MFA in Theatre: Costume Design and Technology

Ours is a small specialized professional training program allowing for discovery of an individual style and process to costume design.

Curriculum

Our program is hands-on from the start: students work on department productions beginning in their first semester.

We encourage artistic experimentation and creative collaboration in our design courses and in production.

Our Costume Design Studio and Costume Shop are fully equipped with sewing machines, state-of-the-art embroidery machines, two industrial sergers, and a dye vat and spray hood.

Course topics include:

  • Figure Drawing
  • Costume Crafts
  • Costume Rendering Techniques
  • Design

Each student admitted will work with a primary advisor in a one-on-one studio environment over the three-year period.

The educational value of the studio experience is based on regularly planned projects designed as experiential labs.

The primary advisor mentors the progress of the student through these projects and guides the development of the student's overarching goals and curricular needs.

An individualized Plan of Study, designed to meet the needs of each student, is developed to track progress toward the degree.

Each student participates in a required review with graduate committee members at the end of each semester of enrollment to evaluate work done, assess progress, and plan future projects and experiences.

To complete the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 54 hours of graduate course credit is required.

All accepted students receive an assistantship and full tuition waiver.

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