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Graduate Studies: Costume Production: Curriculum

During the first year, the course work and production assignments are designed to give the student a basic core of information and techniques. The graduate student might stitch or be an assistant designer on the first production and be a crafts assistant or first hand on the second and so on through the six show season.

By the end of the first year, students begin to concentrate their study in a specific area of costume production: draping or costume crafts. In the second and third year, students work in responsible positions in their area of expertise. Students are given opportunity to produce work that will enhance their portfolios.

First Year of Training

The first two semesters include core courses that lay the foundation for all future work.

First Semester – 12 Hours

  • Beginning Flat Pattern
  • Survey of Western Costume History
  • Couture Methods
  • Seminars in Professional Practice
  • Costume Laboratory I

Second Semester – 12 Hours

  • Beginning Draping
  • Costume Design for the Technician
  • Choice in Program Emphasis (1)
  • Seminars in Professional Practice
  • Costume Laboratory II

Second Year of Training

Students will choose courses that focus their training. By choosing from the many options, students are able to design a program that fulfills their individual needs.

First Semester – 10 Hours

  • Choices in Program Emphasis (2)
  • Seminars in Professional Practice
  • Costume Laboratory III

Second Semester – 10 Hours

  • Choices in Program Emphasis (3)
  • Seminars in Professional Practice
  • Costume Laboratory IV

Third Year of Training

The opportunity for specialization continues in the third year. The smaller course load allows the student more time to work exclusively on production projects for the professional company.

First Semester – 8 Hours

  • Choices in Program Emphasis (2)
  • Costume Laboratory V

Second Semester – 8 Hours

  • Choices in Program Emphasis (2)
  • Costume Laboratory VI

Choices in the Program Emphasis

The student may develop a program of study beyond the core courses by choosing from various areas of study:

Patternmaking Series: After basic flat pattern and draping in the first year, the student may choose Advanced Flat Pattern, Advanced Draping, Creative Draping and Patternmaking with the Computer.

Period Patternmaking Series: A series of four courses analyze and offer a practical approach to the shapes of the 15th-18th Centuries, 19th Century Women’s Wear, 20th Century Women’s Wear, and 19th-21st Century Menswear. In addition to the required Western Costume Survey, Non-Western Costume is recommended.

Construction Series: Couture Methods is a core course that addresses the basic techniques of costume construction. Advanced Couture is a study of bodice construction, and Tailoring teaches “old world” methods as well as modern options.

Costume Craft Series: The Seminars in Professional Practice touch on many costume crafts and related topics. Additional guided study may be offered in Millinery, Fabric Modification, Shoe Topics, and Masks.

Seminars in Professional Practice

The seminars are taught on a two year rotation. Guest lecturers lend their expertise to the program in these areas. The hands-on projects from these seminars will generate high quality portfolio material.

Semester I, Fall:

  • Millinery
  • Wigs
  • Crowns and Tiaras

Semester II, Spring:

  • Dyeing
  • Distressing
  • Fabric Printing/Painting

Semester III, Fall:

  • Jewelry
  • Accessories
  • Padding Techniques
  • Macro-puppet Construction

Semester IV, Spring:

  • Masks
  • Life-casting
  • Armor

Portfolio and Resumé Development

Students will develop a professional resumé and portfolio as an ongoing process throughout the three-year program. Presentation of portfolios and projects is required as part of graduate evaluations held each semester. Students are expected to apply for summer work to expand their experience and are encouraged to participate in outside organizations and conventions in order to meet prospective employers and other theatre artists.

Courses

470 Survey of Western Costume History (3)
A survey of history costume forms from ancient Egypt to the present time. Fall. Bettin

470H Survey of Costume History (Honors)
Fall. Owen

473 Costume Construction I; Beginning Flat Pattern (Var., 1-3)
Prerequisite DRAM192 or permission of the instructor. Beginning instruction in pattern making through flat pattern for theatrical costume. Fall. Adamson.

474 Costume Construction II: Beginning Draping (Var., 1-3)
Prerequisite, DRAM 473 or permission of the instructor. Beginning instruction modeling on the dress form for theatrical costume. Spring. Adamson.

475 Non-Western Costume History (3)
The traditional costume forms on the African Continent, in Asia (China, Japan, India), and on the Arabian Peninsula explored through discussion of the historical and cultural forces and visual records. Spring. Owen

475H Non-Western Costume History (Honors)
Spring. Owen

595 Costume Seminar I: Dyeing and Distressing (1-3)
Permission of the instructor. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on dyeing, distressing, fabric printing and painting. Spring alternate years. Pollock.

597 Costume Seminar II: Millinery and Wigs (1-3)
Permission of the instructor. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on millinery, crowns, tiaras, and wigs. Fall alternate years. Pollock.

598 Costume Seminar III: Masks and Armor (1-3)
Permission of the instructor. Advance costume production techniques with an emphasis on creating masks and armor. Spring alternate years. Pollock.

599 Costume Seminar IV: Craft Accessories (1-3)
Permission of the instructor. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on gloves, footwear, parasols and other period accessories, padding techniques, and macropuppet construction. Fall alternate years. Pollock.

650 Special Studies: Costumes (.5-3)
Permission of the instructor. Advanced construction techniques in theatrical costuming. May be repeated for credit. Adamson

667 Costume Design for the Technician (Var.)
Prerequisite, admission to the first year of the MFA program or permission of the instructor. Study of design for the production student. Spring. Staff.

750 Costume Production II: Advanced Couture (.5-3)
Advanced construction techniques with an emphasis on corsets, bodices and strapless foundations. Fall. Adamson

752 Costume Production III: Tailoring (.5-3)
Advanced construction techniques producing a classic tailored jacket. Spring alternate years. Adamson

760 Costume Construction III: Advanced Flat Pattern (1-3)
Continued study of pattern making with flat pattern in advanced shapes for the stage. Fall. Adamson.

762 Costume Construction IV: Advanced Draping (1-3)
Continued study of draping theatrical costumes with advanced shapes. Spring. Adamson.

764 Costume Construction V: Creative Draping (1-3)
Producing unusual shapes in theatrical costume using a combination of patternmaking and dressmaking techniques. Spring. Adamson.

766 Costume Construction VI: Computer Pattern (1-3)
Continuation of the study of flat pattern using computer software with AutoCAD. Spring alternate years. Adamson.

770 Period Pattern I; Pre-Victorian (Var., 1-3)
Advanced study of men’s and women’s historical pattern from the 14th through the 18th centuries. Fall alternate years. Adamson.

772 Period Pattern II: Victorian (1-3)
Study of historical pattern with an emphasis on the women’s shapes of the 19th century. Fall alternate years. Adamson

774 Period Pattern III: 20th Century (1-3)
Study of women’s fashion in the 20th century. Spring alternate years. Adamson

776 Pattern IV: Men’s Wear (1-3)
Study of sartorial arts with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th century. Spring alternate years. Adamson

790 Costume Lab I (3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Fall 1st year. Adamson

791 Costume Lab II (3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Spring 1st year. Adamson

792 Costume Lab III (3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Fall 2nd year. Adamson

793 Costume Lab IV (3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Spring 2nd year. Adamson

796 Costume Lab V (3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Fall 3rd year. Adamson

797 Costume Lab VI (1-3)
Show assignments and costume shop support. Spring 3rd year. Adamson.

992 Graduate Final Practicum (1-6)
May be taken in place of 796 and 797. Third year graduate student. Adamson