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THEA 2402

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Costume Skills For The Theatre
Prerequisite(s) THEA 1607
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course expands on skills learned in the basic Stagecraft course in the areas of Costume Construction, Fabric Science, and Crafts. The approach is practical emphasizing projects over lecture.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course students will:
  1. Gain strong construction skills for Theatre Costume.
  2. Explore fabric science techniques including Dying, Painting, and Printed Fabrics.
  3. Gain an understanding of Patternmaking for costume including Flat Patterning and Draping.
  4. Gain an understanding on the needs of Wardrobe operations
  5. Above all, students will learn the proper procedures for maintaining a safe environment when working in Technical Theatre.
General Education Outcomes
  1. Familiarize students with materials, tools and skills for working as a costumer and crafts person.
  2. Instill a solid understanding of safety practices in working as a costumer and crafts person.
  3. Expose students to the practices and procedures of Wardrobe Management.
  4. Explore fabric science and crafts as they apply to costumes.
Course Content
  1. Practical application of tools and methods for costume construction including hand and machine stitching, cutting fabric, gathering, pleats, serging, pressing, appliqué et. al.
  2. Practical application for altering costumes both for fitting actors and adjustments for period.
  3. Practical application of pattern making techniques including flat patterning, draping.
  4. Practical application of fabric science and crafts including dying, painting, computer printed fabrics, alternate materials for costumes.
  5. Exercises in wardrobe maintenance and management for a production. 6. Proper safety practices for all the above.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives

The final grade for the course will be in part determined by the successful completion of assigned projects in construction. Students will be responsible to complete projects accurately and on schedule for full credit.

Another component in determining the final grade will involve skill testing for certain techniques. Students must be able to demonstrate knowledge of hand sewing and machine skills in order to pass the class.

The final component of the grade will be determined by students participation in projects, their willingness to try new techniques and ask pertinent questions about them. Above all, participation includes proper adherence to safety practices.


Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation for students seeking acceptance into BFA programs in four-year institutions, as well as MFA and post graduate professional programs. The quality of the work, assembled and organized into the student portfolio presentation as well as their ability to discuss and evaluate that work intelligently, serves as the single most important method of assessment by the various instructors and departments the student will encounter during their education. Technical Theatre students need to have a strong portfolio upon gaining their degrees.

Project work in this course will provide further material for students’ portfolios in technical areas. Successful completion of these projects will enhance a student’s chances to gain employment in the field and/or transfer to a 4 year institution for further training.

Along with that work, Students successfully completing this course will learn a skill set that will serve them throughout their professional careers. In the short term, they will be able to confidently add those skills to their resumés, making them more attractive to the profession and four-year academic programs.


Photographic documentation of student work will be kept in digital format for future reference. This documentation may be used as reference for future classes and promotion for the program. These findings can also be used in yearly review to determine the course’s effectiveness and support possible plans for improvement.

Last Revised: Jun. 09, 2011
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