Sunday, July 14, 2024

South Essex College announce new costume course in Thurrock


A BRAND new Foundation Diploma specialising in Costume Construction is now being offered at South Essex College.

A fast paced and vibrant course at the College’s Thurrock Campus, the Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design – Costume Pathway covers many specific areas not found in other art and design pathways.

The course is aimed at students who have finished their A-levels and want an extra Art and Design based qualification to help them get into good universities. It’s also suitable for those who have taken a break from education and want to return.

Keeley Le Bargy, Course Leader said: “This course is highly specialised with modules specifically designed with costume construction in mind. It will give students the edge when going out into industry or as a bridge to progress onto university.”

A big part of this course is the influence on story analysis and the communication between character and costume. It’s also taught in bright and dynamic design studios with lots of investments in high end resources.

Keeley said: “This course is ideal for those not ready or not sure if they want to study a degree, working closely with the BA Costume Construction we can show students what the next step is. It’s ideal for mature students, to build their knowledge and confidence in the subject.”

Thurrock is becoming a hub for the arts with the Royal Opera House in Purfleet and plans to build a film studio in the future, the industry is continually growing.

The course will also introduce students to industry professionals and competitions working with the ROH and The National Theatre. Every year the College enters the ROH Design Challenge, a great opportunity for students work to be showcased and to test their knowledge and skills to an industry standard.

Keeley added: “Students will work with industry specialists and attend masterclasses, our Thurrock Campus is so close to London which will allow our students essential networking opportunities.”

For more information about the course and to apply, visit


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