Curriculum

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.

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.

DESN 3080
Historical Costume Cutting I (6 hours) *
UNITS: 3
A class in the development of historical silhouettes, emphasizing patterning and construction of garments, undergarments and foundations essential to period construction. Character body modification is considered. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
DESN 3130
Historical Costume & Decor I
UNITS: 3
The first course in a series which examines the history of fashion, architecture, furnishings, and textiles in relation to the social and cultural background of each era from the ancient world to the 21st century.
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 3270
Drawing & Rendering for the Theatre I
UNITS: 3
A practical course in which realistic figures are drawn in period costumes and rendered in various medium. Rendering of period fabrics, accessories, and styles is demonstrated and applied.
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 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 3430
History of Costume & Decor 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. Prerequisite: DESN 3130
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 3470
Drawing & Rendering for the Theatre II
UNITS: 3
A continuation of Drawing and Rendering for the Theatre I. A practical course in which realistic figures are drawn in period costumes and rendered in various medium. Rendering of period fabric, accessories, and styles is demonstrated and applied. Prerequisite: DESN 3270
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. Prerequisites: DESN 3080, DESN 3380
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 3730
History of Costume & Decor 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. Prerequisites: DESN 3130, DESN 3430
DESN 3840
Theatre Practice (Internship)
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.
DESN 3870
Costume Crafts III
UNITS: 3
A comprehensive course that culminates in the creation of fully realized, historically accurate, elaborate costume accessories and props. Includes a three (3) hour lab. Prerequisites: DESN 3450, DESN 3680
Total Units of Credit: 45

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

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