Practical training in the art of theatre costume

The course at the Northern College of Costume was wonderful and inspiring and I have fond memories of my summer in York, being creative and learning all about the world of costume.
Emma Thompson

Based in a light and spacious studio in the centre of York we offer intensive practical training in the art of theatrical costume making. This course is the only purely practical theatre costume training course in the country.

Classes are small and taught by highly experienced professional practitioners who all share the fundamental belief of the passing on of skills. The 15 week costume making course is a project based, apprentice style programme that concentrates on costume making to industry standard.


Celebrating 10 years


Now in its 10th year, the College has a reputation for producing highly skilled costumiers and all graduates achieve employment success within weeks of graduating.

College graduates have gone on to work with…

HBO ‘The Game of Thrones’,  Disney, BBC, ITV ‘Victoria’, Kudos films, ‘Outlander’, The Globe Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Royal Opera House, Opera North, Manchester Royal Exchange, Sheffield Crucible, Oldham Coliseum, Derby Playhouse, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bolton Octagon, Hull Truck, Northern Ballet, Opera North………

Photoshoot – behind the scenes video