This is an exciting course designed for anyone who has an interest in theatre costume or ballet.
It'll teach you how to make a professional tutu base and bodice for classical ballet dancers or ballet students.
With a limit of seven people, you will have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue making tutus at home or work.
Tutu making is a unique skill allowing costume professionals to stand out in a crowd with a competitive portfolio. It's not a widely taught subject and is rarely taught to a professional standard.
On this course you will:
- learn how to construct a ten or twelve-layer tutu base skirt with bodice by fitting, cutting and pleating
- assemble the layers and understanding how to cut and construct the bodice.
The course will be delivered through a number of technical lessons in order to complete the project.
Examples of the finished project will be available as a visual aid and demonstrations of the various processes shown throughout.
The course is ideal for recent graduates who want to enhance their CV or costume professionals wanting to broaden their skills.
The course would also be great for an enthusiastic amateur, a parent with a child studying ballet or a dance tutor who wants a creative input in their final show costumes.
Basic machine and hand sewing skills are useful for this course but no extensive costume or tutu making skills are necessary.
What will you gain?
The skills taught on this course would be an addition to any portfolio of work and could essentially lead to work in the costume industry.
It could also be an aid to developing existing professional knowledge.
Above all it will create an opportunity for like-minded people to have fun learning something new.
Where you'll learn: You will be based in the Waverley building at the heart of the City Campus, with access to the costume design studio space equipped with domestic sewing equipment and overlockers.
You will have all the tools and materials required to make your tutu provided.
You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.
Here's what our previous attendees have said:
"Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lovely to be back in the learning environment." MA
"I had a wonderful time and learnt so much." RL
"I loved the course and the attention to detail. I'll be back." RH
Entry requirement: Basic machine and hand-sewing skills are required.
Tutor profile: Kim Tuplin-Mace started off her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company as a men’s tailor, where she gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in historical men's tailoring.
Her work has featured on period dramas for film and TV, as well as costumes for The Royal Opera House and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Kim has also worked for many theatres and pantomime companies within the Midlands as a freelance designer, maker and costume supervisor for places such as De Montfort Hall, The Curve, Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, First Family Pantomimes, Imagine Theatre Ltd and Little Wolf Entertainment.
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Need accommodation for the summer?
You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms.
Information on booking accommodation can be provided once your place on the course is confirmed.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
One week of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, with most materials provided.
Certificate of attendance upon completion.
Maximum class size: 7
This craft course provider has been awarded Silver status for receiving 5 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.