Costume Design & Make-Up - Levels 5 & 6

Costume Design & Make-Up – Levels 5 & 6

2 Years Full Time Course
QQI Level 5 and 6

I was looking specifically for a course that would help me develop my design process as well as teaching me more practical skills of costume construction.

About The Course

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.


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, MakeUp Technician, Hair/Wig Designer, Hair/ Wig Technician.

Graduate Profile

Stephanie Blytham

“I was looking specifically for a course that would both help me develop my design process as well as teaching me more practical skills of costume construction.

I loved the mix of classes we had. Pattern Drafting, Costume History and Appreciation of Theatre and Art History were perhaps my favourites, but I also enjoyed the fact that there were classes like combined materials/metalwork that were a little outside my comfort zone (a class which has unexpectedly come in handy since I have left!).

The tutors are all really supportive and willing to try and push you to think in different ways. I was a lot more confident in my sewing skills and understanding of costume construction and design coming out.

Since leaving college I have done a variety of jobs. The first few years were spent working in costume for film and theatre, moving to London for an internship with Angels the Costumiers which in turn led to a job as Junior Costume Assistant on Alien: Covenant. I am currently in the final year of an MA in History of Design at the V&A Museum and Royal College of Art in London.”

Stephanie Blytham



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