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 production assignments as part of the Costume Laboratory offer a chance to serve as assistant to the designer or craftsperson, stitch for or first hand for a fellow student, and supervise undergraduates during their shop hours.

 

First Year:

First Semester – 12 hours total

Drama 470H – 3.0 hours — Survey of Western Costume History Honors – A survey of historic costume forms from ancient Egypt to the present. The honors section meets for an additional class and has additional requirements.

Drama 473 – 2.0 hours — Beginning Flat Pattern – Pattern drafting for theatrical costume.

Drama 587 – 2.0 hours — Seminars in Professional Practice: Millinery and Wigs. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on millinery, headdresses, and wigs.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 589 – 2.0 hours – Seminars in Professional Practice: Craft Accessories. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on gloves, footwear, parasols and other period accessories, padding techniques, and macro puppet construction.

Drama 650 – 2.0 hours — Couture Methods – Construction techniques used in theatrical costume.

Drama 790 – 3.0 hours — Costume Laboratory I. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

Second Semester – 12 hours total

Drama 474 – 2.0 hours — Beginning Draping. Patternmaking by modeling on the dress form for theatrical costume.

Drama 586 – 2.0 hours — Seminars in Professional Practice: Dyeing. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on dyeing, distressing, fabric printing and painting.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 588 – 2.0 hours – Seminars in Professional Practice: Masks and Armor. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on creating masks and armor.

Drama 667 – 3.0 hours — Costume Design for the Technician. Study of design for the costume technician as a means to collaborate with designers.

Drama 752 – 2.0 hours – Tailoring. Advanced construction techniques producing a classic tailored jacket.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 766 – 2.0 hours –Digital Applications. Investigation of digital applications as applies to professional development for costume makers.

Drama 791 – 3 hours — Costume Laboratory II. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

 

Second Year:

By the second year students begin to have their show assignments tailored to their area of concentration: management, draping or costume crafts.

First Semester – 11 Hours

Drama 587 – 2.0 hours — Seminars in Professional Practice: Millinery and Wigs. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on millinery, headdresses, and wigs.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 589 – 2.0 hours – Seminars in Professional Practice: Craft Accessories. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on gloves, footwear, parasols and other period accessories, padding techniques, and macro puppet construction.

Drama 760 – 2.0 hours — Advanced Patternmaking, Part 1. Advanced techniques in flat pattern and draping, including pants, tailored jackets and non-traditional sleeves.

Drama 770 – 2.0 hours — Period Pattern: Pre-Victorian. Advanced study of men’s and women’s historical pattern from the 14th through the 18th Century
or (in alternate years)

Drama 772 – 2.0 hours – Period Pattern: Victorian. Advanced study of women’s historical pattern during the 19th Century.

Drama 784 – 1.0 hour –Costume Management. Overview of tasks encountered in shop management: sourcing and budgeting, hiring practices, conflict/resolution management, production calendar and workload.

Drama 792 – 3.0 hours – Costume Laboratory III. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

Second Semester – 10 hours

Drama 585 – 2.0 hours — Seminars in Professional Practice: Dyeing. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on dyeing, distressing, fabric printing and painting.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 588 – 2.0 hours – Seminars in Professional Practice: Masks and Armor. Advanced costume production techniques with an emphasis on creating masks and armor.

Drama 752 – 2.0 hours – Tailoring. Advanced construction techniques in tailoring, producing a classic tailored jacket.
or (in alternate years)

Drama 766 – 2.0 hours –Digital Applications. Investigation of digital applications as applies to professional development for costume makers

Drama 762 – 2.0 hours — Advanced Patternmaking Part 2. Advanced techniques in flat pattern and draping, including undergarments, boned bodices, bias, knits and stretch.

Drama 774 – 2.0 hours — Period Pattern: 20th Century. Study of women’s fashion in the 20th Century.
or (in alternate years )

Drama 776 – 2.0 hours – Period Pattern: Men’s Wear. Study of the sartorial arts with emphasis on the 19th and 20th Century.

Drama 793 – 3.0 hours — Costume Laboratory IV. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

 

Third Year:

By the third year the number of class hours have decreased allowing the student more time to work exclusively on production projects for the professional company.

First Semester – 8 hours

Drama 750 –3.0 hours — Advanced Couture. Advanced construction techniques with an emphasis on corsets, bodices and strapless foundations.

Drama 770 – 2.0 hours — Period Pattern: Pre-Victorian. Advanced study of men’s and women’s historical pattern from the 14th through the 18th Century
or (in alternate years)

Drama 772 – 2.0 hours – Period Pattern: Victorian. Advanced study of women’s historical pattern during the 19th Century.

Drama 992 – 3.0 hours –Graduate Final Practicum. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

Second Semester – 8 Hours

Drama 764 –3.0 hours — Creative Draping. Production of unusual shapes in theatrical costume using a combination of patternmaking and dressmaking techniques.

Drama 774 – 2.0 hours — Period Pattern: 20th Century. Study of women’s fashion in the 20th Century.
or (in alternate years )

Drama 776 – 2.0 hours – Period Pattern: Men’s Wear. Study of the sartorial arts with emphasis on the 19th and 20th Century.

Drama 992 – 3.0 hours –Graduate Final Practicum. Show assignments for PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art and costume shop support.

In the third year it is possible to take an advanced level study in the costume crafts area being taught that semester. Students are also encouraged to audit Drama 475, Non-Western Costume History, if possible.