How to become a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer

Theatrical costume makers and designers undertake or coordinate the design, manufacture and purchase of costumes for television, film and stage productions.

Personal requirements of a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer

  • knowledge of fashion and historical or culturally specific costuming
  • skills in pattern making and sewing
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • creativity
  • able to work under pressure
  • good communication skills.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.4%

NT 0.4%

QLD 9.9%

SA 2.4%

TAS 0.6%

VIC 40.9%

WA 9.9%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 46.4%

Female 53.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 33.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 66.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.8%

Above 35 years: 47.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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