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Course overview

An opportunity to make a corset chosen from four different periods (Tudor, 18th century, 1860s, 1890s) using given pattern blocks.

You will learn how to make the corset using traditional theatrical methods with steel boning, Courtil, and a choice of fabrics.

Entry requirements

17+. Students below the age of 17 are not normally accepted.

Entrance is by written application. There is no upper age limit.

Further information

Small classes ensure plenty of one-to-one teaching. The course is aimed at those who want to expand their knowledge and skills within this area. The wardrobe department is equipped with both domestic and industrial sewing machines.

You should be able to sew to a good standard and be able to use a sewing machine competently.


Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Seminars/classes are not optional.

Students are expected to behave in a professional manner. Punctuality is essential; records are kept of class attendance and are taken into account when the RADA certificate is issued at the end of the course.

How to apply

Download an application form

Please complete the application form and return to:

Sally Power
RADA, 62-64 Gower Street,
London, WC1E 6ED
United Kingdom

Or email a scanned copy of the application form to

Although there is no application deadline, places are limited and therefore early booking is recommended. All applications are considered in order of receipt.

If your application is received after the course is full, you will be put on the waiting list. Applicants will be informed by post at the address given on the application form whether or not they have been accepted.

Terms and conditions

What is the cancellation policy?

The application form contains full details of our cancellation policy.

It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

Rules and regulations of the Academy

All students must undertake to adhere to the General Rules and Regulations of the Academy. The Academy’s Director or Course Director shall, at their absolute discretion, have the right to terminate the course in respect of any student whose presence or conduct is in contravention of the same.

Friends or other persons who are not officially enrolled are not permitted to sit in on classes, rehearsals or presentations.

Students must understand, conform and adhere to the Academy’s Health and Safety Procedures and Policies.

All students are expected to wear the correct and appropriate clothing for each class.

Students are expected to maintain a professional standard of dress and hygiene at all times.

Fees are non-returnable once a student has started a course.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in the classroom areas without permission from the Academy’s staff.

RADA does not discriminate against applicants on the grounds of sex, disability, ethnicity or sexuality. We welcome applicants from disabled people and offer places solely on the basis of potential and suitability for the course. The school is mainly housed in a newly-refurbished building which provides good access for wheelchair users.

Decisions made by the Academy regarding the selection of instructors, the allocation of students to study groups, the material for that study group and any roles allocated are final and not open to negotiation.

It is strongly recommended that students insure themselves to cover any medical or transport costs and loss of fees in the event of illness or accident for which the Academy cannot accept any liability.

If, for reason of epidemic or national crisis, the Academy is compelled to close during the course, no fees can be returned or compensation be made for any period of tuition that may have been lost through the Academy’s inability to carry on its work.

It is important to note that the Academy does not accept responsibility for students beyond the scheduled teaching hours on the RADA premises. These are Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. Parents are therefore advised to ensure that adequate supervision of activities undertaken in the evening and at weekends is provided, as appropriate, during the duration of the course.