Costume Design and Make-Up Levels 5 and 6

Costume Design and Make-Up Levels 5 and 6

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Costume Design & Make-Up Course
QQI Level 5 and 6

This intensive course provides you with the creative ability to visually communicate your design ideas and the technical skills to produce complete costumes, hair and make-up for performers.

Areas of general study include research, design development, drawing and illustration, pattern drafting and costume construction for the realisation of 2D designs into 3D. You will also learn practical skills for hair/wig and make-up design and application.

The Costume Design and Make-Up course at Inchicore College offers a unique opportunity to study in a specialised area that offers many exciting career prospects in a creative industry of film, television and theatre.

Course Coordinator: Avril McGettigan


Practical Subjects:

  • Costume design, illustration and drawing
  • Period and contemporary pattern drafting
  • Period and contemporary costume construction
  • Period corset construction
  • Millinery
  • Metal work
  • Media and materials exploration
  • Mask making
  • Make-up design and application including prosthetics
  • Wig/hair design and maintenance
  • Work experience is in collaboration with the Performance department and the Technical Theatre department on designing shows for public performance.

Academic Subjects:

  • Costume history and theory
  • Theatre history and theatre studies

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Level 5 Design 5M2208
Plus nine Level 6 modules

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects

Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant experience and may not meet the above entry requirements are welcome to apply.

Interview and Portfolio

All applicants will be interviewed and must present a portfolio at interview.

The portfolio should demonstrate an ability to draw. Observational drawing (not from pictures or imagination) is essential. Portfolio should also display use of colour.

3D work, sketchbooks and ideas books can also be included.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Graduates may use their qualification to apply for entry to degree courses in Ireland, the UK and internationally.

Employment Prospects

The Costume Design course at Inchicore College has a long running relationship with the growing stage and screen industry in Ireland and internationally. Graduates have gained employment on such high profile productions in Ireland such as “Into The Badlands”, “Vikings”, “Ripper Street”, and “Penny Dreadful”; and internationally “Alien: Covenant”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Gossip Girl” Job titles include; Costume Designer, Costume Assistant, Costume Technician, Wardrobe Person, Make-up Artist, Make-Up Technician, Hair/Wig Designer, Hair/ Wig Technician.

Student Stories

Jill Sartini

The course’s reputation was a key factor in choosing to study at ICFE. The course is aimed at delivering couture standard garments and the work flow is fast paced, as this is the level you need to work to in the costume industry.

I loved Construction and Pattern Drafting. The course really gave me an insight into how garments had to be properly made and cut. It was great to design costumes for a play with a professional director. This element really shows how team work is needed to get on in the industry.

The teachers are so passionate about what they teach, so each class you attend, you feel enthusiastic to learn and to attend class. I have made some wonderful friends from attending ICFE, some of which I know I will be in contact with for the rest of my life.

Since leaving college, I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on a variety of diffe-ent productions from, RTE’s TV & dramas, Rebellion, Blood, Bernard Dunne’s Mystical Heros & Bright Sparks. History Channels Vikings, AMC Into the Badlands, Various Netflix Action and Drama feature films, TV Adverts. TG4 documentary drama films and numerous Independent feature films and shorts.

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I loved Construction and Pattern Drafting. The course really gave me an insight into how garments had to be properly made and cut. It was great to design costumes for a play with a professional director.