Costume Design (BFA/MFA)

As a costume design student at Mason Gross, Rutgers you will study with professional design and costume technology faculty members, work in spacious well equipped shops, design several productions in various venues, shop fabrics for those designs in New York City, research those shows in NYC museums and libraries and visit annual special fashion exhibits at FIT, Metropolitan Museum of Art and others.
Your rigorous and comprehensive training will include a carefully integrated series of courses in:
  • Costume History: You will receive a good basic foundation in clothing history styles from ancient Egypt to the present day.
  • Costume Design and Rendering: A series of design projects plussketching period clothes on a live model & master illustrators at the Zimmerli Morse Center, marker and watercolor rendering.
  • Advanced Construction
  • Fabric Dyeing
  • Costume Design I and Costume Design II: A wide variety of projects which apply design theory, analysis of plays and styles of designincludes Shakespeare, dance, opera, musicals, rock stars etc.
  • Seminar in Costume History: First semester course reviews the periods from 1867 through contemporaryused by many regional theaters each season. The second has a Global perspectiveexploring contemporary clothing used by ethnic cultures.
  • Draping I: Basic knowledge of pattern drafting based on draping on a dress form to fit an individual will teach you patternmaking, pattern manipulation and fit techniques of garments post-1920.
  • Design Electives: Many electives are offered for specialized training in costume craft techniques and courses in other areas you may wish to pursue.


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