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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.


FIDM degree in Fashion Design; or an associate’s 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
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. Students design an exhibit costume for a Spring quarter show.
DESN 4120
Television Then & Now
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
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. Illustrations for students exhibit designs are produced.
DESN 4350
History of Art, Costume & Culture I
A survey of the portrayal of clothing and adornment in pre-20th century art. Students examine the components of historical statuary and portraits (postures, fabrics, furnishings, etc.) and develop insights into the social practices and garments of different periods. Students review films and TV shows designed in the periods being studied with special attention to problems solved by the designer.
DESN 4380
Costume Design for Film & TV II
Students analyze the relationship of the costume to the character, the story, the ensemble, the locale, economic and social status, 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
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
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. Sync on Set and Costume Plot Pro software programs are taught and utilized.
DESN 4620
History of Art, Costume & Culture II
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. Films and TV shows are reviewed for each period. Prerequisite: DESN 4350
DESN 4680
Studio Design Project I
This course investigates fabrics, tools, and the techniques necessary for costume construction, including patterning, sewing, and fitting. Projects include ageing, dyeing, and allied crafts. In this quarter, students begin work on a costume of their own design which is completed for exhibition in second quarter.
DESN 4760
History of Film - An Eye on Costume Design
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
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
This course is a continuation of Studio Design Project I. Students install an exhibit of their own design and creation with an illustration of the costume. Students complete exercises in millinery, shoe maintenance, tailoring, alterations, jewelry repair, and color matching dyes. Prerequisite: DESN 4680
DESN 4860
Advanced Styling for Costume Designers
This is a course that teaches the types of styling for celebrities. Students learn the PR houses, business paperwork and etiquette of borrowing, organization, and preparation for a styling job and how to match a celebrity with appropriate and flattering design styles and fashion houses. The course culminates in a photo shoot of student styled current fashion interpreting a period photograph of a film couple.
DESN 4930
Professional Presentation for Costume Designers
This class guides students in the preparation of a professional portfolio in both print and digital forms. Labels are designed and made. Students explore how to navigate a successful career via networking, trade publications, and joining unions and professional organizations. Portfolios are presented for industry review.
DESN 4960
Production Practicum & Special Topics
Students demonstrate their costume design skills through supervised field study of thesis production with an approved producing entity such as the American Film Institute, USC School of Cinematic Arts, or Chapman University, etc. Students produce an internship portfolio chronicling their experience as a final project. Special Topics are addressed with film professionals speaking on topics vital to the designers careers.
Total Units of Credit: 45