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Wardrobe Assistant - Film, TV or Theatre

Wardrobe assistant repairing a dancer's dress on a mannequin

Wardrobe assistants help to select, assemble, maintain and make the costumes for actors in film, television or theatrical productions. They make sure that the costumes look authentic.

The Work

Depending on the type and size of production there are sometimes two wardrobe departments: the 'making wardrobe' department who research and acquire or create the costumes, and the 'running wardrobe' who organise and maintain the costumes and assist in the changes of costumes during the shoot.

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) website publishes the latest rates from the Advertising Producer's Association (APA) Recommended Crew Rates (July 2022).

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You do not need formal qualifications for entry, but many employers require some subjects at National 4 or 5, or equivalent. As entry is competitive, one of the following relevant courses may be useful.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
6027
0.2 %
RISE
2028
6039
  United Kingdom
2023
65733
1.2 %
RISE
2028
66542

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative Scotland website lists opportunities, both voluntary and paid, for working in the creative arts industry.

Take a look at The Stage online magazine for information on jobs. You can even download a Jobs and Auditions app for your iPhone. The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which covers careers information, jobs and opportunities in the theatre.

Trainee Finder is ScreenSkills flagship new entrant programme which offers paid work placements across a range of roles in film and TV. Applications are currently closed for the 2024-25 programme. Recruitment will usually begin around September of the year before placement. Find out more and apply online by visiting the Film Trainee Finder website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)
Tel: 07760 549476
E-mail: admin@abtt.org.uk
Website: http://www.abtt.org.uk/
Twitter: @theabtt

BBC Recruitment
Website: https://careers.bbc.co.uk/
Twitter: @BBCGetIn

BECTU Scotland (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
Tel: 0141 370 1590
E-mail: info@bectu.org.uk
Website: http://www.bectu.org.uk
Twitter: @bectu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BECTUOfficial

ScreenSkills
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.screenskills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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