The New Zealand Diploma in Costume Construction is the only tertiary course in New Zealand that specialises in costume construction for stage and screen. The course is taught by some of New Zealand’s best industry professionals and aims to provide students with skills in all forms of costume construction and production. This will lead to employment in film, theatre and allied industries. Costume students have the opportunity to collaborate with the New Zealand School of Dance on their major performance events as well as being actively involved in most shows, films and performance projects at Toi Whakaari. In addition, the annual Costume Showcase exists to present the graduating costumiers’ work in a live performance event.
“The three most important things my time at Toi gave me were: 1) the ability to identify opportunities for learning, 2) the sensitivity to see a job that needs doing (even if it is just a reset of a working area) and 3) the network of contacts consisting of students, tutors and industry practitioners.”
The Diploma is a full‐time, two year, vocational and highly practical course covering all aspects of costume work. The second year involves students undertaking industry secondments with professional performing arts organisations in their particular area of interest. This includes areas like film, commercials and theatre.
Costume Construction students must be 18 years of age by the first day of the first term – there is no upper age limit. Applications are invited from candidates of all backgrounds, with or without prior costume experience.
Entry to the NZ Diploma in Costume Construction is by portfolio and interview. Applicants are asked to submit evidence of at least two garments you have made. We would also like you to answer some questions outlining why you want to study at Toi Whakaari and how this training will help you accomplish your future goals.
Personal Statement Info:
In the Personal Statement section of the Applicantion Form please address the following (150-200 words each MAX):
You are particularly encouraged to share some personal insights and influences that shaped you.
In the Portfolio section of the Applicantion Form you can either: enter a link to your website/Tumblr/Dropbox or other online portal, or you can compress the portfolio images into a ZIP file and email them to email@example.com before the application deadline of Friday 25th of September 2020.
The NZ Diploma in Costume Construction is designed to provide graduates who may enter the workforce as an employee, freelance or self-employed practitioner in roles such as:
“Tutors are invested in every individual and their knowledge is an invaluable resource both during and beyond the course of the diploma. Having had opportunities to apply my learning through industry secondments right from the first year, the training has equipped me to graduate with confidence and momentum towards achieving my career goals."
Sarah Carswell, Graduate 2014
- Costume Assistant – Ghost in the Shell (Dreamworks);
- Wardrobe Assistant, Royal New Zealand Ballet;
- Costumier, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ;
- Recipient of the 2014 Bill Guest Award.