The Theatre Design/Technology BFA Program:
Costume Design Concentration

The costume designers’ primary responsibility is to be part of the design team that transforms the words of a play into visual imageries. They are involved in developing conceptual and artistic ideas that will be used to guide the imageries for a production. The conservatory encourages its students to discover their own processes of formulating design ideas and to develop a discriminating standard for their own endeavors. Above all, it prepares them for creative and meaningful professional lives in the broad range of theatre activities. Designers learn to visualize the world of plays through the garments and clothing the actors wear while collaborating with directors, actors, other designers and technicians, and the professional staff and students in the costume shop. Students learn from a distinguished faculty of professional designers and artists, both in the classroom and through individual guidance and advising during production work. Students receive formal and informal feedback from faculty through portfolio presentations of their work each year. In addition, classes in costume technology are also available—the costume technology artisan takes the costume designer’s vision and physically creates them. The four-year curriculum in many ways simulates a costume designer’s and a costume technician’s professional experience and process.

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all undergraduate theatre design/technology majors concentrating in costume design must complete the following requirements (101 credits). TAC 1250 (freshman year) and TAC 2100 may be counted toward the liberal arts requirement (30 credits minimum) for the BFA.

Freshman year: 25 credits
The freshman year requirements are the same for all undergraduate theatre design/technology majors.

Sophomore Year: 32 credits
 
Fall: 17 credits
TDT 2120/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2160/Costume Construction I* 3 credits
TDT 2200/Scene Design I 3 credits
TDT 2300/Costume Design I* 3 credits
TDT 2440/Rendering and Graphic Techniques* 2 credits
TDT 2540/Sources of Stage Design 3 credits
 
Spring: 15 credits
TAC 2100/History of the Theatre 4 credits
TDT 2130/Production II* 3 credits
TDT 2170/Costume Construction I* 3 credits
TDT 2310/Costume Design I* 3 credits
TDT 2460/Rendering and Graphic Techniques* 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
 
Junior Year: 25 credits
 
Fall: 10 credits
TAC 2610/Stage Makeup* 1 credit
TDT 3120/Production III* 3 credits
TDT 3160/Costume Construction II* 3 credits
TDT 3300/Costume Design II* 3 credits
 
Spring: 15 credits
TAC 2620/Stage Makeup* 1 credit
TDT 3130/Production III* 3 credits
TDT 3170/Costume Construction II* 3 credits
TDT 3310/Costume Design II* 3 credits
TDT 3720/Computer Graphics and Techniques 3 credits
TDT 4460/Collaborative Process 2 credits
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)
 
Senior Year: 19 credits
 
Fall: 9 credits
TDT 2400/Lighting Design I 3 credits
TDT 4120/Production IV* 3 credits
TDT 4300/Costume Design III* 3 credits
 
Spring: 10 credits
TDT 4130/Production IV* 3 credits
TDT 4310/Costume Design III* 3 credits
TDT 4770/Seminar in Production Design/Art Direction 3 credits
TDT 4880/Portfolio 1 credit
*Part One and Two (two-semester course)


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/
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