Short course


This course prepares you to work in the Film and TV Costume department.

Delivered by Dena Thanopoulos, a Costume Supervisor with 20 years’ experience in the costume department, including work on The Sopranos, Outlander, Shetland, River City and T2 Trainspotting, this course gives you insights into the roles, principles and practices of this dynamic and creative department.

The course takes any existing costume knowledge and experience you have and gives you what you need to be ‘Set Ready’ for work specifically in film and TV.

Please note that this is a class-room based course and not a practical Costume Design course.  There is not any designing or making element to the course. It covers script breakdown, the work involved in pre-production and preparing to shoot, how the costume department operates on set, how to enter the costume department and the materials and skills you need in the various roles.

Part of the course will also focus on how the costume department interacts with the make-up department. 


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £375
Corporate Rate: £575


Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are available for those who are eligible.

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Please note that bursary funding availability from NFTS Scotland is limited and we encourage you to seek alternative avenues of funding as well. 

Please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form 


How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates.