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Areas of Study [Costume Design]


The Division of Design and Technology of the School of Theatre Arts offer study of costume design for the theatre at the undergraduate and graduate level.

For undergraduates, scenic design is an area of emphasis within the BFA degree program. The program includes through grounding in all areas of theatre design and production as well as broader study of theatre (history, acting, directing) and the University of Arizona general education core of classes.

Topics of study in the costume design courses including: basic and advanced costume construction, costume design, costume crafts, fabric manipulation, fabric dying, pattern drafting and draping, men’s tailoring, period women’s wear, millinery and wig-making. Students have the opportunity to participate in and receive credit for production work each semester. Production assignments may include: design assistant, wardrobe crew head, costume crafts specialist, stitcher, or costume designer.

Graduate level study of costume design is an area of specialization with a demanding MFA program. Graduate students receive one-on-one training from the faculty specialists in design. Production assignments are normally positions of responsibility such as assistant costume designer, first hand or costume designer. An MFA student will design costumes for at least one fully produced main stage production in the three years of their training. Many graduate students in this program have designed two or more productions. The graduate curriculum is a balance between design training and advanced theatre studies.


Undergraduate only costume design classes are:


Undergraduate and Graduate co-convened courses in costume design are:


Graduate costume design courses are: