaboration, either formally during your studies or as side projects.

Scholarships

Our international scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the global international student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000-£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.


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Our EU Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the EU student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be a Permanent Resident in a member state of the European Union. In addition, you must be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.


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We aim to have a diverse student environment with the best creative talent in the UK and have several scholarships and bursaries available.

Our BA (Hons) alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate fees, and 33% discount for those that achieve a 2:1 or 1st, if they choose to study a postgraduate award at AUB.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20-33% off postgraduate fees

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 20% alumni progression discount, you must be a Home student who completed a BA (Hons) degree at Arts University Bournemouth. To be eligible for the 33% alumni discount (academic scholarship), you must be a Home student who graduated their AUB BA (Hons) degree with a 1st or a 2:1 grade.

Please be advised that this discount doesn't apply for applicants to the Master of Architecture (Part 2 ARB/RIBA) course.

Application Procedure

The discounts will be automatically applied.


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