Theatre Costume Design

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to create a personalized academic plan. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors help determine which courses must be taken prior to graduation.

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DESN 3050
History of Décor & Costume I
UNITS: 3
The first course in a series which examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles studied in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the 19th century to the present.
DESN 3080
Historical Costume Cutting I (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
A class in the development of the artificial silhouette in history, emphasizing patterning and construction of undergarments and foundations essential to period construction. Character body modification is considered. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
DESN 3250
Theatre Analysis
UNITS: 3
Theatrical history is examined through selected scripts with an emphasis on analysis for costume design.  Focus is placed on those historical periods in which dramatic literature and theatre performance were most prolific and influential. 
DESN 3280
Costume Design for Theatre
UNITS: 3
A specialized class in the process of costume design and its rendering. Students design costumes for a variety of historical plays and production styles.
DESN 3350
History of Décor & Costume II
UNITS: 3
A continuation of History of Décor and Costume I, this course examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles studied in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the Italian Renaissance through the 18th century.
DESN 3380
Historical Costume Cutting II (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
A continuation of Historical Costume Cutting I, this course focuses on the draping and cutting of historical costumes, with an emphasis on the draped costume, the semi-fitted Gothic costume, and the artificial silhouette of the 16th, 17th, and 19th centuries. Drafting patterns from period sources and current garments are demonstrated. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisite: DESN 3080
DESN 3450
Costume Crafts I
UNITS: 3
A practical survey of the various fabric modification techniques employed by the theatrical costume designer, including dyeing, painting, aging, distressing, and creating unusual costume materials.
DESN 3530
Drawing & Rendering for the Theatre
UNITS: 3
A practical course in which realistic figures are drawn in period costumes and rendered in watercolors and prismacolors. Rendering of period fabrics, accessories, and period hair styles is demonstrated and applied.
DESN 3580
Wardrobing for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
This course investigates script breakdown and research techniques unique to wardrobing for film and television.  Guest speakers from the industry introduce pertinent issues and practical techniques. Field trips familiarize students with the intricacies and requirements of successful wardrobe design for film and television. 
DESN 3620
Historical Costume Cutting III (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
A comprehensive course that culminates in the creation of a fully realized, historically accurate, elaborate costume, including patterning and construction of undergarments, entire garments, and selected specialty work. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
DESN 3650
History of Décor & Costume III
UNITS: 3
A continuation of History of Décor and Costume I and II, this course examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles studied in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the 19th century through the present.
DESN 3680
Costume Crafts II
UNITS: 3
Students survey and learn the craft of successful costume accessories and costume prop design. Theatrical millinery techniques, armor, footwear, jewelry, and form construction are studied. Prerequisite: DESN 3450
DESN 3780
Costume Design for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
An advanced practical seminar in costume design for film, television, video and other specialized disciplines, including spectacle, musical theatre, opera, dance, and circus. Portfolio scale projects are emphasized to prepare for professional submission and consideration.
DESN 3840
Theatre Practice (Internship) (6 hours)
UNITS: 6
Students apply coursework and demonstrate their skills through supervised apprenticeships, internships, and field study within professional theatre and/or film and television production opportunities.
Total Units of Credit: 45

* Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours

This program starts in the summer on the Los Angeles campus.

Prerequisite:
FIDM degree in Fashion Design.