Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

Prerequisite:

FIDM degree in Fashion Design, or a prior degree in a related field from another accredited college or university. Additional requirements may apply.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Associate of Arts, Advanced Study (A.A.)

DESN 4050
Costume Design for Film & TV I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces the various techniques used by costume designers and costume supervisors to analyze and break down a script for successful costume design, including character analysis, location, action, continuity, and timelines. Students explore the process of designing for film, TV, and other media.
DESN 4120
Television Then & Now
UNITS: 3
Students learn about the history of television and the new Golden Age of TV, the genres, trends, directors, and stars. Costume innovations and impacts on fashion are included. Class discussions cover the relationship between film and TV.
DESN 4180
Costume Illustration for Film & TV I
UNITS: 3
A practical class in illustrating costume designs from written or verbal descriptions of characters. Students explore a variety of media for illustrating characters and developing drawing techniques. Emphasis is on visual communication and storytelling.
DESN 4350
History of Art, Costume & Culture I
UNITS: 3
A survey of the portrayal of clothing and adornment in pre-20th century art. Students examine the components of historical portraits (postures, fabrics, furnishings, etc.) and develop insights into the social practices and garments of different periods.
DESN 4380
Costume Design for Film & TV II
UNITS: 3
Students analyze the relationship of the costume to the character, the story, the ensemble, the locale, and the time period, and continue to work with scripts, budgets, and character. Class projects build design knowledge and problem-solving skills. Prerequisite: DESN 4050
DESN 4450
Costume Illustration for Film & TV II
UNITS: 3
Students develop their own style of rendering contemporary and period costumes and fabrics using hand and computer rendering skills. Techniques for customizing the illustration to the actor and incorporating appropriate accessories, props, and background elements are included. Prerequisite: DESN 4180
DESN 4480
Costume Supervision for Film & TV
UNITS: 3
A specialized course that explores the job duties of the costume supervisor and what happens to the costume after it has been approved by the costume designer, the actor, and the director. Developing a budget, understanding and managing the roles of the crew, maintaining the costumes, and keeping the continuity book are covered.
DESN 4620
History of Art, Costume & Culture II
UNITS: 3
This class is a broad survey of 20th and 21st century art, fashion, architecture, and photography, and the relevance of these art forms to contemporary styles and practices.
DESN 4680
Studio Design Project I
UNITS: 3
This course investigates fabrics, tools, and the techniques necessary for costume construction, including patterning, sewing, and fitting. Projects will include ageing, dyeing, and allied crafts. In this quarter, students begin work on a costume of their own design which will be completed for exhibition in second quarter.
DESN 4760
History of Film - An Eye on Costume Design
UNITS: 3
Students develop a visual vocabulary of film by exploring the history of American movies, including the great Hollywood costume designers and the stars who became icons of style. Emphasis is placed on important films, directors, and genres from the late 19th century to the present.
DESN 4820
Sourcing the Costume
UNITS: 3
Students gain hands-on experience exploring L.A.s costuming resources. Students learn where to get what they need to successfully source costumes and fulfill their jobs as costume designers.
DESN 4850
Studio Design Project II
UNITS: 3
This course is a continuation of Studio Design Project I.  Students complete exercises in draping, cutting, fitting, and fabric surface design techniques.
DESN 4930
Professional Presentation for Costume Designers
UNITS: 3
This class guides students in the preparation of a professional portfolio in both print and digital forms. Students explore how to navigate a successful career via networking, trade publications, and joining unions and professional organizations. Portfolios will be presented for industry review.
DESN 4980
Internship & Special Topics
UNITS: 3
Students demonstrate their costume design skills through supervised field study on a thesis production with an approved producing entity such as the American Film Institute, USC School of Cinematic Arts, or Chapman University. Students produce an internship portfolio chronicling their experience as a final project. Special topics will be addressed depending on speaker availability.
VCOM 2820
Fashion Styling & Coordination
UNITS: 3
A course which explores job options and the process for both finding work and preparing for a shoot or event. Students survey the work of important contemporary designers, photographers, and stylists. The class culminates in a themed fashion shoot.
Total Units of Credit: 45

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