Costume Design

M.F.A. in Theatre and Drama (Specialization in Costume Design)


The three-year MFA specialization in Costume Design aims to produce professional costume designers who can bring the art of costume design (script analysis and character interpretation,) and a broad and deep knowledge of the craft of costume design (period and modern style, costume construction, painting and craft work) to the collaborative table. Artistry (conceptual, research-based and graphic) communication (verbal and visual) and collaborative skill development are stressed, along with drafting/ draping/ construction skill development.
Candidates will have the opportunity to explore various genres and styles of theatre though projects and practical work as both designers and assistant designers. Collaborative experiences as well as classwork shared with all specializations reinforce the development of a broad approach to design.

MFA Program of Study

Courses numbered 300 and above count toward a graduate degree. Courses numbered from 301-699 carry both undergraduate and graduate credit; courses numbered from 700-900 and up carry graduate credit only.

Minimum Required Credits for Graduation = 75 credits

Core Program Course Work Taken by All MFA Students = 33 credits

  • 06 Credits of Theatre History/Literature/Criticism
  • 03 Credits of Script Analysis
  • 03 Credits of Directing
  • 03 Credits of “The Business of Acting” or ”The Business of the Business”
  • 12 Credits of Production
  • 06 Credits of Thesis

Specialization Courses

Costume Design (42 Credits)

  • 09 Credits of Design
  • 03 Credits of Drafting
  • 06 Credits of Period Dress and Décor
  • 06 Credits of Collaborative Studio
  • 06 Credits of Skills (Crafts) Course Work
  • 12 Credits of Electives